Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a relatively new and exciting cannabis medicine available in Australia.
We are still learning about its effects and creating rules and laws the use of CBD, but the biggest question is, do we need to worry about taking CBD and driving?
Cannabis is a drug that has an intoxicating effect, and it is illegal to drive under the influence. CBD, however, is a non-intoxicating safe compound extracted from cannabis. It is generally safe and legal to drive after taking CBD in Australia, as long as the driver is not impaired.
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The Quick Difference Between Cannabis and CBD
Cannabis and marijuana are well-known as a recreational drug, and only in recent years have they become available in Australia as a medicine.
The public image of cannabis is still stoners, drugs, couch potatoes, and party-goers, but perception is changing fast with everyday medicinal cannabis use becoming normal in Australia.
The cannabis plant and flower have psychoactive properties, the most popular being THC, that causes an intoxicating effect.
THC produces the intoxicating effect by interfacing with our bodies CB1 receptors found in our endocannabinoid system.
Due to this fact, many people assume that it is unsafe to drive under the influence of Cannabidiol (CBD) as it extracted from the same cannabis plant.
At a glance, it makes sense; however, extensive studies show that CBD is a non-intoxicating and non-psychoactive cannabis compound.
This means that it should not have any adverse effects on Australians and their abilities to drive safely.
What Is CBD?
CBD oil, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is the most popular medicinal cannabis medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
It is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions and their symptoms, including:
And many more!
The most common form of CBD prescribed to patients in Australia include:
The safest option is the CBD isolate, as this is pure CBD concentrate without any other potentially intoxicating compounds.
Full-spectrum CBD is the most natural extraction from the cannabis plant, but this includes a wide variety of other compounds, including THC. This is not recommended for driving.
The broad-spectrum CBD is the same as the full-spectrum, except for the THC. They filter out the THC during the production process to create a natural CBD oil without the main THC intoxicating effects.
Always consult with your doctor to find a form of CBD oil that’s safest for you to drive with, while not limiting its ability to treat your medical condition.
Conclusion: Is It Safe To Drive On CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the cannabis plant for medicinal and therapeutic applications.
Cannabis, in its original form, has psychoactive and intoxicating effects that impair your ability to drive.
CBD, however, is a cannabis compound without any psychoactive or intoxicating effects.
CBD can alter your state of mind by boosting your alertness, and it can also cause a relaxing and calming effect.
It is legal and generally safe to drive after taking CBD oil that does not include any psychoactive cannabis compounds.
The most common CBD oil without psychoactive compounds is the CBD isolate and the broad-spectrum CBD oil.
The effects of CBD is different for everyone, so it is best to consult with your doctor to find the most suitable medical treatment.
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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