While a large group of people has gotten to know CBD oil as a safe and natural food supplement, offering possible positive effects on our body and mind. Others might still be wary of the way CBD might affect our cognitive function and ability to drive, for example. Luckily, Dutch researchers have now discovered that while some cannabinoids might impact your driving ability, Cannabidiol (CBD) does not:

Driving with CBD and THC

The popularity of hemp-derived supplements like CBD oil has increased enormously over the past few years. And with that we see an increased demand for more information about the possible effects of the substances. Because while we as ISO-certified CBD producers - and our experienced consumers - might trust the safety of Cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids from hemp blindly. Others might still be wary about the possible impact these could have on our day-to-day and cognitive functioning.

One of the larger concerns we hear from lawmakers, researchers and ‘newbies’ in the world of CBD, focuses on the possible effects CBD oil could have on driving skills. Even though the food supplement will not come up in road-side drugstest, nor does it provide users with a high or stoned effect - like other cannabinoids such as THC might. In fact, it is believed that using CBD might even counteract THC’s psychoactive effects.

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So, to settle this once and for all - and reassure first time users of the safety of CBD oil in traffic - Dutch researchers have studied the effects of Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids on 26 healthy drivers.

Dutch CBD research

This - quite unique - experiment was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And used 26 healthy participants to study the effects of various cannabinoids on the user’s driving skills. Each of which was asked to vaporize cannabis containing different THC/CBD ratios before driving 100km’s on public highways. Under controlled circumstances, of course. Considering the drivers were supported by a driving-instructor, with an extra steering-wheel and pedals to take over when needed.

While some of the participants blindly received samples with mainly Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the psychoactive cannabinoid found only in extremely low concentrations in Full Spectrum CBD oil. Others got samples with mainly CBD, an even ratio of THC/CBD, or a placebo. In order to show us the difference in effects between these, when used in traffic.

Measuring the possible driving impairment started at 40 minutes and 240 minutes after consumption; using the standard deviation of lateral position. Also known as SDLP, this is a measure of lane weaving, swerving, and overcorrecting often used for this type of research. This could give researchers a better perspective on the gravity and length of the cannabinoid’s effects on the driving ability of the participants.

CBD safe in traffic

As the researchers concluded, ‘CBD dominant cannabis samples did not negatively impact driving skills’. Considering the SDLP-measurements of the CBD-only users came out almost the same as those of the placebo-group. However, the other cannabinoid ratios (with more THC) did have some impact on the subject’s driving after 40 to 100 minutes after consumption. Though these impairments quickly faded and were no longer noticeable after 240 to 300 minutes after inhalation, the study’s authors say. Moreover, the 50:50 THC:CBD ratio showed to be less impairing than the THC-dominant cannabis samples.

The study was lead by the University of Sydney’s ‘Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics’, and performed by the Dutch University of Maastricht. As stated by head author Thomas Arkell, Ph.D., ‘these findings are the first to suggest that CBD, when consumed without THC, does not impair a subject’s driving ability.’ Providing us once again with evidence in support of the safety of using CBD oil with Cannabidiol - even when operating a vehicle.