Before taking CBD — for the first time — and hopping behind the steering wheel, it might be a good idea to figure out how your body responds to both low and high doses.

In most cases, if you take a standard low-medium dose of CBD, you should be safe and legal to drive. However, larger doses of CBD can trigger sedative effects that can make you drowsy and sleepy. Once you’ve figured out how you respond to both high and low doses, you can make a more wise decision.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at how to more safely use CBD while driving.

Is it safe to take CBD oil and drive?

CBD has a unique property known as biphasic. Biphasic means it produces two different effects, depending on the dosage.

In lower doses, CBD typically won’t trigger its sedative effects. However, in higher doses, CBD can have a POWERFUL sleep triggering effect. 

(My experience. The most CBD I’ve taken at one time was two full droppers worth, which was approximately 2 mL of a lesser potent product. Long story short the sedative effects are very real and very powerful.

I had some of the best sleep I’ve ever had. In hindsight, that was definitely WAY too much CBD for me to take because I woke up feeling like I overslept and my entire next day was a little drowsy).

Since CBD is non-intoxicating you won’t have to worry about it getting you high or affecting your cognitive thinking, motor skills, or any other psychological parameter.

Will any CBD side effect negatively impact your ability to drive?

According to the FDA, CBD can cause sleepiness, lethargy, and sedation. Because of these potential side effects, the FDA recommends caution in the operation of a motor vehicle.

Even though CBD is show to have a very high safety profile and a much lower list of potential side effects, that fact is, CBD can cause some potentially concerning side effects.

Depending on the dose and how you’ve come to understand how CBD works with your body, at different times of the day and under different conditions, it might be wise to get a full understanding of how CBD makes your feel on a regular basis before jumping behind the wheel and driving either short or long distances.

How long after taking CBD oil can you drive?

According to the FDA, most individuals are able to safely drive while taking medication, pending the specific effects.

There are a handful of things you can do and discuss with your doctor to help lower the impact of certain potential negative potentials in driving.

Your doctor might adjust your dosage, the time you take your dose, recommend nutrition and/or exercise to lower the need for certain medications or change your medications if it causes a negative interaction with CBD.

Once you’ve first figured out the CBD dosage your body type should start with, you can then get a good idea of how you respond to CBD and then make the appropriate decision.

It’s recommended you avoid driving while taking CBD until you get a good idea for how you respond to it.

In larger doses, CBD can have a sedative effect, making you sleepy. It’s probably not a good idea to take a large quantity of CBD and then go on a long-distance drive. 

If you take CBD drops under your tongue, the average time it takes to start feeling it is within 15 minutes and up to an hour.

Depending on your specific dosage and the method you’re taking CBD can determine how hard it hits you, how fast you feel it, and how long the effects will last.

Vaporizing CBD produces near-instant effects but is short-lived.

Taking a CBD edible will take the longest to start producing an effect but the effects tend to last the longest.

Using CBD oil drops under your tongue is a balance between the two.

Drops under the tongue have a pretty rapid onset with the effects lasting a moderate amount of time.

Before driving with CBD, make sure you have a full understanding of how your body responds to the effects. 

If the CBD oil you’re taking is compliant with Idaho state CBD laws, then it should technically be ok to drive while taking CBD. 

It’s absolutely critical — in Idaho — to only use CBD containing zero (0.000%) THC.

If the CBD oil you’ve purchased contains even the slightest amount of THC, Idaho state law considers it as marijuana and can prosecute.

The CBD oil brands I recommend have zero detectable amounts of THC and are therefore legal in Idaho.

These are the CBD oil brands I purchase because I’ve kept a close eye on the lab tests results from the companies I recommend. 

However, a few words a caution. Not all CBD companies are perfect and sometimes a batch will test positive for a very slight trace amount of THC.

It’s your responsibility to verify the batch of CBD you’re getting ready to purchase has a recent lab test result for you to personally verify there are no detectable amounts of illegal THC in it. 

Do you need to consult your doctor before driving with CBD?

Possibly. When taking a new substance or medication, the potential reactions can be numerous.

The FDA recommends you don’t drive upon the first time you take a new medication.

Until you know how you’re going to respond, it’s best to take CBD several times to gain a proper awareness of how CBD will affect you.

Talk openly and honestly with your doctor.

If your doctor has you taking other medication it might be wise to have a quick chat to verify safety.

There are some medications that can interfere with CBD.

Some medications work more effectively with CBD and some medications cause negative interactions.

The primary concern with taking CBD is potential drug interactions.

Certain medications can interact with CBD and cause several potential undesirable outcomes. 

By keeping an honest and open dialog with your doctor and telling them what’s happening as it happens, no matter what the reaction, the better.

Whether your experience is good or bad, the FDA recommends telling both your doctor and pharmacist about your unique experience with CBD.