When marijuana became legal in Canada last fall, a lot of questions and concerns were vocalized regarding the effects of cannabis and how it may interfere with other daily activities.
One significant concern that was raised by many was how cannabis and driving don’t mix, which, in my opinion, is an incredibly warranted claim.
To best comprehend the ways in which marijuana consumption can influence our driving, it’s important to recognize the difference between THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD oil, or Cannabidiol oil. An article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website explains that “unlike alcohol or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil does not give you a high, slow your reflexes down, or mess up with your visual perception and concentration … Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil, on the other hand, is an extract made from its leaves and stems, usually mixed with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. Unlike its other cousins, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which are the ones responsible for getting you high.”
Since THC has psychoactive properties, it is illegal to drive while under its influence. But what about CBD oil?
“As long as the CBD oil you use contains no more than 0.3% THC, it’s classified as a hemp product and is therefore legal,” the article says.
CBD oil is gaining popularity by a variety of users, thanks to its healing and therapeutic properties, its ability to enhance performance and recovery, and even what it offers in terms of dietary supplements, the article explains. I have come across several reports and studies detailing the good this oil can do for the human body, and I’m curious to see if it will continue to progress in popularity the longer cannabis remains legal in Canada.
If you’re curious about CBD oil and the ways in which it affects the body, do some research and/or speak to your physician.
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