Can CDL Drivers Use CBD Safely?

CBD is a popular product that is often sold in the form of oil, cream, lotion, gummies, or pills. It is said to help with a variety of medical conditions, such as epileptic seizures, anxiety, muscle and joint pain, depression and migraines. These products are legal under federal law in the United States. So, can truck drivers take CBD?The only real risk for a truck driver is the very small chance of testing positive for THC in a drug test.

For physical examination determinations, CBD products are not considered illegal substances. Therefore, the use of CBD oils and creams does not disqualify a driver from getting certified to drive. However, the use of marijuana, prescribed or not, always disqualifies. In short, CBD is technically legal for truck drivers to use at work, but they should avoid taking it with them when crossing into states such as North Dakota or Idaho. Since CBD products vary in concentration, are poorly regulated and contain at least trace amounts of THC, they put a professional truck driver's CDL at risk. The Department of Transportation recently issued a warning to truck drivers that using CBD products may cause them to be disqualified from driving.

Yes, it's legal for truck drivers to consume CBD in general, but it's not so clear when it comes to consuming CBD at work. The DOT took the initiative by publishing a guide to help hard-working CDL professionals understand the risks associated with CBD.

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