Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become popular in recent years throughout our society. CBD oil is present in all different kinds of products, from seltzer water to hand lotion. However, because CBD oil is related to marijuana, many people wonder if it is safe to consume CBD and then drive. Is this legal in the state of Connecticut? Could it result in a DUI charge? On this page, I will provide the answers to these questions, as well as explain CBD in more detail.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. This plant contains many different compounds, the most common of which are CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the substance that produces the “high” effect when a person consumes marijuana. It is important to remember that CBD and THC are different properties. They can be consumed together or apart. In the state of Connecticut, and in many other states, CBD oil on its own is legal. So is CBD oil containing less than .03% of THC. This type of CBD cannot get you high because there is not enough THC to produce a legitimate effect on the human body (or in some cases, there is no THC at all).
THC and CBD have similar effects on the human body, except for the fact that THC produces a high feeling. Both compounds are used to assist with issues such as:
- Stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Could help reduce acne.
- Could improve heart health.
- Relief for chronic pain.
There are new studies being prepared on CBD oil and its benefits all the time. For example, there are currently studies testing if CBD oil has an effect on reducing a person’s risk for cancer, or on shrinking the size of tumors. CBD oil also has calming properties for anxious pets.
Can I Get a DUI If I Have CBD Oil?
As mentioned above, CBD oil containing less than .03% of THC is legal in the state of Connecticut. These forms of CBD do get you high, and therefore do not cause impairment in the human body. Because of this, it is safe to drive after consuming these types of CBD oil. If this is the case and you are pulled over for some reason, you should not be charged with a drug DUI. This situation might be different if you have consumed CBD oil that contains more than .03% THC. This could cause a high effect and impair your ability to drive. If the THC shows up in a drug test, you could be charged with a drug DUI. If you find yourself in this situation, I would recommend contacting a DUI attorney to assist with your situation.
CBD and cannabis laws are constantly changing in our society. In addition, different states allow for different things when it comes to CBD. You should keep this in mind if you are visiting another state or if you live in another state. You should also frequently check the laws related to your state to make sure that you remain in compliance with the regulations in your area.
This area of the law is constantly evolving. If you have been charged with a DUI related to cannabis or CBD oil, contacting an attorney can ensure that you establish the most up-to-date defense for your situation. I am happy to help – simply give my office a call!