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Can Truck Drivers Use CBD Oil?

If you are CDL licensed truck driver, you will be well acquainted with back pain and muscle aches and equally familiar with the efficacy of CBD oil for providing effective pain relief. With the number of times you have to undergo random drug tests, it is time to confront the question that would already have crossed your mind on countless occasions as a CBD oil user-Is it safe for me to use CBD oil as a CDL truck driver?

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What does the Law say about CBD Oil Use?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are phytocannabinoids obtained from the cannabis plant and are closely related structurally. There is, however, a stark difference that makes them stand apart. THC is the psychoactive agent that can make you “high”. CBD lacks any such potential.

At the federal level, all kinds of hemp products are illegal, including CBD. Now here is the catch. While state laws vary from one state to another, in most of the states, the law requires commercial CBD derived products to contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In some states, however, the use of hemp in all forms is illegal. These include Nebraska, South Dakota and Idaho.

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Does CBD oil contain THC?

There is no black and white answer to this question as so much hides amongst the greys when it comes to the type of CBD being used to prepare CBD oil. As dictated by the law, the CBD oils being marketed contain less than 0.3% THC. 

While this amount is present in mere traces, it is too little to elicit any significant effects and definitely not enough to make you “high”. But even these traces might be picked up on drug tests. 

There is still a way to go around this problem though. To use CBD oil that contains ‘CBD isolates’ instead of ‘full spectrum CBD’. To understand more about the differences between the two, let us talk about them at length. 

Read also: What are the Benefits and Side Effects of CBD?

Full spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolates

Full spectrum CBD refers to the extract of cannabis plant that contains that full range of compounds obtained from the original plant, including more than a hundred different cannabinoids (including THC), terpenes and phenols etc. These compounds act together to exert what is known as the “entourage effect”. In simpler words, the combined effect of these compounds is greater than the effect of any of these working alone. 

On the other end of the spectrum is “CBD isolate”. It contains more than 99% pure CBD. The extracts obtained from the plant are subjected to further purification processes which separate CBD from other cannabinoids. CBD isolate has, therefore, even lesser amount of THC as compared to full spectrum CBD, if any at all. 

In terms of health benefits, full spectrum CBD is better for optimal health effects but it has a higher likelihood of testing positive on a drug test since it contains more amount of THC than that present in the CBD isolates. If you want to be a safe player, CBD isolate is the obvious choice.

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Can CBD oil trigger a positive result during drug testing?

Even though there are CBD oils that claim they are “100% pure and without THC” you have to understand — it’s extremely hard to completely eradicate all traces of THC from the oil. Even the purest forms of isolate CBD have small amounts of THC in them. In theory, that means that you can test positive on a drug test, even if you are only using CBD oil for its therapeutic benefits like pain relief or management.


Furthermore, the drug testing and analyzing can’t differentiate if the THC came from marijuana or it’s a result of trace amounts in the CBD oil. Therefore, there’s no way to prove that you’re using legal medicinal aids.

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So can Truck Drivers use CBD Oil?

Again, it is not a simple yes/no question. In most of the states, it is legal to use CBD oil since the amount of THC present in them is less than 0.3% which falls within the boundaries of the law. At the same time, however, the traces of THC present in the CBD oil may turn out to be positive on drug tests which can put your licence at stake since you will be hard pressed to prove that this THC is coming from medicinal use of CBD products, not recreational ones. 

In order to minimize the chances of positive drug tests for THC, it is better to use topical CBD products such as creams or ointments which go undetected on random blood tests. 

Bottom Line

  • ·      “Benefit vs risk” should be your motto if you decide to opt for CBD oil for your health as a CDL truck driver. Only you can make the decision whether the therapeutic benefit of CBD oil is worth risking your licence and career. 
  • ·      If it is absolutely inevitable, better opt for topical CBD products to minimize the risk of a positive drug test. 
  • ·      Until the federal and state laws unanimously legalize CBD products, using CBD oil as a CDL truck driver is always going to be risk. If it is the only skill set you possess and the financial implications of losing the licence is likely to become too great a burden, better go for alternative options.