It remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana. Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products.
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing a concentration of up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not controlled substances. THC is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Any product, including “Cannabidiol” (CBD) products, with a concentration of more than 0.3% THC remains classified as marijuana, a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
It is important for all employers and safety-sensitive employees to know:
We have had inquiries about whether the Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products. Safety-sensitive employees who are subject to drug testing specified under 49 CFR part 40 (Part 40) include: pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.
The contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. This policy and compliance notice is not legally binding in its own right and will not be relied upon by the Department as a separate basis for affirmative enforcement action or other administrative penalty. Conformity with this policy and compliance notice is voluntary only and nonconformity will not affect rights and obligations under existing statutes and regulations. Safety-sensitive employees must continue to comply with the underlying regulatory requirements for drug testing, specified at 49 CFR part 40.
People around the country use CBD in the hope that it will help them with common aches and pains, and smoking CBD is one of the fastest ways to experience the benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid. While other CBD ingestion methods take a long time to take effect, you can feel the effects of smoking CBD almost instantly, which makes this ingestion method ideal for quick relief when you’re behind the wheel.
Driving a semi causes muscle tension regardless of your age or physical health, but people with underlying health conditions experience the pain of driving much more acutely. If you have arthritis, for instance, gripping the steering wheel of your rig will start to hurt after only a few hours, and if you’re overweight or suffer from diabetes, sitting for extended periods can become profoundly uncomfortable.
3. Getting some sleep at noisy rest stops
People use CBD to relax for all sorts of reasons, and plenty of truckers have tried CBD to relax during long hauls. While we’d never recommend smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car, hemp is different. CBD-rich hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, so it won’t get you high no matter how much CBD flower you smoke to push through the extra mile.
Lighting up a CBD flower pre-roll is just as easy, however, as lighting a tobacco cigarette—but without the unwanted odor and side effects. As long as you have a suitable container for your ash, you won’t get detritus all over your cab, and there’s zero chance of a CBD pre-roll leaving behind stains of any kind. At the same time, smoking CBD flower is one of the most potent ways to use this cannabinoid, so you have nothing to lose by choosing this mess-free CBD ingestion method.
Other common types of CBD products are just as messy or difficult to use while you’re driving. Even the most absorbent water-based CBD topicals stay on your hands for a minute or two, and oil-based topicals will make everything you touch slippery and leave stains behind. CBD capsules are easier to use on the road than CBD tinctures, but it’s still relatively complicated to swallow pills while you’re supposed to be focused on the road.
To start, the use of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes is now legal in 11 U.S states . Cannabis-derived products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oils, are now federally legal.
CBD oil is also known for its benefits on the skin . Findings show that the fatty acids present in the oil can protect the skin from breakouts and inflammation whilst keeping the skin nourished and moisturized. It can also aid with various skin conditions such as dermatitis, lichen planus, acne rosacea, and eczema.
Can Truck Drivers Use CBD Oil?
CBD oil is federally legal in the United States, so yes truck drivers, just like anyone else, can use CBD products. Keep in mind that the laws regarding CBD’s status have varying degrees of restrictions. Some states allow the full use of the product while others restrict it altogether. Not confusing at all, right?
So if you’re driving cross-country with CBD, the only three states you have to worry about are South Dakota, Idaho, and Iowa.
So if you’re ever in doubt, simply scan the QR code with your phone and keep the lab tests handy while.