As one of the most popular members of the cannabinoid family (after THC), CBD has gained acceptance for its potential antidepressant, anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties. With more popularity comes the need to understand how best to utilize the product and obtain its maximum benefits.

Although CBD is safe for use with little to no life-threatening side effects, there is a growing concern on its ability to induce sleep. There are also concerns about the presence of THC (the intoxicating chemical found in the cannabis plant) in CBD products hence the need to be extra careful when using CBD products.

Ingesting CBD and operating a machine or driving is a serious concern. These concerns don’t arise from CBD but from the possible combination of chemicals in the products and how your body reacts to them. Since CBD is non-intoxicating, it is legal to drive or operate heavy machines after ingesting it, as long as the products don’t make you dizzy or high.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors to modulate cognitive activities such as sleep, appetite, and focus. Taking them before driving may improve your focus, assist you in dealing with pains from too much work, protect your body from inflammatory reactions, and above, maintain a good internal balance. There are also reports on how CBD can play an active role in the sleep-wake cycle by deciding when you fall asleep or remain focused.

Taking CBD can raise your anandamide and GABA levels within the brain. Anandamide and GABA are neurotransmitters directly involved in promoting relaxation while decreasing anxiety. The production of these effects are not intoxicating or mind-altering. All they do is to alter your mood and keep you focused. These activities are not bad for drivers or people who operate heavy machines.

If you intend to drive or operate a machine after using CBD products, these products must be completely free from THC and other intoxicating chemicals. Also, try to monitor how you respond to CBD. This will determine your decision to use the products.


Paying good attention to your body chemistry allows you to monitor any possible CBD related side effects that may tamper with your focus while driving or operating a machine. Please contact your CBD expert or physician for recommendations on how to use CBD products. We will love to hear from you.