It is currently illegal to drive in Australia with any amount of THC in your system, as it can cause impairment. It is important to know that THC can be detected in saliva for 4-6 hours after use, in blood for up to 7 days, and in urine for up to 24 days. However, you can drive after using a CBD product as long as it does not contain THC. These laws and regulations still apply even if you have a script for medicinal cannabis.
THC and driving
It is illegal to drive in Australia with any amount of THC in your system, even if you are using medicinal cannabis products. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and it is responsible for the “high” that people experience when they use cannabis.
If you test positive for THC while driving, you can lose your license and be taken to court. You may also face a fine or criminal charges. Having a prescription for medicinal cannabis is not a valid defense against prosecution for driving under the influence. The presence of THC can also be used as evidence to deny your insurance and personal injury claims.
A growing movement advocates shifting from roadside drug tests to others such as field sobriety assessments. Additionally, various other objective testing methods are currently under scrutiny for their potential application in this context.
CBD and driving
You can legally drive with CBD in your system as long as you are not impaired. It is still important for patients to check with their doctor as CBD can cause lowered blood pressure, drowsiness, and fatigue which can affect driving. However, it is important to note that some CBD oils may contain THC, so it is important to check the label before using the product and driving.
What to do if you need to drive
If you use medicinal cannabis and need to drive, it is important to talk to your doctor. They may be able to prescribe you a different medication or help you to develop a plan for managing your condition without impairing your driving skills.