CBD is legal in Texas and its use is widespread. USA Today reports that as many as 7% of Americans use CBD, with this number only expected to grow in the coming years. What is CBD, does it really have all the benefits claimed, and are there any risks to using CBD and driving? Let’s explore.
CBD is only medically approved at the federal level for the treatment of epilepsy. While there have been encouraging studies indicating that CBD can also be beneficial for other conditions, it hasn’t been medically approved for other medicinal uses. That said, many people still use CBD to treat pain, to treat insomnia, anxiety, and other conditions, and many Americans swear by it. Currently, CBD is only approved to treat a rare form of epilepsy. Harvard Health Publishing notes that CBD is effective in treating two types of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In these illnesses, CBD could reduce the number of seizures a patient has. There has also been limited evidence that CBD might have implications for reducing pain, even chronic pain.
CBD doesn’t produce a high like marijuana because CBD doesn’t contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. In fact, in order to be legal, CBD must contain less than 0.3% THC. That said, this doesn’t mean that THC is completely absent from CBD, and the active effects of using CBD can impact alertness and a person’s ability to drive. CBD can still leave users with side-effects, and these side-effects could also impact a person’s ability to drive. Harvard Health Publishing notes that CBD can leave a person feeling fatigued, nauseous, and irritable. Fatigued driving is dangerous driving. There are reports that driving while fatigued can potentially be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, federal law limits how long a truck driver can be behind the wheel precisely to prevent fatigued driving. Ultimately, when it comes to using CBD, or any other drug, for that matter, if it makes you feel tired or fatigued, your best option is to avoid getting behind the wheel.
With more CBD users on the road, what can you do if you think you’ve been injured in a car accident due to a person who was fatigued as a result of taking CBD? If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you may have the right to seek damages for your injuries from the negligent driver. If the driver was found to be under the influence of a substance that impaired his or her driving, you may have a case. The Cooper Law Firm is a Texas car accident law firm that may be able to assist you with your claim. Reach out to our personal injury lawyer in Texas today to learn more.
CBD and Marijuana May be Indistinguishable in Drug Tests
The New York Times reports that studies indicate that some drug labs used by police may not be able to distinguish between marijuana and CBD. In fact, some CBD users report that they have been arrested for marijuana or faced scrutiny for marijuana when they were using CBD, its legal variant. The New York Times independently reviewed the study and confirmed that some drug tests could create false positives for CBD users.
What does this mean if you’ve been in a car accident? For one, it means that the other driver may not have been under the influence of marijuana if a drug test comes up positive. But it may mean that the driver might have been using CBD. Should it make a difference when it comes to impaired driving, though? The law is clear about impaired driving. If a driver appears to be impaired while driving, he or she shouldn’t be behind the wheel. If you’ve been hurt in a crash and suspect that the other driver might be under the influence of drugs, it is important to call the police, make a crash report, report the accident to your insurance company, and consider reaching out to the personal injury lawyers at the Cooper Law Firm in Texas today. Our attorneys can review your case, help you understand your rights, and may be able to fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you think you were injured because another driver was under the influence of drugs or was fatigued while driving, you may have the right to fight back. A car accident lawyer can help you with various aspects of your car accident claim. We can investigate the accident, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight to help you get the settlement you may deserve under the law. The Cooper Law Firm is a car accident attorney in Texas that may be able to assist you with your case. Reach out to our law firm today or connect with USAttorneys.com to get matched with a car accident lawyer at the Cooper Law Firm today.