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CBD in road traffic: An overview

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Like many other consumers of CBD products, you are probably wondering whether you are allowed to continue driving after taking them. In the following, explains to you briefly and concisely how the legal situation in Switzerland currently presents itself.

CBD and the steering of vehicles
The purchase and sale of CBD products with a THC content of less than 1% is legal in Switzerland since 2016. Until today, there is no legal regulation for driving after consumption of CBD products. According to a report of the SRF, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is working to remedy this problem.

But what exactly is the difference in the effects of CBD and THC? CBD is fundamentally different from THC. This difference can be seen, for example, in the interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which every human organism has. CBD stimulates the binding efficiency of CB1 and CB2 receptors and influences the production of metabolic enzymes. Due to the scientifically proven fact that CBD has no direct influence on the CB1 receptors, memory and perception as well as coordination and responsiveness are not impaired, unlike the consumption of products with a THC content of over 1%.

Since the sale and purchase of CBD products with a THC content of less than 1% is legal in Switzerland and CBD has demonstrably no psychoactive effects, driving a car after consuming CBD products (e.g. CBD cigarette) is generally not prohibited.

Attention – traffic control
For further information on the CBD, the Federal Office of Public Health refers to a factsheet of the organization Addiction Switzerland. Sucht Schweiz says the following about the topic CBD in road traffic:

“According to current knowledge, the effect of CBD on driving ability and fitness to drive is negligible, however, CBD tobacco substitutes contain small amounts of THC, which may cause the permitted blood limit for THC in road traffic (1.5 micrograms THC per liter of blood) to be exceeded. In this case the person is considered unfit to drive. Whether and from when the limit value is exceeded when consuming such tobacco substitutes cannot be defined abstractly. The use of cannabis containing CBD is generally discouraged for participation in road traffic”.

In concrete terms this means: If you drive a vehicle after taking CBD products with a THC content of less than 1% and you come across a police checkpoint, it is possible that a possible drug test may turn out positive – even though the CBD product contains only a very small amount of THC. The police currently have no means of proving that the THC content in the blood is due to the ingestion of a CBD product.

In summary, it can be said that there is no legal ban on driving after taking CBD products. However, it should always be kept in mind that there is currently no possibility of differentiation in rapid tests in road traffic, which is why there is still a possibility that such a test could turn out positive. For this reason, strongly recommends that you refrain from driving any vehicle after consuming CBD-containing products.

Very briefly:
As of today (September 2020), there is no legal regulation in Switzerland for driving vehicles after consumption of products containing the CBD. CBD has no psychoactive effect. However, since there is still the danger that a possible drug test could turn out positive, urgently advises you to refrain from driving any kind of vehicle after consumption of CBD products.

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