Is it legal to drive on CBD?

CBD — the abbreviation for cannabidiol — is a non-psychoactive substance found in marijuana. It has become increasingly popular as a way to obtain the health benefits of marijuana without getting high.  CBD products typically have a low amount of the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, THC.

Although the state is moving to regulate the production and manufacture of CBD, the use of CBD is largely unregulated in California. However, if you drive after ingesting CBD, you may still be charged with a DUI of marijuana.

California does not have a legal limit for the amount of CBD that can be in a person’s bloodstream when driving.  Even if a person is not high or stoned from their use of CBD, they could still be stopped and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence if they commit a driving error. Consuming any CBD product can trigger a false positive on a urine test. While a skilled Orange County DUI defense lawyer can challenge these results, the process can be challenging — and there is no guarantee of success.

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