FMCSA Reminds Truckers of CBD Issues

June 3, 20210

Cannabidiol, known as CBD, is often touted as a remedy for many health problems. However, many truckers overlook its effects on the body.

CBD helps reduce pain, relieve anxiety and depression, lower high blood pressure and reduce the harmful effects of cancer treatments. And, while it is derived from cannabis plants, CBD is not the compound that provides the “high” associated with marijuana.

It can still cause problems for truck drivers, who must be tested for drug use.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently released an update urging truck drivers and their employers to be wary of using CBD.

“Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products,” the FMCSA said in the “clearinghouse update” it issued.

The agency reminded the truckers:

• DOT requires testing for marijuana, not CBD

• CBD use is not considered a legitimate medical explanation for a positive drug test result

• The U.S. Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation, 49 CFR Part 40, does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.

More information about CBD for truckers – Truck Drivers and CBD: All You Need To Know


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