Use of CBD by Truck Drivers

SAP Evaluation

DOT drug screens are an important part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) drug and alcohol testing program. DOT drug screens are performed to ensure that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are not impaired by drugs or alcohol. DOT drug screens are conducted using urine specimens. Drivers are required to provide a urine specimen for testing at a DOT-certified laboratory. The specimen is then tested for the presence of drugs or alcohol. There are several different types of DOT drug screens that can be performed, depending on the type of CMV driver being tested. The most common type of DOT drug screen is the pre- employment drug screen. This type of drug screen is required for all CMV drivers who are applying for a job with a DOT-regulated company.

The pre-employment drug screen is a urine test that looks for the presence of drugs or alcohol. The test is typically conducted at a DOT- certified laboratory. Drivers who are applying for a job with a DOT-regulated company are required to take the pre-employment drug screen. The next most common type of DOT drug screen is the random drug screen. Random drug screens are performed on CMV drivers who are already employed by a DOT-regulated company It is important to know what to do if you fail a DOT drug screen. The first step is to contact your employer. They will likely have a procedure in place for handling this type of situation. It is important to follow their instructions carefully as you will need to complete a drug treatment program in order to get back to work. If you are not a CDL holder, you may still be subject to disciplinary action from your employer. They may require you to complete a drug treatment program before you are allowed to return to work. It is important to seek help if you are struggling with drug addiction. There are many resources available to help you get through this difficult time.
For today’s talk I would like to specifically talk about CBD and the problem with it being so widely available without the proper warnings needed for this to occur. Companies across America do not adequately address the dangers of CBD oil. CBD oil is a hemp-derived extract that contains levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. While CBD oil is not currently regulated by the DOT, it is legal in many states. This means that CBD oil is readily available to truck drivers and other commercial vehicle operators, who are then able to use it while on the job. You might be thinking to yourself, but CBD is safe they sell it at the grocery store or the guy behind the counter told me it was 0%.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has shown promise in treating a variety of medical conditions.

CBD is thought to have originated in Central Asia. The region is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, including the Chinese and Mongol empires. CBD was likely introduced to Europe and the Americas through the Silk Road trade route.
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana plants. However, CBD from hemp is legal in all 50 states, while CBD from marijuana is still illegal in many states. This is because hemp plants contain very little THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.
CBD has a wide range of potential medical applications. It has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, depression, and pain. CBD is also being studied for its potential to treat other medical conditions, such as epilepsy, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana and is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects. When THC enters the brain, it binds to cannabinoid receptors, which are found in high concentrations in the hippocampus, cerebellum, and basal ganglia. These areas are responsible for memory, movement, and coordination. THC alters the normal function of these brain regions and can result in impaired memory, difficulty with motor skills, and changes in mood.
THC also affects the brain’s reward system, which is responsible for reinforcing behaviors that are essential for survival, such as eating and reproduction. THC activates the reward system by increasing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This activation of the reward system can lead to compulsive drug seeking and abuse.
Long-term exposure to THC can result in changes in the brain that persist even after the person stops using the drug. These changes can lead to problems with learning and memory, and increased anxiety and paranoia.
The problem with this is that THC can impair a person’s ability to drive safely and because there is currently no way to differentiate between someone getting the THC in their system via actual marijuana or CBD. THC can cause drivers to have slower reaction times, make poor decisions, and even fall asleep at the wheel. In fact, studies have shown that THC is just as impairing as alcohol. And, like alcohol, the effects of THC can last for several hours after use. This means that a truck driver who uses CBD oil before getting behind the wheel could be in real risk of losing their license even though they thought the product they were using was mundane.
It is important that the DOT address this issue and put regulations in place to ensure that CBD oil is not used by commercial vehicle operators while on the job. Otherwise, the SAP program will continue to be a great way to improve our nation
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Please visit my other blog to learn about Available Substance Abuse Treatment for Truck Driver

Information Source:

SAMHSA | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration | U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

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