More and more people are using hemp based CBD products in their daily lives. While doing so, many users need to work in a field which requires the operation of heavy machinery and equipment.

Workers in Construction, Mining, Forestry, Baggage Handling, Garbage disposal, Concrete mixing, Paving and Asphalting, Demolition, Agriculture, Fabrication and Municipal works may wonder if they too can reap the benefits of hemp based CBD products.   

But, can you work around heavy equipment with CBD in your system?

In short, yes, you can legally operate heavy equipment and use heavy duty vehicles after consuming a regulated hemp based CBD product.

But, the product you are using must fall within regulation levels.

You can use CBD products and work with heavy machinery so long as you follow these guidelines….

A regulation hemp based product will only contain trace amounts of the cannabinoid THC.

In 2019, Hemp based CBD Oils are legally required to contain no more than 0.3% THC.

THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is an active ingredient found within the cannabis plant which induces psychoactive side effects.  

THC is the ingredient which causes you to feel “high” when ingesting cannabis.

Regulation hemp based CBD oils and products are refined to extract THC, they do not make you “high” nor do they alter your ability to safely operate heavy machinery in the workplace, provided you are taking the recommended daily dosages.

Should you operate heavy machinery/equipment after taking HIGH doses of a hemp based CBD oil?

In our opinion No, you should not operate heavy equipment in the workplace after consuming too high a dosage of CBD.

As many hemp based CBD oil users could tell you, consuming too much CBD oil is not a pleasant experience.

While a hemp based CBD product will not make you “high”, consuming too much will likely make you feel unwell.  

While there is no danger to your life, and you can’t overdose on CBD alone, you can feel fuzzy headed and drowsy after consuming too high a dosage of CBD.  

This sensation will pass but it is not a safe condition to be operating heavy equipment.

There has never been a reported death linked to hemp based CBD products, however, it is a really bad idea to work with heavy equipment if you are light headed after putting too high a dosage of CBD into your system.

We recommend that you take some time to adapt to each and every new hemp based CBD oil you try.

When starting out with a new hemp based CBD product it can take some time for your body to adjust and a common side effect is drowsiness.  

It is generally recommended that absolute beginners, and also regular CBD users that are trialling a new CBD product, gain a sense of how their body reacts to each hemp based CBD oil because the results can vary drastically from product to product.

Once you have a better sense of your body’s reaction to a new product and you are confident that your alertness levels are unimpaired, it is perfectly safe to operate heavy equipment.

Regarding dosages of a hemp based CBD oil, everybody is different.  

Depending on numerous factors including your height, weight and metabolism the ideal dosage for you will differ.

It is recommended that you start off slowly with a weaker hemp based CBD oil and build up to the perfect dosage of CBD for you over time.  

You will have a better better idea of your alertness levels while using your product after a brief trial period.   The length of this of this trial period will vary depending on your height, weight, metabolism etc.

Ultimately, you are responsible to decide whether or not you are fit to operate heavy machinery / equipment.  

Be sensible in this decision because your safety and the safety of others can be put a risk through poor decision making around heavy equipment.  

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