Is the use of hemp oil disqualifying from truck driving?

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Re: Is the use of hemp oil disqualifying from truck driving?

Post by Robert Swotinsky MD » Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:19 pm

Hemp seeds contain little THC or other cannabinoids, but can be contaminated with THC and other cannabinoids from the plant's leaves, flowers, and resins. Hemp oil is made by pressing hemp seeds. (This is different than hash oil, a THC-containing oil made from the cannabis flower.) If the seeds are contaminated with THC and cannabinoids, those contaminants will also be found in the oil from the pressed seeds.

THC is a Schedule I drug. The use of THC is therefore disqualifying from driving a truck per 391.41(b()12). https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveEC ... .5.391_141 Hemp oil is not a Schedule I drug. While it may be contaminated with THC, the medical examiner can't know that for a fact and would be on tenuous ground finding a driver disqualified based on the use of hemp oil. I guess you could test out the concern by doing a drug test as part of the DOT physical. Even a non-DOT, rapid test should tell you if the driver has ingested THC and other cannabinoids in recent days or weeks.



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