The life of a truck driver isn’t for the faint of heart. While there’s a certain sense of exhilarating freedom on the open road, you pay for this privilege with long workdays and even longer amounts of time spent away from home.
There are lots of ways to cope with the stress of hauling cargo across the country with your rig, but many of them could get you in trouble or even lose you your job. In this list, find out the top five reasons that truck drivers should smoke CBD flowers during cross-country treks instead.
1. Non-intoxicating on-the-road relaxation
As a truck driver, you can be behind the wheel for up to 11 hours at a time. While you might want to drive that full 11 hours to make as much money as possible across the shortest number of days, even driving for a few hours at a time is enough to make most people cry for mercy.
One of the most common aches and pains associated with driving for long periods of time is tension in the arm and leg muscles. Even if you switch between hands, you need to have at least one hand on the steering wheel at a time, and keeping your arm in an outstretched position naturally leads to muscle tension.
Almost all modern semi-trucks are equipped with cruise control, but you’ll still need to manually work the gas and brake pedals if you go up and down mountains or drive through adverse weather. As a result, the muscles in your right leg can tense up, and even your left leg can get tense as you move it between resting positions while you drive.
All of these combined tensions can lead to a state of system-wide physiological and psychological stress and tension. Even if you decide to drive shorter days, the minimum day length for most truck drivers is at least eight hours. That’s plenty of time to make you tense enough to commit serious errors.
People use CBD to relax for all sorts of reasons, and plenty of truckers have tried CBD to relax during long hauls. While we’d never recommend smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car, hemp is different. CBD-rich hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, so it won’t get you high no matter how much CBD flower you smoke to push through the extra mile.
2. Aches & pains behind the wheel
Driving a semi causes muscle tension regardless of your age or physical health, but people with underlying health conditions experience the pain of driving much more acutely. If you have arthritis, for instance, gripping the steering wheel of your rig will start to hurt after only a few hours, and if you’re overweight or suffer from diabetes, sitting for extended periods can become profoundly uncomfortable.
People around the country use CBD in the hope that it will help them with common aches and pains, and smoking CBD is one of the fastest ways to experience the benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid. While other CBD ingestion methods take a long time to take effect, you can feel the effects of smoking CBD almost instantly, which makes this ingestion method ideal for quick relief when you’re behind the wheel.
If you’re concerned about smoking CBD flower in your cab, you should know that hemp is very different from tobacco. While tobacco leaves behind lingering odors that can become unbearable when you’re cooped up in an enclosed space, hemp smoke dissipates quickly without leaving any unpleasant scents behind. You might want to pull over and get out of your cab to smoke your CBD flower anyway, but if you do choose to smoke in your semi, you won’t need to worry about holding your nose later on down the line.
3. Getting some sleep at noisy rest stops
Truck drivers are used to spending nights away from home, but it can still be hard to acclimate to the constant noise of sleeping on the side of a highway. Even rest areas that are more off the beaten path are filled with the sounds of cars pulling in and out, doors slamming, and people talking outside, which can make getting a good night’s sleep seem like an impossible task from the bunk at the back of your cab.
You might be pleased to learn, therefore, that CBD has been studied for its potential sleep-promoting qualities. It’s still too soon to say whether this cannabinoid can truly help you get to sleep at night based on the science alone, but even a quick look at the anecdotal evidence provided by people who have used CBD for sleep is quite convincing.
Whether they live near busy airports, suffer from anxiety, or can’t stand road-noise, countless people have reported success after using CBD for sleep. We understand that the time you set aside to rest while you’re on the road is precious, so the next time you can’t seem to settle down even though you have a long haul ahead of you tomorrow, remember that CBD flower pre-roll you stashed away in a compartment.
4. Less mess
Have you ever tried using a CBD tincture while behind the wheel of a semi-truck? Well, we don’t recommend it. Somewhere between unscrewing the cap of your bottle, filling the eyedropper with CBD oil, and placing this oil under your tongue, you might take your eyes off the road just long enough to commit a fatal error. Even if you don’t harm yourself or anyone else, you could easily spill tincture all over your cab or your clothes without a shower in sight for miles.
Other common types of CBD products are just as messy or difficult to use while you're driving. Even the most absorbent water-based CBD topicals stay on your hands for a minute or two, and oil-based topicals will make everything you touch slippery and leave stains behind. CBD capsules are easier to use on the road than CBD tinctures, but it’s still relatively complicated to swallow pills while you’re supposed to be focused on the road.
Lighting up a CBD flower pre-roll is just as easy, however, as lighting a tobacco cigarette—but without the unwanted odor and side effects. As long as you have a suitable container for your ash, you won’t get detritus all over your cab, and there’s zero chance of a CBD pre-roll leaving behind stains of any kind. At the same time, smoking CBD flower is one of the most potent ways to use this cannabinoid, so you have nothing to lose by choosing this mess-free CBD ingestion method.
5. CBD isn’t included in drug tests
Countless truck drivers have gotten in trouble for smoking Cannabis sativa on the job, so it’s understandable if you’re skeptical about smoking CBD flower either in your cab or during breaks. By law, however, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC, and there are no drug screens in existence that test specifically for the presence of CBD.
It is technically possible to test positive for THC after using CBD products under two specific circumstances. First, if you ingest an unreasonable quantity of CBD containing 0.3% THC or less, the tiny quantity of THC in the CBD products you used could accumulate enough to provide a false positive.
Also, some CBD products contain more THC than they advertise. Not only are CBD products with more than 0.3% THC illegal, but they could jeopardize your livelihood as a truck driver. That’s why it’s so important to only use CBD products that come with independent, third-party lab tests. You can use these lab tests to verify that your CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC.
Keep on truckin’ with CBD
Trucking can be a lonely profession. Some truckers like it that way, but there’s always a little more room in your cab for some wholesome comfort and relaxation. CBD won’t get you high, and if you use the right CBD products the right way, there’s no chance of getting in trouble for smoking CBD.You might find, however, that CBD is just the thing to make your long days a little shorter and your nights on the road a little more peaceful. Visit the Secret Nature blog to learn more about CBD and how this non-intoxicating cannabinoid might be the perfect companion to take with you on the road.