Can you donate blood if you smoke weed or take CBD?
Thinking about donating blood as a cannabis user? Safe blood is needed to save lives in many situations: children with severe anemia, complications during childbirth, accident victims, surgeries. Blood can only be stored for a short period of time before it must be used, so there is a constant need for blood donations by healthy people.
A single blood donation
may save multiple lives as the blood can be separated into its components (platelets, red blood cells, and plasma) and given to individuals with specific conditions.
According to the World Health Organization
, donating blood “is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person—the gift of life.” But can you donate blood if you smoke weed?
The Red Cross has some restrictions regarding cannabis and blood donation, which we will discuss momentarily, but in general you can donate blood if you smoke weed.
Can You Donate Blood if You Smoke Weed?
If you use cannabis to improve your health or wellbeing, you might wonder if there are any rules or restrictions regarding giving blood as a cannabis user. For example, can you give blood if you smoke weed every night? What about if you regularly use weed edibles or tinctures? Can you donate blood if you take CBD oil every morning?
The answer to all these questions is: yes. You can donate blood if you smoke weed, consume cannabis as an edible, or take CBD oil every morning. The Red Cross does not discourage people from using cannabis and donating blood. In fact, there is no legal restriction regarding donating blood as a cannabis user. That might seem strange given that cannabis is federally illegal.
However, according to the Red Cross
, “eligibility to donate blood is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, not the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency. The FDA does not require blood testers to test for THC.”
What if you consume high doses of THC through edibles or dabs, can you still donate blood? Could someone who received your blood fail a drug test? According to the Red Cross, you can still donate blood even if you regularly ingest large quantities of THC. And an individual who receives that blood cannot fail a drug test.
The only restriction regarding smoking weed and giving blood is that you are not permitted to donate blood if your use of cannabis is impairing your memory or your comprehension. In other words, if you are a cannabis user in good health who is not experiencing any cognitive impairment related to your cannabis use, you can donate blood.
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