CBD from marijuana doesn’t affect driving ability, but …

… provided that it occurs alone, which has just been confirmed by the world’s first scientific study in this regard. This information is extremely important for the legalization of marijuana in many countries around the world, including Poland.

CBD from marijuana doesn't affect driving ability, but ...

New research tracking the effects of marijuana on driving is yielding results suggesting that cannabidiol (CBD) alone does not impair us in any way in this regard. This could be a significant indicator for lawmakers who are increasingly drafting regulations related to the legalization of marijuana in various parts of the world. – With rapidly changing rules for medical and non-medical marijuana use, driving under the influence of marijuana is an important and controversial public issue. While some previous studies have looked at the effects of cannabis on driving, most have focused on smoking cannabis containing THC rather than CBD and, on top of that, have not accurately indicated the duration of impairment, says study author Iain McGregor of the University of Sydney.

There are more than 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis, of which CBD and THC are the most prominent – it is the latter that is famous for its psychoactive euphoric effects. Meanwhile, CBD is increasingly being touted as a source of many positive health effects and recommended for reducing epileptic episodes, for example – the US Food and Drug Administration has even approved the first ingredient with this substance. As such, there is also a need to investigate its effects, alone and in combination with THC, on driving, as more and more people can be expected to turn to CBD.

The new study involved 26 volunteers whose driving abilities were measured in 4 different scenarios – after inhaling THC, after inhaling CBD, after a combination of THC and CBD, and a placebo. The test involved driving on a real highway under controlled conditions for an hour 40 minutes after inhaling the substance and then 4 hours later. The effect on driving was measured using a typical tool that assesses how often a driver drifts or hoses within a designated lane and has been used before to measure the effects of alcohol and Valium on driving.

Compared to the placebo group, the researchers found no effect on driving 40 minutes after CBD inhalation, which could be seen, albeit slight, after THC and a combination of THC and CBD. – The study indicates for the first time that CBD, when given without THC, does not affect driving ability. This is great news for people who are considering treatment using it, the author adds. Interestingly, after 4 hours, none of the 4 scenarios affected driving, confirming previous reports that marijuana affects driving ability, but for a relatively short time. – Safety on the road is the primary goal. The results should allow for evidence-based laws and regulations for those receiving medical marijuana, the author explains.

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