A new study—partly funded by the federal government—has found that alcohol affects a person’s ability drive way more than marijuana.
According to researchers, alcohol “significantly increased lane departures/minimum and maximum lateral acceleration; these measures were not sensitive to cannabis.” In addition, they concluded that stoned drivers “may attempt to drive more cautiously to compensate for impairing effects, whereas alcohol-influenced drivers often underestimate their impairment and take more risk.”
CNN reported that the study occurred with a test group of 19 adults and participants either drank alcohol, inhaled vaporized marijuana or had a placebo before embarking on a 45 minute driving session inside one of the “most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations.”
“Alcohol, but not marijuana, increased the number of times the car actually left the lane and the speed of the weaving,” researchers said.
They did find that marijuana reduced drivers’ peripheral vision and higher levels of THC showed increased weaving from drivers, but the impact was much less dramatic than those under the influence of alcohol.
The study, which was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office on National Drug Control Policy, and federal safety regulator, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also noted the many challenges of testing drivers for marijuana and determining a threshold of what’s too high to drive.
“The concern is that implementing concentration-based cannabis-driving legislation ‘will unfairly target individuals not acutely intoxicated, because residual THC can be detected in blood for up to a month of sustained abstinence in chronic frequent smokers,'” CNN reported. “The study concedes testing marijuana levels that reflect ‘driving impairment remain elusive.'”
‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Blame Homelessness, Teen Drug Use on Legal Marijuana
Canadian Company Launches Rolling Papers Printed with The Cannabis Act
50 Pounds of Weed, 5 Pounds of Fentanyl Found in Suitcases in Nashville Airport
Sober Up and Stay the Course: CBD Takes on Alcohol Addiction
Cafe Selling CBD Flower and Infused Coffee Opens in Ireland
9 Colorful Weed Strains To Brighten Your Day
Canada Estimates $1 Billion in Legal Cannabis Sales in First Three Months
Big Cannabis is Creating Big Waste—And it Needs to Stop
Legalization4 days ago
Canadian Delivery Service Announces Willy Wonka Lottery to Celebrate Legalization
News4 days ago
Cannabis Consumption Will Be Permitted in Canada’s National Parks
Celebrities5 days ago
Georgia Cops Called About Potential Domestic Abuse Arrest Actress Erica Mena For Weed Instead
Legalization5 days ago
Dispensaries in British Columbia Told to Shut Down Before Legalization
News5 days ago
Researchers Find Cannabis May Limit Some Driving Abilities
News5 days ago
University of Connecticut Set to Offer Cannabis Horticulture Course
Legalization3 days ago
Canadian Police Urge People to Stop Calling Them About Cannabis
Medical Marijuana3 days ago
Rhode Island Approves Medical Marijuana as Autism Treatment