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Cannabis Does Not Affect Driving Ability

New Research from Australia highlights the fact that using prescribed doses of cannabis does not interfere with driving ability.  Selecting only medical marijuana patients for the study, and using simulated driving, researchers discovered little to no impairment when people consumed moderate amounts of cannabis.

Our main finding was the absence of impairment on a simulated highway driving task. We noted that patients consuming their medication as prescribed drove with slightly greater consistency in highway driving speed and reported a decrease in the perceived effort required to drive

The study measured how 40 drivers responded 2.5 hours after consumption and 5 hours after.  No impairment was measured at either time.

We are specifically focusing on people with chronic pain who have never used cannabis before, and we’re looking at how medical cannabis impacts quality of life and everyday activities, such as driving, over a period of 12 weeks.

This Australian study is important because medical marijuana users in the country are banned from driving!

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2024-02-impairment-simulated-medical-cannabis.html