According to recent research conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill University, and funded by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), young Canadians are exposed to higher crash risk due to cannabis consumption. As the scientists reported, the clinical trial revealed that, after consuming marijuana, the performance declined considerably in the young Canadians surveyed.
Most importantly, pot smokers scored poor at reaction time which is essential for drivers to avoid the dangers that might occur on the road. Also, coordination was affected, which might cause stoned drivers to not take the proper actions for actually driving the car. The peer-reviewed research published online today on the CMAJ Open, the Internet-based variant of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The researchers employed driving simulators to test the participants’ driving performance while under the effect of cannabis. According to the study’s report, the results were even worse when some on-the-road obstacles added to the simulation.
Young Canadians Exposed To Higher Crash Risk Due To Cannabis Consumption
“This new trial provides important Canadian evidence that cannabis can affect the skills needed to drive safely even five hours after consuming. The message is simple. If you consume, don’t drive. Find another way home or stay where you are,” explained Jeff Walker, the CAA chief strategy officer.
“This rigorous experimental trial adds to a growing body of scientific literature on cannabis use and driving. The findings provide new evidence on the extent to which driving-related performance is compromised following a typical dose of inhaled cannabis, even at five hours after use,” also said Isabelle Gelinas, a scientist at the McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the study’s co-author.
“When you feel you are not safe to drive you are right – you are not!” concluded Jeff Walker who also recommend young Canadians not to drive if they consume cannabis.