Driving under the influence of THC doesn’t always equate to cruising down the road while enjoying some good music or running a quick errand or two without giving it much thought. Only recently is the issue of driving after the consumption of cannabis coming to light as a problem that must be addressed. This is most likely because cannabis, unlike alcohol, is a truly natural herb. In fact, only 29% of people have considered driving high to be a problem, according to a 2015 Gallup Poll – but the effects of THC on the brain must be taken into account.
The effects of THC vary based on the individual.
Everyone has a different reaction to THC, but it is known to affect multitasking abilities, short-term memory, reaction time, and peripheral vision – these are vital functions that are imperative to road safety. While THC can aid in anxiety relief, it can also cause users to feel overly relaxed or in a sedated state, lowering alertness on the road.
The verdict is still out on just how dangerous it is to drive while high.
Countless studies and reports have proved that elevated alcohol levels in intoxicated drivers are directly linked to traffic accidents and fatalities. On the other hand, there is currently a lack of data available to show the true repercussions of driving while high. Yet, with more focus on this issue, it can be expected to see more widespread studies and conclusive evidence presented in the near future.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Driving under the influence of THC can cause impairment. The likelihood of traffic accidents and violations is already high enough without adding THC to the mix. Globally, the statistics are staggering, with 1.25 million people dying each year in a car accident with 400,000 being younger than 25, 20 – 500 million people are left with injuries or permanently disabled, and the estimated cost of road related accidents is $518 billion (USD), as reported by the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT).
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