Marijuana Shows No Adverse Impact On Driving Performance, Study Says

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  1. Marijuana Shows No Adverse Impact On Driving Performance, Study Says

    January 29, 2004 - London, United Kingdom




    London, United Kingdom: Volunteers who had previously consumed cannabis performed better than non-users on a driving simulator test, according to findings of a study published this week by Britain's Evening News.

    A group of 20 volunteers participated in the study, which tested respondents' performances on a video game that simulated driving. Half of the drivers played the game after smoking the equivalent of half a marijuana cigarette.

    "The results showed that for those who had smoked ... cannabis: 80 percent demonstrated superior reaction times; 60 percent finished a lap faster; 70 percent experienced a lower number of collisions; 60 percent reached a higher level in the game," the Evening News reported.

    In head to head match-ups versus non-users, cannabis users performed better in eight out of ten match-ups. However, when the dosage was increased to the equivalent of two marijuana cigarettes, non-users won the majority of one-on-one contests.

    Previous driving simulator studies have yielded similar results, demonstrating that marijuana intoxication mildly impairs psychomotor skills, but that drivers are generally aware of their intoxication and compensate for it accordingly. Most recently, a Canadian Senate report concluded, "Cannabis alone, particularly in low doses, has little effect on the skills involved in automobile driving."

    For more information on marijuana's impact upon driving, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500 or visit NORML's online library at:
    http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=5448

    http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=5920
     
  2. Thats why all my straight mates make me drive all the time.:D
     
  3. wow...hmmm...cool stuff.

    i never really want to drive when i'm high, but i've had to do it before an never experienced any problems...myabe i sould work up a study for my lab...effects of THC on my skin cancer enzyme. :)
     
  4. I drive high all the time.. but I still know it's not a good idea. Good study. I still don't know about it.. I mean.. I've had to pull over before because I couldn't accomplish normal driving.. so .. yea *shrugs*

    but still..

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    -1 anti-stoners
     

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