New Study: Using CBD Does NOT Impair Driving!
Researchers in the Netherlands have found that the use of CBD does not impair driving ability.
In the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 26 subjects were actually tested while driving on a highway.
The participants included 26 healthy men and women of an average age of 23 who reported cannabis use less than twice a week in the last year but more than 10 times in their lives. None were taking medicines known to affect driving.
Each participant in the study drove a vehicle that had a functioning camera on its roof. They drove four sessions in total – for each session they drove twice for about an hour on a highway near Maastricht – once about 40 to 100 minutes after vaping and then about 240 to 300 minutes after vaping one of four preparations:
Researchers looked at a number of factors in the study, such as lane weaving, average speeds and range of speeds. They also examined levels of cannabinoids in driver blood samples.
Participants were also asked to self-rate themselves on such things as driving confidence. Researchers also assessed the drivers’ memory, decision making, thinking skills and other measures after driving.
Researchers found that strains rich with THC, the chemical that produces marijuana’s “high,” cause driving impairment up to 4 hours after vaping.
On the other hand, strains containing only CBD and no THC did not cause impairment.
Cannabis that was THC-dominant and the combination of THC/CBD resulted in short-term impairment, as measured 40 to 100 minutes after the session.
The impairment experienced was similar to that of drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.05%.
A blood alcohol content of .08% while driving is defined as a crime in all U.S. states but Utah, where the limit is .05%.
The researchers added that drivers’ lane weaving was no different after taking the placebo or the CBD only.
The CBD-dominant cannabis also did not affect thinking or driving skills compared with placebo.
To put it succinctly, THC is psychoactive, CBD is not.
When you think of recreational marijuana, which has been legalized in eleven states and Washington, DC, in the US, that is THC.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. The reaction that brings about the intoxicating effects associated with smoking marijuana is exclusively due to THC interacting with our bodies’ CB1 receptors.
THC is still most often consumed by smoking marijuana but it is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.
CBD, on the other hand, provides relief for a number of conditions without the euphoric effects of THC … making it of greater benefit to the medical marijuana market, which is now legal in 33 states and Washington, DC, in the US.
One big differentiator between CBD and THC is CBD doesn’t bind with CB1 receptors and can never cause a high, no matter how much of it is consumed.
Hemp is known as marijuana’s legal cousin. Hemp doesn’t make people high and its chemical composition is more CBD dominant.
On the other hand, the marijuana plant has been specifically cultivated over time to contain more THC than any other cannabinoids. Marijuana has commonly been associated with THC levels as low as 3% but today’s strains average 12% THC. There are even some strains that contain 30% THC that are available today.
Hemp’s THC level, by the way, is never more than .3%. That means even marijuana’s least potent strain (3% THC) still has a concentration of THC that is 10 times stronger than hemp.
It’s important to keep in mind that the cannabis plant, whether it is hemp or marijuana, is what is called a “bioaccumulator.” This means that the plant absorbs and collects contaminants from the soil it is grown in.
Because marijuana is considered illegal in many areas it is typically grown in a much more lax manner, meaning you can’t be sure what you are getting in it.
Hemp is much more likely to be grown free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
Of course, contaminants could also be found in hemp but thanks to its legal status there are many areas that have built strong reputations for providing safe, organic hemp that is free of pesticides, herbicides and other unwanted materials.
These areas include the United States, Canada and Switzerland in the EU.
Switzerland, in particular, has become well-known for the high quality of the hemp CBD it produces in its fertile farmlands.
Top ensure you consume CBD that won’t get you high, you should get it from a hemp CBD provider.
One company that has established a strong reputation in the marketplace for providing high quality hemp-derived CBD is Sarah’s Blessing.
The company uses a supercritical CO2 process that the US FDA regards as safe and it carefully monitors and tests its CBD during cultivation, extraction and manufacturing to ensure its quality and to protect the health of its customers.
Sarah’s Blessing offers a variety of CBD products, including:
It also bears mentioning that Sarah’s Blessing’s CBD Oil products use a special sublingual delivery system that ensures you absorb maximum CBD and thus receive maximum benefits from the CBD.
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