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Smoking Marijuana and Driving While High: Dangers, Risks and Research

Jane Summers

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Smoking Marijuana and Driving While High

With CBD use so prevalent, users may be wondering under which circumstances they can and cannot smoke marijuana. One particular act in which smoking marijuana may be dangerous is driving.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana significantly impairs “judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time.” Further, according to several studies, there is a link between blood THC concentration and an impaired ability to drive.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also indicates that marijuana can impair driving ability in several ways. For example, it can:

  • Slow down reaction time
  • Reduce ability to make decisions
  • Impair coordination
  • Distort perception
  • Promote memory loss and mitigate problem solving ability

These issues that can arise due to marijuana use can make driving while using a dangerous endeavor.

It appears that states are also concerned about the risks associated with driving while under the influence of marijuana. For example, Charlie Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, is reportedly taking a stance against driving while under the influence of marijuana. According to Mass Live, she is advocating for a bill to be passed that would allow for the suspension of a license for refusal to take a drug test. The Mexico Ledger also reported that law enforcement in Missouri are going to take a tougher stance on those who smoke and drive. These are but a few examples.

Ultimately, smoking marijuana and driving can have serious consequences, and states are taking action against those who do so. Maintaining one’s safety and that of others while on the road should be users’ primary concern.

Jane is a regular contributor who learned about the great benefits of CBD a few years ago after starting it herself. Impressed by its effects, she's interested in helping others learn about options that can be helpful for them.

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