More than half of US medical marijuana users in drive-high – and they do it often, reveal a new study.
More than 2.1 million registered medical marijuana patients have been registered in the US since May 2018.
Medical marijuana has provided a welcome alternative relief for patients with chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia and more disorders.
But forms that contain the psychoactive ingredient, THC, come with an 'update': the high, which can slow reaction times and decision making for drivers.
New research from the University of Michigan shows how often that risk is taken, and underlines the need for regulation to ensure that medical marijuana is safe for users and others with whom they share the road.
More than half of the medical marijuana patients drive after using the drug and feels & # 39; a bit & # 39; or & # 39; whole & # 39; high while driving, reveals a new research from the University of Michigan
"Nobody has previously asked people about this," said psychiatrist, psychiatrist, and lead research author. Erin Bonar to Daily Mail Online, referring to a question card with medical marijuana users about their driving habits.
We did not know what to expect and we were very grateful that people were honest about it, because it is not really something that people want to admit. & # 39;
She and her team surveyed 790 medical marijuana patients in Michigan (where there are nearly 270,000 total users) about their driving habits and cannabis patterns.
They asked if they had driven under the influence of marijuana – what they defined as within two hours of use – and how often in the past six months.
More than 50 percent of respondents said they had done this at least once in the past six months.
One in five admitted that they & # 39; very high & # 39; were during driving during that period.
More than half of the participants managed to get & # 39; a little high & # 39; to drive.
This comes at the heart of the problem of setting limits on marijuana use and use. A & # 39; high & # 39; for one person can come from a much smaller amount of marijuana or a less powerful species than from another.
And the feeling of being high is not well quantified.
However, some of the problematic effects on driving have been reasonably well demonstrated.
Cannabis use is known to slow down the reflex times, slow down decision-making, spill attention and damage short-term memory.
It is worrying that we may have many people who may be on their way & # 39 ;, besides marijuana, such as distracted driving, the weather and other drivers, says Dr. Bonar.
& # 39; But we do not yet have a gold standard for you, we help people measure their usage and determine an impairment. & # 39;
Law enforcement agencies and researchers are working on developing both breathalyzer and behavioral tests for marijuana disorders, but neither screening system has been fully developed.
But in the absence of these tests, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, such as Colorado, is an increase in accidents involving the substance.
And soon it will also be legal in Michigan from a recreational point of view.
I am already a pretty nervous driver, so what concerns me is that this is one of the many variables that can affect people who are already distracted, or who may be confronted with bad weather & # 39 ;, Dr. Bonar.
We should therefore create more awareness for this already critical gap, because we do not have guidelines to determine how someone with a disability is. & # 39;
Because marijuana is not federally legal, there are no guidelines from the FDA on dosing or warning labels about operating vehicles during their use.
Medical marijuana patients are not the number one public enemy but say "I want to be risky!" & # 39; Notes Dr. Bonar.
They want to relieve their symptoms and live and have no side effects [from marijuana] but this is a way it works. & # 39;