As legalized cannabis becomes more easily accessible throughout the world, a lot of individuals are wondering how cannabis might impact people driving under its influence. Past research has found slight driving ability impairment in people using cannabis with higher THC levels (the psychoactive compound in cannabis that makes you high). But, several studies have studied whether CBD (another popular cannabis compound) affects driving ability in a similar way.
CBD has become increasingly popular recently. People who use CBD claim it provides them with various possible benefits such as:
- Reducing anxiety
- Lowering inflammation
- Easing pain
However, unlike THC, CBD doesn't leave people who take it feeling disoriented, or high. CBD is also far more accessible legally than THC, and you can order it online easily. Therefore, given its high availability, it's essential for researchers to see if CBD products will negatively affect driving ability in people who take them.
Does CBD Impair Driving?
In a study, researchers state CBD (cannabidiol) by itself, without THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) does not impair driving. But, the researchers claim THC itself can cause slight driving impairment that could last for up to four hours.
Researchers at the University of Sydney's Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics claim it's the first study that found CBD that lacks its active intoxicant does not impact an individual's ability to navigate a vehicle safely.
Millions of people have turned to CBD and cannabis in recent years for health-based reasons. Physicians are using CBD to relieve:
- Chronic pain symptoms
- Treat epilepsy
- Ease depression and anxiety
There wasn't any evidence showing CBD poses any driving risk; however, the study most likely included it because it hadn't been actually studied yet.
The study found no proof that CBD causes drivers impairment. The randomized, double-blind, clinical trial did find proof of slight impairment for drivers who used THC, or who combined THC and CBD. But, individuals who used CBD by itself didn't perform differently from individuals who used a placebo in regards to driving ability.
There were 26 healthy occasional cannabis users in the study. Each was asked to vaporize either a placebo, or one of three various cannabis choices. For the people who chose a cannabis option, they were provided with a 13.75 mg dose of THC, CBD, or a combination of both. Neither the participants, nor the people assessing the participants driving, knew who had taken a placebo and who used one of the substances, since it was a double-blind study.
The on-road driving tests started once the people used their vaporizers. After consuming their placebo or cannabis, participants were given a driving test of 40 and 240 minutes. They drove a certain vehicle that had the ability of monitoring their movements. A licensed driving instructor also accompanied them, and was able to take control over the vehicle at any time if things started becoming dangerous.
Driving instructors evaluated and measured participants on:
- How well they could stay in their lane
- Lane weaving behavior
- Weaving into neighboring lanes
This is a standard test for the way certain substances affect driving, and is referred to as standard deviation of lateral position (SDLP). For instance, individuals under the influence of alcohol often have a much higher SDLP than individuals driving sober.
While some past studies have studied the impact of cannabis on driving, most really focused on smoked cannabis that only contained THC (with no CBD), and haven't accurately quantified the impairment duration.
This is the first study that's able to actually illustrate the lack of CBDs impact on driving as well as to also offer a clear indication of the THC impairment duration.
Effects of a CBD Pillow
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We put a lot of resources and time into crafting and patenting the ideal endocannabinoid system delivery method, which benefits you while you're sleeping. We formulate our proprietary CBD-infused fabric with certain ingredients that work by enhancing cellular level transdermal penetration. Your body absorbs it gently on a slow release timer, which allows for deep cannabinoid penetration into your tissue over a long cycle of sleep. This means your body absorbs more CBD over time while you're sleeping.
The CBD-infused pillow utilizes microencapsulation technology. All of our pillows are embedded with millions of microcapsules we fill with approximately 150 mg of CBD that's bonded to the fabric on the outside. The microcapsules burst as you're using the pillow because it's pressure sensitive, and this releases the CBD slowly, and your hair follicles and skin absorb the CBD into your body throughout the night while you're sleeping.
It's a similar process as if you took an edible (i.e. CBD gummies). Your body receives microdoses of CBD over an extended time period. However, with CBD gummies, if you were to eat one before you go to bed at night, they'd begin wearing off approximately two to three hours later, whereas the microdoses of CBD from the CBD pillow has a sustained effect, and lasts much longer during the night.
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