CBD “does not affect your driving”

While a large group of people have experienced the CBD oil as a safe and natural dietary supplement, offering potential positive results in our bodies and minds, others may still be sceptical about how CBD can affect our cognitive function and driving ability, for example. Fortunately, Dutch researchers have now discovered that while some cannabinoids may affect your driving ability, cannabidiol (CBD) cannot:

Driving with CBD and THC
The popularity of hemp-derived supplements such as CBD oil has grown tremendously in recent years. And with that we see an increased demand for more information on the potential effects of substances. Because, while Dutch Natural Healing as certified with ISO CBD manufacturers – and our experienced consumers – can trust the safety of Cannabidiol (CBD) and Other cannabinoids of industrial hemp blindly, others might still be sceptical about the potential impact it could have on our daily and cognitive functioning.

One of the biggest concerns we hear from lawmakers, researchers and “newbies” to the world of CBD focuses on the potential impact CBD oil can have on driving skills. Even though the dietary supplement will not appear in the pharmacy on the side of the street, nor does it provide users with a high or high – like other cannabinoids like THC. In fact, it is believed that CBD use can even counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.

Also of interest: “Cannabinoids: what is the difference between CBD, CBG and THC?”

So, to settle this once and for all – and to reassure users for the first time about the safety of CBD oil – Dutch researchers have studied the effects of Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids on 26 healthy drivers.

Dutch research on CBD
This – quite unique – experiment was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And they used 26 healthy participants to study the effects of different cannabinoids on the user’s driving skills. Each of whom was asked to vape cannabis containing different THC/CBD ratios before driving 100km on public highways. Of course, under controlled conditions. Whereas the drivers were supported by a driving instructor, with an extra steering wheel and pedals to take over when needed.

While some of the participants received blind samples of mostly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive cannabinoid that is only present in extremely low concentrations in CBD Full Spectrum oil. Others took samples with mainly CBD, in equal THC/CBD ratio or placebo. In order to show us the difference between the results when used in traffic.

Measurement of potential impairment in driving was initiated at 40 minutes and 240 minutes after consumption, using standard deviation of lateral position. Also known as SDLP, this is a measure of weaving strip, rotation and over-correction that is often used for this type of survey. This could give researchers a better perspective on the severity and length of the effects of cannabinoids on participants’ driving ability.

CBD safe in circulation
As the researchers concluded, “the predominant cannabis samples in CBD did not negatively affect driving skills”. Considering the SDLP measurements of users for CBD alone came out almost the same as those of the placebo group. However, the other cannabinoid ratios (with more THC) had some effect on the person’s driving after 40 to 100 minutes after consumption. Although these impairments faded quickly and were no longer noticeable after 240 to 300 minutes after inhalation, they say the authors of the study. In addition, the 50:50 THC:CBD ratio was shown to be less attenuated than the dominant cannabis samples.

The study was led by the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and carried out by the Dutch University of Maastricht. As lead author Thomas Arkell, Ph.D., stated, “these findings are the first to suggest that CBD, when consumed without THC, does not affect a person’s ability to drive.” Once again providing evidence supporting the safety of using CBD oil – even when operating a vehicle.

Source: dutchnaturalhealing.com

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