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Cannabis component CBD doesn't impair driving skills, Australian study finds

A new Australian study has found that a key component in medicinal cannabis may not be as bad for your driving skills as first thought.

Sydney University's Lambert Initiative, which studies the medical potential of the cannabis plant, found that cannabidiol (CBD), a medically active component of cannabis, doesn't affect a person's driving ability at all.

And THC, the main intoxicant in the plant, affected driving skills only mildly, for up to four hours.

Medical cannabis is not as bad for driving skills as previously thought, a study has found. (9News)

CBD is becoming more widely used in medical cannabis products.

"These findings indicate for the first time that CBD, when given without THC, does not affect a subject's ability to drive," lead author Dr Thomas Arkell said.

"That's great news for those using or considering treatment using CBD-based products."

The research involved people inhaling vaporised cannabis containing different mixes of THC and CBD, then going for a 100km drive under controlled conditions on public highways both 40 minutes and four hours later. The trial was conducted in the Netherlands.

"With cannabis laws changing globally, jurisdictions are grappling with the issue of cannabis-impaired driving," Dr Arkell said.

"These results provide much needed insights into the magnitude and duration of impairment caused by different types of cannabis and can help to guide road-safety policy not just in Australia but around the world."

Currently, however, all forms of drug driving are illegal in Australia and can lead to heavy fines and prison time. Originally published here:


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