Why you shouldn’t be driving while high?

With the USA preparing itself for presidential elections next year, nearly all candidates have voiced support for legalization of cannabis. It would not be long before we witness full legalization throughout the country. True, that the benefits that can be entailed are plentiful, yet the other side is often ignored in the discussion. That being said, medical experts have pointed fingers towards a larger concern and that of driving while high!

We know for a fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is detrimental and dangerous. It has caused the lives of thousands of people. However, scientists feel that the influence of marijuana is likely to pose a similar danger. This has been supported by a rise in the cases of road accidents observed over the years.

Should you be driving while high?

The impact of legalization of marijuana cannot be underestimated and it is visible in nearly all spheres of life. Even to the extent, where people at times overlook the cost of being intoxicated. According to one unofficial report, one out of every seventh driver with a kid alongside was tested positive for THC. It is important to note that THC is the primary substance in cannabis that induces a psychoactive feeling.

Angela Eichelberger is a senior scientist associated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. She believes that people often take driving while high for granted. It is true that the effect of alcohol intoxication is different from that of cannabis, nonetheless, the latter does pose a substantial risk. Cannabis products, particularly with high THC content can be responsible for impairing the sense. Which means they can impede proper focus hence endangering the life of the driver as well as the general public. Eichelberger also believes that the issue is of grave importance. The problem should not be trivialized and calls for greater concern.

In another study, it was found that a major reason for highway crashes last year was intoxication caused by marijuana. Not surprisingly, the figures held mostly true for states where recreational cannabis is legalized for public use.

What high is too high to drive?

The question has rather puzzled medical scientists who have currently been unable to arrive at a proper conclusion. For being influenced by alcohol, the laws are in place. It is illegal for any driver to be driving their vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 per cent. You can be fined a tremendous amount or even be jailed for doing such an act.

The problem essentially arrives when there are no exact documented laws for marijuana intoxication. So the question that really arises: what high is too high for driving?

For a number of medical experts, it really depends upon the intuition of the person. While THC dulls your senses and makes you feel impaired, in normal circumstances an individual is able to predict their situation. That is to say, he/she knows when they are unfit to be carrying out a certain task like driving.

That being said, it makes all the more sense to argue against driving under the influence of edibles. Simply because they induce a much stronger high than smoking marijuana. Additionally, any strain with higher THC content should definitely be avoided. The rule simply is to avoid smoking up or hot boxing your car when you are driving.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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