MONTREAL – Young Canadians are more at risk of a vehicle crash even five hours after inhaling cannabis, according to results of a clinical trial conducted at the McConnell Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) with McGill University, and funded by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
The research found that performance declined significantly, in key areas such as reaction time, even five hours after inhaling the equivalent of less than one typical joint. The participants’ driving performance, which was tested in a driving simulator, deteriorated as soon as they were exposed to the kinds of distractions common on the road.
The peer-reviewed study is published online today at 6:00 a.m. EST at CMAJ Open, an online sister journal to CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
The trial examined the impact of cannabis on the driving ability of 18 to 24 year old