Is Driving High Safe To Do?
As the debate over the legalization of marijuana continues, the question of is driving high safe has become a big issue and depending on the source, the answer varies. Many advocates of marijuana legalization have made the argument that while driving high is not as safe as being sober, when compared to driving drunk the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of pot are much less significant. This is not to say that driving high is entirely safe, as the impairment of being stoned certainly does have an impact on the ability of the driver to react to a potential accident.
How Is Driving High Dangerous
THC which is the chemical in marijuana that gets you stoned has a number of effects on the brain that can have dangerous implications for driving while high. THC effects the areas of the brain that control coordination, balance, movement, sensations and judgement. All of these things are good to have, especially when making quick decisions and reacting to other drivers while operating a motor vehicle at high speeds. Which means that it might be a good idea to stop smoking weed well before getting into a car to drive somewhere. However the research into the question of is driving high safe is still far from complete and much more work still needs to be done to understand the exact effects that THC has on the brain and to what extent being stoned impairs a drivers ability to react and drive safely. According to a recent journal by NORML which is an organization that works to help reform marijuana laws in the U.S, driving while high can pose some serious risks that should not be ignored. According to the author of the journal Paul Armentano while “acute cannabis intoxication following inhalation has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills” because these impairment are usually short term they don’t pose as much of a risk as other drugs or alcohol. This is not to say that there are not still significant risks and dangers associated with being stoned driving high is certainly not safe as any level of impairment in a potentially life or death situation where surviving depends on reaction time could be the difference between escaping an accident or being seriously injured yourself. Or even worse still, being the cause of someone else getting injured. So don’t pull a Cheech and Chong and light up while driving down the street, I know all of the other motorist trying to safely get home will appreciate it and keep this in mind next time your wondering is driving high safe to do.