HerbRx Posted June 10, 2010 Report Share Posted June 10, 2010 http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/marijuana-smoking-impairs-drivers-regardless-of-sex/1 Attention wannabe Cheech and Chongs: If you think that smoking dope and going for an illegal spin around the block in your car will be any easier if you are a man -- or for that matter, a woman -- you're wrong. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health found no difference in the level of driving impairment between men and women under the influence of marijuana. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study put 85 subjects (50 men and 35 women) in driving simulators, some having smoked pot and others a placebo cigarette. What the study found: There was no difference between the two sexes. In crash avoidance and basic driving, the stoned group also showed no difference in driving performance and performed as well as the group that received the placebo. A 1974 study found that marijuana impairs driving performance, but didn't note whether men or women show big differences. With one in six teenagers having driven under the influence of marijuana in the U.S., the study's summary focused on the test for distraction. The stoned group drove slightly slower when distracted, suggesting they were using "additional compensatory skills," the study says. Divided attention made the stoned drivers slow down and exhibit increased drowsiness. --Stephen Markley/Cars.com's Kicking Tires and Chris Woodyard/Drive On Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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