CBD: Without Getting You High, Cannabis Can Still Result In A DUI

Article by Jason Tchir, Globe and Mail

Without getting you high, cannabis can still result in a DUI JASON TCHIR

You’re not allowed to drive smoking cannabis, period, even if it doesn’t get you high – and there’s still a chance that CBD could get you a DUI, experts say.
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CBD stands for cannabidiol, which, like delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is one of the more than 100 different molecules in marijuana.
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“THC and CBD are two separate molecules that produce different effects,” said Jenna Valleriani, postdoctoral fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use. “THC, we know is psychoactive and intoxicating – CBD is still psychoactive but not intoxicating.”
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Products with CBD, like oils and capsules, are sold with a variety of health claims such as reducing pain and calming anxiety – and in some U.S. states, CBD is even showing up in lattes. You can also buy high-CBD strains of marijuana with low levels of THC.
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“CBD as a chemical is, in itself, not impairing – you cannot get high from cannabidiol and there’s no evidence to suggest it impairs your judgment,” said Robert Laprairie, a cannabinoid pharmacologist and assistant professor in the college of pharmacy and nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. “But a lot of the products that are commercially available that claim to be pure CBD haven’t been fully tested – so what you believe to be CBD oil could contain significant quantities of THC and, yes, it can be impairing.”

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