Is it safe to drive after taking a cannabis edible? Here’s what you need to know:

As cannabis legalization spreads across North America, researchers and policymakers are scrambling to address the issue of traffic safety. However, drunk driving still poses a higher risk of accidents current data suggests that the number of traffic accidents related to cannabis is increasing.

In the past, Studies have linked Smoking cannabis leads to slower driving, delayed reaction time in traffic, coordination problems and impaired decision-making. The latest evidence, published on JAMA Network examined drivers over 65 — one of the fastest-growing age groups of cannabis users — in January and found further cause for concern. Participants showed significant impairment 30 minutes after smoking or vaping. And after three hours, when blood THC levels were low, they still felt too stoned to drive safely.

“Their weaving speed increased and they no longer stayed on track as well,” said the study’s co-author Patricia Di Ciano, a professor at the University of Toronto and a researcher at the Canadian Center for Addiction and Mental Health, tells Yahoo Life. “Participants told us that they were unable to drive, so they also drove slower on the road to compensate.”

Experts say smoking or vaping cannabis can continue to affect drivers for at least four hours after the last puff. But what about edibles? “The whole topic of eating and driving is incredibly under-researched.” Godfrey PearlsonProfessor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine and retired leading researcher of cannabis and driving, tells Yahoo Life. That’s because federal drug regulations prevent researchers from using consumer-grade edibles in clinical trials (At least for now).

But as more people use edibles for symptom relief and as a smoke-free way to get high, there are many questions about when it’s safe to get behind the wheel.

How long should you wait to drive after eating an edible?

This is not well understood. “It is not clear when the edibles will take effect or how long they will last, so…

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