VIDEO - Cannabis & Collisions: Dr. Jeff Brubaker
Webinar hosted by the BC Injury Prevention Unit and conducted by Dr. Jeff Brubacher, Associate Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia. Unfortunately, the video sound is poor.
Abstract: Acute cannabis use results in attention deficits, slowed information processing, impaired coordination, and slowed reaction time. Systematic reviews suggest that drivers who use cannabis have an increased risk of being involved in a collision, although the risk is less than that associated with alcohol. Young, inexperienced drivers may be at particularly high risk of crashing after using cannabis.
Furthermore, cannabis combined with alcohol, even at low doses, causes significant impairment and likely results in a high risk of collision.
Cannabis edibles have not been well studied but there is reason to think that edibles may pose a risk to traffic safety especially in cases of accidental ingestion or unintentional overdose.
How much concern should we have regarding cannabis associated motor vehicle collision risks?
This talk summarizes our knowledge regarding cannabis and motor vehicle collisions and provides recommendations.