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Study: CBD-rich flower use doesn’t pose driving issue

Cannabinoid profiles: chemical science of CBD cannabidiol molecules

A new study reports that CBD-Rich marijuana has “No significant impact” on driving ability, even when the material includes a small amount of THC.

It has been known for a long time that cannabidiol, CBD, mitigates some of the psychotropic effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, THC.

A Swiss study published last year found “no significant impact” on driving ability after smoking marijuana rich in CBD and no effects on vital signs, even though all study participants exceeded the legal limit. for THC in their blood.

Just under 1% of THC in cannabis origin

In a controlled study conducted in Switzerland, 33 participants were given a joint containing 500 mg of tobacco and either 500 mg of CBD-rich marijuana (16.6 percent total CBD; 0.9 percent total THC) or 500 mg of a placebo containing a so-called product. Knaster Hemp, a blend of nicotine-free and cannabinoid-free herbs with the scent of hemp terpene.

Psychotropic cannabis, also known as marijuana, is generally 3 percent THC or more by dry weight.

Cannabis with less than one percent THC is not considered psychoactive because it requires a relatively large amount of material to produce any (high) psychotropic effects. Even if no one smokes a percentage of cannabis THC to be high, the federal definition of cannabis further reduces that amount and allows for less than a third of that amount.

Low THC requirements afflict hemp growers

Cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis is considered industrial cannabis in the United States, since President Obama signed the Farm Bill 2014. This definition is based on an arbitrary figure cited by Canadian researcher Ernie Small, who chose the number for his work because it is so small as to be insignificant, not because it constitutes a current threshold of power.

As a result, cannabis growers in the United States rely on varieties that are bred for their lack of THC rather than their current utility as an agricultural crop. They are often caught with patches of “hot cannabis” that exceed 0.3 percent, although they rarely exceed the amount of the percentage that is most often found in nature. This is particularly problematic for “cannabinoid” cultures.

To reduce this problem, the European Union plans to raise its THC limit above that currently used by the United States and other nations.

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