CO: First-Of-Its-Kind Study Will Examine Dabbing Marijuana And Driving

Ron Strider

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A Colorado State University researcher is involved in the first-ever study on how dabbing, an intense method of marijuana consumption, affects driving ability.

Dabbing, the vaporization and inhalation of cannabis concentrates, gives users an immediate rush, according to a CSU press release.

“Users get very high, very rapidly,” said Brian Tracy, a CSU faculty member collaborating with University of Colorado Boulder researchers on the study. “It’s almost instantaneous, and the feeling is very strong.”

To see how that rush affects motor ability, balance and reaction time, researchers advertised for existing dabbers who agreed to undergo tests after dabbing in their own homes.

The team doesn’t handle or disperse marijuana to study participants, according to the release. They simply park a van outside a participant’s home, conduct tests to establish a sober baseline and conduct the tests again after the participant dabs on their own turf and of their own volition.

“The subjects are doing what they would normally do, to themselves,” said Tracy, an associate professor in CSU's Department of Health and Exercise Science and director of the Neuromuscular Function Lab, in the release. “It’s an observational study.”

Some of the tests are conducted using an iPod Touch; others with equipment in the van. Each participant will complete the round of tests 10 times.

One test measures how quickly participants can move their legs, much like the motion of lifting a foot off the gas pedal. Another measures participants’ peak acceleration and reaction time, which can relate to how quickly they’d be able to turn a steering wheel under the influence, according to the release.

The three-year project is funded by a $839,500 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to researchers at CU.

The results could be used to help prevent driving under the influence of marijuana.


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