Journal article

Does a Medicinal Dose of Kava Impair Driving? A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study

J Sarris, E Laporte, A Scholey, R King, A Pipingas, I Schweitzer, C Stough

Traffic Injury Prevention | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2013


OVERVIEW: Increasing concerns over the potentially impairing effects of prescriptive sedative drugs such as benzodiazepines on driving have been raised. However, other alternatives such as natural medicines may also carry similar risks with respect to driving safety. Kava (Piper methysticum) is a psychotropic plant commonly used both recreationally and medicinally in the United States, Australia, and the South Pacific to elicit a physically tranquilizing effect. To date no controlled study has tested a medicinal dose of kava versus placebo and a standard sedative drug on driving ability and driving safety. OBJECTIVE: Due to the need to establish the safety of kava in operating a motor vehicl..

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Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Dr. Jerome Sarris was funded by an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council fellowship (NHMRC funding ID 628875) in a strategic partnership with The University of Melbourne, The National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) Collaborative Research Centre in Neurocognition, and The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology. The study was funded by Integria Healthcare.