Why Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol
Cannabis has been shown to be far less harmful than alcohol, contrary to popular belief. Apparently, it also has a number of beneficial properties.
Until recently, you would have believed any anti-drug advertising that marijuana is a threat. Others depended on its impact by exaggeration, or straight up lies. Some advertisements would show people off the rails comically, establishing a link between this activity and consumers of marijuana. There was one mission, no matter what route the ads took: to make cannabis look like a threat and a waste of time.
These anti-drug camps didn’t pay nearly as much attention to alcohol, though. Of course, there have been commercials on addiction for decades, and the topic is not completely overlooked by the public; however, most alcohol ads show photos of parties and adventures.
- DEATH TOLL
We don’t mean starting with a dark note, but death toll is one of the biggest indicators of risk. In 2016, harmful use of alcohol claimed more than 3 million lives worldwide, including victims of alcohol poisoning, those suffering from cancer and strokes, and more. The death toll for cannabis, by contrast, is a big fat0. Sure, there are some people who drive high and cause car accidents, but drunk drivers are far more prevalent.
Almost 50,000 U.S. patients are diagnosed with alcohol poisoning annually, according to Alcoholism Solutions. The situation in the UK is also grim, with underage hospital visits in the past eight years due to alcohol poisoning shooting up 20% year-over-year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that six people in the U.S. died daily from alcohol poisoning in 2011–2012, although not as recent as a quantitative one. You know how many people died at that time, or at all, from overdose of marijuana? Say it to me: Z-E-R-O. To order to get there, you would have to smoke from 238 to 1,113 joints (15–70 grams of pure THC). Even trying out good luck.
3. CHRONIC ILLNESS
Liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, epilepsy, ischaemic heart disease can all be caused by long-term, heavy use of alcohol. Marijuana has its own baggage, but in particularly severe cases it is mostly limited to lung problems (especially when used with tobacco) and psychotic episodes. But that threshold is reached by almost no one. Psychotic episodes, even then, are also a threat to alcohol! Ultimately, the alcohol-related risks put the scale far out of control.
4. VIOLENCE AND INJURY RATES
We don’t know about you guys, but we don’t have the energy or the motivation to commit violent crimes while we smoke. It seems like most people are in agreement.
5. IMPACT ON THE BRAIN
Although many of you may believe that cannabis is the brain killer of the two (thanks to public perception), shockingly this is not the case. In fact, in an article for Psychology Today , Dr. Gary L. Wenk says, it’s the opposite!
He cites research from the Scripps Research Institute that found that binge drinkers lose heavily on neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells) even after they have stopped it. In contrast, recent studies have shown that the activation of activates neurogenesis cannabinoid receptors.
6. Medical Advantage
Weed has an advantage over alcohol because it actually helps certain people. Apart from many individuals who use cannabis for general therapeutic reasons, cannabis or cannabinoid therapies are often prescribed in regions where medical use is legal. When was the last time a doctor wrote a prescription for alcohol (after the 1870s)? To be accurate.
7. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Although cannabis overuse can worsen these very issues, most patients with anxiety and depression find medical marijuana relief. Research in this area remains undeveloped, of course, and marijuana is widely prescribed for mental health problems. That has not stopped people from self-administering with specific THC and CBD levels, however.