Look at the facts and decide what is more harmful, Marijuana or Alcohol
Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from marijuana use. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths are attributed to alcohol use alone. The CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana.
People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal marijuana overdose. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs. Marijuana is one of, if not the least toxic drugs, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. Thus, there has never been a case of an individual dying from a marijuana overdose. Meanwhile, according to the CDC, hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur in the United States each year.
The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers. The annual health-related cost of alcohol consumption is $165 per user, compared to just $20 per user for marijuana.
Alcohol use damages the brain. Marijuana use does not. Despite the myths we’ve heard throughout our lives about marijuana killing brain cells, it turns out that a growing number of studies indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains.
Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Marijuana use is not. Alcohol use is associated with a wide variety of cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, colon, lungs, pancreas, liver, and prostate. Marijuana use has not been conclusively associated with any form of cancer.In fact, marijuana use actually reduced the likelihood of head and neck cancers and marijuana smoking was not associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. People who smoked marijuana actually had lower incidences of cancer compared to non-users of the drug.
Alcohol is more addictive than marijuana. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance.
Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the consumer. Marijuana use does not. Many people who have consumed alcohol, or know others who have consumed alcohol, would not be surprised to hear that it greatly increases the risk of serious injury. Research published in 2011 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that 36% of hospitalized assaults and 21% of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that lifetime use of marijuana is rarely associated with emergency room visits.
I believe we have a clear winner, Alcohol is far more harmful that Marijuana ever could be. That might surprise a lot of you but the fact remains. Marijuana has a stigma attached to it because of the so called war on drugs. We have been conditioned to believe that Marijuana is hard drug, right along side cocaine and heroine because in 1970 it was added at the schedule 1 drug controlled substance act. Which was when the federal government started requiring minimum prison sentences for drug crimes, such as possessing marijuana. Since then the government has made billions arresting and jailing citizens who posses marijuana. In 2014 alone there were over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges, thats roughly one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year.
Im not an advocat for Marijuana but it really bothers me that alcohol is legal and marijuana is not, especially since alcohol is proven to be more harmful that marijuana ever could be. I have seen drunk people and i have seen stoned people, the drunks are far more dangerous in general. When people are drunk they will get into fights, have unprotected sex, cheat, fight/argue with loved ones, drink and drive, black out, and do things they would never normaly do. When people are stoned they are far less likely to get into a confrontation of any kind, its a peaceful experience but i still wouldn’t ever drive stoned.
But hey you don’t have to take my word on this, please watch CNN report on Marijuana. It gets very interesting around the 4:25 mark.