Does Marijuana Hurt Your Health More Then Alcohol

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  1. rorymullen profile image59
    rorymullenposted 12 years ago

    Does  using Marijuana create more harm then good. If so tell me why. Does smoking Marijuana cause more deaths in America then drinking alcohol. Last question. Do you think legalizing Marijuana for medical and recreational use will help create more jobs and lower the debt. Thanks a lot for talking about this topic.

    1. Mikeydoes profile image44
      Mikeydoesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Marijuana is truly a saint to certain people with severe ailments. It is a relatively safe recreational drug which is why it is so popular. There are safer methods to take marijuana, the safest being eating it, don't just go eating it though, there is a method to it.

      It can create more jobs, that is for sure as there needs to be growers and vendors, it may or may not help the dept depending on how it is approached.

      1. rorymullen profile image59
        rorymullenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Nicely put Mike. I think if properly supported, Marijuana will cause Alcohol to become Illegal.

        1. Mikeydoes profile image44
          Mikeydoesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Alcohol won't be come illegal, we've tried that already, but I would certainly agree it is a safer alternative for many reasons.

          1. rorymullen profile image59
            rorymullenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I think it will. To legalize Marijuana we will need to make a case for alcohol or cigarette smoking to become illegal.

            1. kirstenblog profile image81
              kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Read up on history. It has been tried, failed miserably and laws were set in place the restrict the government from banning something for moral reasons only. Check out the reform era movement that backed prohibition, the vote for women (because we were more likely to back prohibition) and of course the violence, gangs and complete corruption that resulted as a consequence of the government trying to legislate morality.

  2. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    They tried to make alcohol illegal...and look how badly it failed.

  3. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 12 years ago

    I'm not so sure it is a relatively safe drug for habitual users.

    Everyone I know who uses on a regular basis is half-mad! Seriously they have all sorts of mental issues and I don't think enough studies have been done on the effects of its long term use as a recreational drug.

    The dangers of alcohol are long studied and well known, so I don't think you can compare the two like for like.

    But I do agree that marijuana for medicinal use is far superior to most of the prescription drugs out there, and with fewer side effects.

    Not that I know all the side effects of marijuana, obviously, that's the area that needs studied, but I do know a lot about the known side-effects of many drugs which are extensively tested and reported.

    1. rorymullen profile image59
      rorymullenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      So is it al right to put out medicine since people can read the side effects and then over dose. Marijuana is impossible to over dose. Countless studies has shown Marijuana has lot less side effects then any of the legal drugs out there.
      Lets be true guys. Marijuana will not become legal until The GOVERNMENT has there hands in the cookie jar.If taxed at $25.00 per ounce and 1/4 of Maine buys one ounce that will be a profit of 12.5 million dollars a month. We all know that marijuana is smokable and edible. If you want to go on the smoking version then why is cigarettes legal. Ciggs contain fillers that many Marijuana users will not use. Do you believe it causes Insanity. So not true. Reefer Madness has long been corrupting the masses for a while.

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You missed the point I was trying to make. Yes pharmaceutical drugs have a huge list of side effects because it has been extensively studied.

        MARIJUANA hasn't been subject to the same level of testing.

        You can't say its safer, but it looks to be safer to those with terminal or life-challenging illnesses.

        1. rorymullen profile image59
          rorymullenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          It has been tested though. Just as much as alcohol.

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            It can't have been tested as much as alcohol, simply because alcohol is legal is cannabis isn't.

            But I do agree it should be legalised, and I do agree big business has been behind its banning.

            Its only a herb after all, and there are plenty of medicinal herbs that are not made illegal because someone hasn't worked out how to profit from them.

            1. Mikeydoes profile image44
              Mikeydoesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Different strands of marijuana do completely different things. This will continue to always be a factor, and possibly why we don't have as much information on it as we do about alcohol. We have plenty of test subjects out there that have used it their whole lives, so we do have people that we can use for studies.

              Most people in the past not only did marijuana, but also did a lot of cocaine and many other drugs, so it is hard to pin point exactly what effects marijuana has later in life.

              I am fascinated in to what marijuana can do right now, but maybe it can be bred to do even greater things.

              After all it is a plant!

        2. Randy Godwin profile image60
          Randy Godwinposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Izzy, if you read about what happened during the hearings before the Act was passed, you might have to rethink the research claim.

          Even when a representative of the American medical association testified the governments case was based on ridiculous rumor and false incidents, it was ignored and the act pushed through to its passing. 

          Marijuana has been used for thousands of years by many cultures.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp on their plantations. The law is a cruel joke.  smile

        3. kirstenblog profile image81
          kirstenblogposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Marijuana has actually been extensively studied. Once recent piece of info that has been reported to the public has to do with the difference between the stronger stuff out there today versus the weaker stuff that our parents had access to. I have access to both. What I found interesting is that they have discovered that in the weaker stuff there is a chemical that is missing from the stronger stuff. This chemical acts as a safety mechanism and protects the end user from another chemical found in the plant that is closely related to  the mental health issues associated with long term regular smoking. Basically, the weaker stuff has a fail safe type chemical that negates the chemicals associated with mental illness. This is why it is believed that this strong stuff we got is more dangerous then the weaker grass. Personally I prefer the weak stuff and would be more then happy if that is what they legalized, I wouldn't have a problem just using that. I think of it as organic instead of synthetic! lol, the experience is more organic thats for sure wink

    2. Randy Godwin profile image60
      Randy Godwinposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      As a glaucoma sufferer, I must say the law causes me to spend over $100 per month for the 2 tiny bottles of drops I must use each day, even though I have good insurance which pays a large part of them. 

      I can get the same drops from other places at roughly the same price without insurance.  Who tends to be profiting from this?  Insurance and pharmaceutical industries, of course.

      But I could be wrong, being half mad and all! lol

    3. profile image50
      sandrabeingposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I would like to throw my 2 cents in here.  I have used mj off and on since I was 16, and I am 51 now.  I have gone 5 years once without it, and 10 years once.  I was always able to walk away from it without side effects.  I was a recreational user, or would have described myself that way.  Looking back, however, at my stressed out life, I would say it was more medicinal than recreational.

      For many years I have been sick and on TONS of medications from my mainstream doctor and also psychiatric medications.  After taking all the psych meds, I can tell you from experience, mj is much more effective than any of them.

      Through diet, supplements, detoxification and getting off of all pharmaceuticals, I have healed myself more than anything else I ever did.

      So, if a person doesn't seem too swift, or a bit vacant, and they are mj users, I would say their ills are caused by many other things and they are using mj to get through it.  God Bless us all.

  4. Randy Godwin profile image60
    Randy Godwinposted 12 years ago

    The Marijuana Stamp Act was shoved into law by big money people who stood to gain by its enforcement.  Not merely because of the smoking issue, but because hemp is an excellent source of oil and fiber used to make other fine products. 

    Hemp makes wonderfully strong rope and durable fabric, not mention a very good quality paper.  This paper threatened the pulp wood industry owned by a major newspaper giant.

    Coincidentally, a supplier for the military was lobbying for synthetic rope instead of the less costly and long lasting hemp rope and twine used at the time.  This criminal legislation made fortunes for the already rich pushers of the Act and prison sentences for the common man.  Blatant thievery and lies by the best politicians money could buy!

    1. rorymullen profile image59
      rorymullenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      How true. If Hemp was legalized along with Marijuana then many more jobs will be opened for people needing work. Hemp can be created into Fuel( no morre using over seas oil) paper( no more cuttin trees down) and many more objects.

      Remember all Money is the root to all evil.

  5. katiem2 profile image61
    katiem2posted 12 years ago

    What about all the chemicals that may or may not be present

    1. Hotplate profile image60
      Hotplateposted 12 years agoin reply to this

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  6. savannahbree10 profile image59
    savannahbree10posted 12 years ago

    Marijuana does have medicinal benefits, for e.g. for people with cancer, studies are showing that it increases their appetite.. I don't think marijuana should be legalized, but they should lessen the penalties and jail times for possessing marijuana, but have more jail time for selling it than possessing it.  I don't think it would increase jobs.. the government will regulate if it gets legal and they'll make more money off it.. Marijuana's THC levels are increasing, and some marijuana is just too potent and dangerous to ever be legalized.

    Marijuana can trigger panic/anxiety attacks in some people, and can also cause mental disorders in youth, such as schizophrenia.


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