Four Simple Reasons Why Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol
An interesting way to look at it.
Marijuana vs. Alcohol
Marijuana and alcohol are two drugs that are often used for the same effect: a sense of euphoria, relaxation, and feelings of happiness. Both substances are or once were illegal for use in the United States, with alcohol’s decriminalization coming via the Twenty-First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1933. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still illegal in America and has been for a very long time. This, however, is in need of reform. If a drug that could kill you quickly is legal, then why would a drug that cannot kill you with such ease be illegal? Well I’m afraid, as usual, it has a lot to do with money. Though the government could make an awful lot of revenue if they legalized and taxed marijuana, they are afraid that the average citizen could make too much of a profit from it simply because it is easy to grow and harvest. Though many Americans still illegally produce alcohol for private sale and use, it is much more difficult to do so than it is to grow weed. Though marijuana is not a perfectly safe substance, research often indicates that it is safer than alcohol.
Below I have stated four simple reasons that marijuana is safer than alcohol and, when it really comes down to a human standpoint, what’s safer should be more tolerated.
Reason 1: Intoxication
Though both drugs have intoxicating effects, the severity of the intoxication differs quite largely. Far more often than not, alcohol in large quantities impairs the mind and senses in a much more debilitative way than weed. Not only that, but using marijuana will not result in a dreadful hangover the next day. As far as doing certain activities while under one of these influences, such as driving, alcohol can impair your ability far worse than marijuana. Drinking several shots of liquor or a pack of beer will almost always impair your reflexes and judgment worse than hitting a joint or two of weed. Now it is true that this varies depending on different people’s tolerance levels and physiological makeups, but in a general sense of speaking marijuana doesn’t mess you up like alcohol does.
Reason 2: Long-Term Effects
Both alcohol and marijuana can have long-term negative effects on the body. Research has indicated, however, that the effects of alcohol are more numerous and devastating. Liver cancer, heart failure, and hypertension are three possible results of excessive alcohol consumption for a lengthy period of time. None of these conditions are pleasant. As for the weed, testicular cancer, frequent cough and phlegm, and cancer of the respiratory system are possible. Yes these don’t sound much better than alcohol’s effects. The key point is, however, that research on marijuana use is not as conclusive as that of alcohol. Many people that smoke cannabis also smoke cigarettes, making it unclear as to whether it’s the weed or the tobacco/chemicals causing the maladies. From my own perspective, I’ll take the weed.
Reason 3: Overdose
You simply cannot overdose on marijuana. Any other drug you can think of, including alcohol, mushrooms, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, heroin, crack, prescription pills, and meth, can very possibly cause life-threatening side effects that could result in immediate death. Even the slightest amount of any of these drugs could have such damaging repercussions. As for marijuana, however, you can partake in that all day and suffer from no more than sleepiness or just general laziness! Simply put, there is no disputing the fact that cannabis is safer than any other drug, even alcohol.
Reason 4: Violence
The use of marijuana does not incite feelings of rage and sexual depravity as alcohol does in many individuals. Most often we hear that rapists were drunk when they attacked their victim. Some people are prone to display violent behavior when under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a multitude of accounts of domestic abuse and child abuse. On the flip side, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a man beating his wife because he smoked two joints. I have never heard of a man raping a woman because he hit a water pipe too many times. It’s clear as day that marijuana, an illegal drug, does not make people act like this but yet alcohol, a legal and easy to obtain drug, does.
A Simple Conclusion
Regularly partaking in either substance is something that isn’t going to be recommended by any physician. Both can have repercussions. I do not condone the use of either substance while pregnant, at work, or driving a vehicle, nor do I condone the use of them by individuals with behavior problems. I’m just saying that if something like alcohol is legal, then marijuana should be too. Marijuana should be legalized and regulated by the same laws that govern alcohol, resulting in a fair, responsible allowance of the usage of each one.
Which do you think is safer?
Do you think marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol?
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Some Thoughtful Links
- Alcohol Vs. Marijuana: Which is Perceived to Be Worse? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
Millions of people around the world tend to loyally stick to their side of this debate. When the facts come in, which side will be less damaging, and less home-wrecking. Legality, effects, and popular opnion will be considered on this debate.
- NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws