Alcohol and marijuana couldn’t be more different, however the two are often compared as similar recreational substances. People who don’t smoke (but tend to drink) favor the idea that alcohol is safer to use than weed. There are reasons why weed has been illegal this whole time, right? No, not really. And alcohol is not safer than weed, no many how many people might try to tell you so.
There are literally countless reasons why weed is safer than alcohol. No one has ever blacked out on weed and gotten behind the wheel. It doesn’t tend to lead to increased violence…or hangovers that leave you vomiting and dry heaving after a heavy night of consumption. There’s plenty of ways to account that weed is much safer than alcohol. Here are some of our top picks.
4 Reasons Why Weed is Safer than Alcohol
1. Marijuana Doesn’t Make You Blackout
Anyone who has ever had too much to drink…and not been able to remember what happened the night before, knows that blacking out is something alcohol is famous for. Alcohol-induced blackouts tend to occur when the alcohol in a person’s bloodstream spikes too high and too rapidly.
Weed on the other hand, will not cause blackouts…even if you’ve had a couple hits too many. Smoke more than you’re accustomed to and you might get the spins, sweaty, and become nauseous. You might even throw up. But you’re not going to black out and forget minutes or hours of your life while you were under the influence.
2. Weed Doesn’t Cause Adverse Health Problems
Heavy alcohol abuse can contribute to substantial health problems. Liver disease, cancer, weakened immunity, vitamin and mineral deficiancies, osteoperosis, pancreatitis, and brain damage are all associated with alcohol abuse over a long period of time.
Weed on the other hand, doesn’t show to cause health adversities. Instead it’s considered to be a plant that is beneficial to several different health conditions and diseases. Instead of causing cancer, it has shown to kill cancer cells. One study showed that CBD is even helpful in causing the malignant cells in liver fibrosis to commit cell death.
3. Cannabis Doesn’t Cause Addiction
It’s estimated that almost 18 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or alcohol dependency, a problem that affects people of all ages, genders, and economic statuses. Cannabis however, hasn’t shown to cause addiction. You will though, hear some addiction experts speak of “cannabis use disorder.” a condition that is marked with cravings for cannabis as well as something that negatively affects a person’s life, among other symptoms. Most however, agree that marijuana doesn’t hold to propensity towards addiction associated with alcohol.
4. Excessive Alcohol Abuse Causes Brain Damage…Weed Promotes Brain Cell Growth
Anyone who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol over time is at serious increased risk for developing brain damage. Experts have said that “heavy drinking may have extensive and far–reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple ‘slips’ in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.”
Cannabis works much differently on the brain. Not only does it not cause brain damage, but cannabinoids have actually shown to promote neurogenesis and brain growth.
As Professor Dirk Lachenmeir, professor and head of a study that found cannabis to be 114 times safer than alcohol, had to say, “The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past. In contrast,” he added, “the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.”
What are your thoughts about weed being safer than alcohol? Do you have any firsthand experience you’d be willing to share? We’d love to hear about the way you feel in the comments below.