If you are American, you have probably been tricked into believing that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed countless lives. The FDA, Reagan’s and Dare programs have been asking you to believe lies like marijuana causes lung cancer, and is a “gateway” to other dangerous drugs. The alcohol industry has been running anti-drug ads for years trying to convince you that most people who use marijuana are losers who sit around on couches all day ignoring their dog and doing nothing! The truth is, not only is cannabis far less harmful than what your government has told you, it could easily be argued that “weed” is a miracle drug that nearly everyone could benefit from.
“The science is clear that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.” Dr. Aaron M. White, PhD, Professor of Psychology Duke University Medical Center
Part of the problem is that many people are simply unfamiliar with marijuana. The negative wrap that it has received over the years has kept many people from experiencing its benefits. Or if they did try it their brain’s had been conditioned to think that marijuana use is bad, no matter what they experienced.
The truth is that marijuana is widely used in a manner quite similar to alcohol. Many respected and responsible Adults consume cannabis in a way very similar to those who consume wine. It is not “bad” or “wrong” or “immoral” or “dirty.” It is simply something that these responsible adults choose to do, something many health conscious adults choose to do. Frequently it is something they choose to do specifically instead of alcohol. And for good reason, alcohol is 1000’s of times more toxic, more addictive, more harmful to the body, more likely to result in injuries, yet a glass of wine is considered “smart” and “classy” talk about a negative double standard.
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 number from cannabis use is 0.
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 seem to indicate that marijuana actually has neuroprotective properties. This means that it works to protect brain cells from harm. For example, one recent study found that teens who used marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains. Of course, what is beyond question is that alcohol damages brain cells.
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.