Over the span of a century or more, the American public has been essentially indoctrinated into the evils of cannabis/marijuana. It even became the theme of a movie, “Reefer Madness” in 1936, which depicted its users as deranged and even dangerous. The movie posters described it as “drug crazed abandon” and proclaimed: “Women Cry For It—Men Die For It!”  Its reputation was not improved by the hippie communal and drug culture of the 1960’s and 1970’s which included murderous users like the Manson Family whose dependence on hallucinogenic drugs was also blamed on marijuana.

Even though cannabis has benefited from acceptance for its medicinal benefits in recent years and legalized for both medicinal and recreational use in a number of states, many Americans are still concerned about its use for the latter purpose. It has been illegal, its use subject to prosecution and imprisonment throughout the lifetimes of the oldest among us. Ingesting it is still regarded in some quarters as drug abuse and detrimental to our health.

In the meantime, alcohol, which is clearly more addictive and destructive to human health, is widely accepted as a social imperative.

 

Cannabis versus Alcohol: Myths & Facts

Research reveals clearly disputes the myth that drinking alcohol is better for you than marijuana consumption. In fact, it actually possesses healing powers and its effects are more productive than destructive.

 

Myth: Marijuana Is More Addictive Than Alcohol…

We know that excessive consumption of alcohol kills people every day and its abuse clearly shortens life, hastening the advent of liver, heart and other diseases. Almost 14 million Americans are either alcoholics (8.1 million) or admittedly have a drinking problem, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. There have been no instances reported of overdose due to marijuana consumption, the least toxic of all drugs, with the chief complaints being constipation and lethargy. The cause of death of people who die from drinking too much at one time is alcohol poisoning and you can’t get more toxic than that. By the way, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that between 2006 and 2010, there were 2.3 million years of life lost due to excessive alcohol use—an average of 30 years per person.

Myth: Marijuana Is More Health Harmful Than Alcohol…

Actually, unlike alcohol, cannabis has cell protective properties.  Alcohol kills brain cells while research has shown marijuana to contain “neuroprotective properties,” minimizing brain damage.  There are even benefits to ingesting marijuana with alcohol, as evidenced by a study of teenagers who did both, showing fewer signs of damage to white blood cells than among those who drank only alcohol.

Fact: Depression Plagues Many Alcoholics…

Where no link between marijuana and depression has been ascertained, the  same can’t be said for alcoholics. Many of the latter are being treated for clinical depression with a watchful eye toward suicidal tendencies and potential self-harm.  They are also more likely to suffer dementia and psychosis, which often trigger depressive episodes.

Fact: More Side Effects from Alcohol…

The hangover, common to the excessive consumption of alcohol, is not a side effect of marijuana use. Furthermore, weed does not excite tendencies of anger, violence or loss of self-control, as alcohol does, that might result in brawling, belligerent behavior or driving while intoxicated.

 

Cannabis versus Tobacco: Myths & Facts

Myth: Weed More Harmful Than Tobacco…

Any smoke you inhale, even from a fireplace or wood-burning stove, introduces toxins into your lungs. However, statistics show that smoking tobacco has a more negative impact on the lungs and is considered to be 140 times more harmful than marijuana based on all types of consumption. Tobacco is considered the most heavily used addictive drug in both the United States and the world.

Fact: Marijuana Boasts Medical Benefits…

Yes, marijuana does have medical benefits explored elsewhere on this website. It effectively treats chronic pain, glaucoma, seizures, and respiratory issues. There is even evidence that it kills cancer cells.