If you were to ask law enforcement or the U.S. government, they’d tell you that marijuana is unsafe, addictive, and has no medical uses.
Of course, any thinking person knows that’s a crock of you-know-what. And now, a new study has found that the controversial plant is 114 times less likely to harm you than alcohol. In fact, they found that booze was the deadliest drug of them all, with cocaine and heroin coming in second.
“The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” the study’s authors wrote.
“At least for the endpoint of mortality, the [margin of exposure] for THC/cannabis in both individual and population-based assessments would be above safety thresholds (e.g. 100 for data based on animal experiments).
In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.”
When you think of carcinogenic substances, your mind probably goes to all things smoked, right? Well, one glossed over fact about alcohol is that it is a class A1 carcinogen – a confirmed causer of cancer in humans.
Alcohol consumption has been tied to breast cancer for a long time now. It doesn’t matter the kind of alcohol. It all does it.
Marijuana advocates are welcoming the new study, hoping that it helps to drive public opinion toward total legalization. Currently, marijuana is legal in Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.
More states will likely join the list this November when Americans cast their ballots. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
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