Cannabis. It’s a hot topic in the community nowadays, whether for medical use or even recreational use. Today, 18 states have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes, while many more have legalized recreational uses.
It has been around the world for years helping people with their aches and pains, but still, it seems to be a very controversial topic.
Many people believe that cannabis shouldn’t be legalized because it is unhealthy, but what about alcohol? Alcohol can cause many problems to the body as well, but not nearly as bad as cannabis. Cannabis has many medical benefits, and research proves this. People tend to see cannabis as an evil drug because of its effects on the body, but what about alcohol? Many people drink alcohol to have fun or a party, but is drinking worth the risk?
Many blog posts have been written on this topic, and many news stories have been reported. But how do they stack up against each other? It’s time for a showdown!
Alcohol is a depressant, a drug that depresses the central nervous system. This means it slows down brain activity which causes people to have slurred speech, delayed reaction time, vision problems, etc. It can cause liver cirrhosis if taken excessively and many other health issues such as high blood pressure.
However, many people drink to socialize, and they feel healthy for them. They say that the benefits of alcohol use outweigh the health risks. However, there isn’t enough research to prove this yet.
Cannabis has been used for centuries to help with back pain, glaucoma, appetite problems, etc. Many people say it has helped them in many ways, and they are glad that it’s growing in popularity.
It is perpetuated, falsely, to be a gateway drug for other drugs such as heroin and cocaine, even though the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated that 40% of people who use heroin started with marijuana. Propaganda is propaganda. Many people have been arrested for possession of marijuana, unjustly. Seeing the drugs on television may curious souls look into harder drugs that are illegal and hazardous.
Cannabis has many medical benefits while alcohol can cause health problems such as cancer, liver cirrhosis, etc. Alcohol can also ultimately lead to harder drugs that are very dangerous. However, alcohol is legal, and cannabis isn’t yet, which could also be a huge factor in why many people choose what they do.
In conclusion, it is safe to say that alcohol has more negative effects on the body than cannabis. It may not be seen as dangerous, but it can be. It is still very harmful to the body, and it is vital to know the risks of drinking excessively before you drink.
Cannabis has benefits as well, one being its’ medical use. Many people have been able to get off of hard drugs such as heroin because they used cannabis instead. Cannabis will not lead to harder drugs as proven; however, some still think of cannabis as a gateway drug. Many more states are coming together to legalize the use of cannabis which helps with stress on hospitals and jails since they are getting overcrowded due to arrests for marijuana possession.
Overall, both alcohol and cannabis have good and bad effects. It is essential to know the risks of each one before you use them.
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What would you tell your child or friend to choose between Cannabis and Alcohol? You might say both, but which is better for them? Alcohol can cause severe diseases like cirrhosis of the liver and cancers of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, and liver. On the other hand, Cannabis has never killed anyone. Alcohol has also been linked to increased incidents of violent behavior. This is not the case with Cannabis which leads to far less violence than alcohol.
So, why do people still think that alcohol is okay and Cannabis isn’t? It’s because of underlying social stigmas. When you talk about Cannabis, it’s usually associated with getting high and going into a laughing fit. Still, the truth is that Cannabis can be a useful medicinal tool for people with chronic pain and other diseases. There are currently cannabinoids being tested as a treatment for cancer because of their ability to inhibit tumor growth. If you want to learn more about this, take a look at this article which delves deeper into the subject: (insert a link to article)
The truth is that alcohol can kill you in one night, whereas Cannabis may take decades to do the same. If you’re still not convinced, check out this article which talks about how much more harmful alcohol is when compared with Marijuana: (insert a link to article)
Now that’s enough science for now. Let’s look at another aspect of this.
Alcohol is very addictive, and long-term heavy use can cause dependence, whereas Marijuana does not have the same withdrawal symptoms as alcohol or any other drugs for that matter. The actual probability of becoming addicted to Cannabis is only 9% among those who start using it in their teens, which reduces to just 6% among adults. The statistics are very similar for alcohol which is 15% in teens and 6% in adults.
Even with the arguments above, you might still choose Alcohol or Cannabis, but it’s time to compare the costs of buying these two substances to understand what’s most expensive when it comes to your pocketbook.
When purchased legally, alcohol has a much larger tax than Cannabis, and it can be anywhere from $3 to $9 for just one beer. This means that every time you go out and drink, the government takes more money away from your wallet because of all these taxes. Cannabis, on the other hand, if purchased legally in this country, usually costs about $10 for one gram, which is enough for about three joints. Even if you have a heavy hand, your cannabis habit will still be much cheaper than having to pay all these taxes on alcohol every month.
So there’s your choice: Cannabis or Alcohol? It seems like many people are choosing Cannabis over the more dangerous alcohol. Although it comes with some health benefits, Cannabis does come with problems like the smell. This is why many people create homemade vaporizers, which can be found online. Now that you know this, will you consider changing your choice to Cannabis over Alcohol?
If not, try to use it responsibly and don’t go out doing crazy things when you’re high because accidents happen.