Monday, October 22, 2012

Blunts vs. Booze

THC and alcohol, both drugs. One's legal and the other's illegal. One is endorsed and the other is negatively enforced. Both of these substances cause narcotic effects to the human body and both of these are widely used by people for their enjoyment and both during their prohibition periods, had medical access in select states (yes, medical alcohol existed back during alcohol prohibition). But which is safer? Which causes the least damage to ones body and mind?

Let's start with alcohol: in the United States alcohol is legal to all persons 21 and up, except for dry states of course. Some states, such as Oregon, have laws where people under the federal age may legally drink alcohol under certain circumstances. For example: in Oregon all people under the age of 21 that are on private property with their parents and their parents are at least 21 in age, state laws permit those to drink alcohol. This can be a good and a bad thing. Some people (like myself) have good times with drinking a few brewskies every now and then with their family. Now, those are the laws regarding alcohol in the United States but what about the effects alcohol does to the body?

Alcohol, though fun for many people, poses many dangerous health risks. Alcohol can harden your liver, disorient your driving skills and cause accidents, (drunk driving kills about 10,000 people a year in the US alone: Source), and much more. Some studies even say beer increases risk of stomach cancers. The annual death toll for alcohol is about 75,000 a year in the US alone (source) Now, alcohol poses a lot of heath risks but prohibiting this substance would make things worse. In the days lf alcohol prohibition alcohol related deaths went up nearly 400%. Most of us can agree that alcohol has dangers and even though it does have dangers it should remain legal.

Now, let us turn to marijuana, starting with its laws. In the United States (well, most countries for that matter) cannabis is illegal. Many countries allow industrial hemp but industrial hemp is illegal in the United States. Some areas grow industrial hemp in the United States but these places are often raided by the American government, even though you can't get high from it (well, maybe if you smoked 4 blunts you would pass out but the smoke inhalation would be the reason). Ever sense 1996 medical marijuana existed in the United States, with California being the first state. Though there are states with medical marijuana available to qualifying patients the federal government is attacking these states by sending threats to the people and local governments and by having the DEA raid medical marijuana dispensaries.

As stated above, marijuana has many medical benefits, even more than alcohol. Cannabis has been proven to reduce cancer cells, help with nausea with a large variety of illnesses, help people keep an appetite (great for AIDS and cancer patients) and many more. Those are the benefits but what are the negatives? Cannabis has a few negatives. You smoke too much and your lungs have damage, you're high as balls and don't know what you're doing, even mental addictions have been proven to exist (an addiction similar to being addicted to the Internet or a brand of chips). Now, what is the yearly death toll for marijuana overdose? Zero. As in there are no deaths every year. In fact, nobody on any record has ever overdosed on marijuana. Though marijuana does pose some health risks, they are minimal at most.

Both sides have their benefits and many people choose to do one or the other, some even choose to do both as in moderation are really not that bad. When it comes to ones health marijuana is by far safer than alcohol. With the lack of death toll and massive amount of therapeutic benefits cannabis is praised as a safer alternative to alcohol. In most states where marijuana has a higher use rate than others, alcohol use among these states is decreased, this even applies to medical marijuana states that have shown no increase in marijuana use with the legal medical marijuana statuses. When it comes to safety, marijuana is the right choice but when it comes to personal preference, it's up to the user.

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