Saturday, February 5, 2011

Marijuana vs Alcohol - What's more dangerous ???????

While many of us know that alcohol is much more dangerous than marijuana, the fact remains that there are many who still feel alcohol is more acceptable because it’s legal. Below you will see 2 charts,
Here is an article entitled “Marijuana vs. Alcohol: 25 Enlightening Studies and Infographics.” This is a great quick reference guide to the major studies that have been done on both substances, plus some infographics that show you the stark contrast between the two and some facts you might not have known about alcohol and cannabis. Here are some of my favorites.
Visualizing Alcohol Use: Consider this infographic about alcohol use. Get an idea of how many people use alcohol, and its effects. Includes information on blood alcohol level, as well as what it takes to begin impairing your behavior.
15 Things You Should Know About Marijuana: This infographic presents interesting facts about marijuana. It includes number of deaths from other drugs, including alcohol and prescription drugs and compares them to annual marijuana deaths. It also includes information about hemp production in the early days of America.
Marijuana Health Mythology: Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., offers a look at different myths surrounding marijuana, including those related to health and public safety. This piece sites numerous studies about marijuana and health.
Are We Losing Out by Not Legalizing Marijuana?: There is an argument out there that says that we should legalize marijuana for the financial aspects. This infographic offers information on the possible economic benefits of legalized marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Has Merit, Research Shows: WebMD offers a look at a study done by California researchers updating what we know about the uses of medical marijuana to help control pain in a number of situations.
Drugs and Accident Risk in Fatally-Injured Drivers: This risk analysis from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Pathology at Monash University in South Melbourne, Australia, offers a look at the driving risks presented by different drugs. It suggests that drivers on alcohol are a greater risk than those using marijuana.
Marijuana Has Little Effect On Driving: Researchers at the University of Iowa recently completed a study that indicates that marijuana has little effect on driving ability.
Comparing Dangers of Popular Drugs: This infographic offers a look at different dangers associated with drugs. It shows that alcohol ranks much higher than marijuana in terms of dependence, withdrawal, tolerance, reinforcement and intoxication. Alcohol even ranks higher than heroin on withdrawal.
There are a lot of misconceptions still hanging around concerning marijuana, especially as it relates to alcohol. This article will go a long way in demolishing those misconceptions.
Driven by the Drug War, the U.S. prison population is six to ten times as high as most Western European nations. The United States is a close second only to Russia in its rate of incarceration per 100,000 people. In 2000, more than 734,000 people were arrested in this country for marijuana-related offenses alone.
Marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, or damage the immune system. Unlike alcohol, marijuana does not kill brain cells or induce violent behavior. Continuous long-term smoking of marijuana can cause bronchitis, but the chance of contracting bronchitis from casual marijuana smoking is minuscule. Respiratory health hazards can be totally eliminated by consuming marijuana via non-smoking methods, i.e., ingesting marijuana via baked foods, tincture, or vaporizer.

Marijuana is far less toxic and less addictive than alcohol.

Annual causes of death by cause -
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