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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New Study: Weed is 114 times safer than alcohol

A new study confirms what supporters of marijuana legalization have been saying all along: Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, and should be regulated as such.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, looked to determine how deadly seven illicit and licit drugs were by comparing the amount it takes to kill someone to the amount most people typically use. By this methodology, alcohol came up as the deadliest, with the smallest gap between individual exposure and a deadly dose. Marijuana, meanwhile, was the only drug to fall into the “low risk” category, as it was about 114 times less deadly than alcohol.

The other drugs involved in the study, in order of most to least deadly, were heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. The findings were based solely on the danger of the substances, and didn’t account for other factors that go into drug use. The researchers said their findings don’t point to moderate alcohol consumption posing a higher risk than heroin use. “Much of the harm from drug use is not inherently related to consumption, but is heavily influenced by the environmental conditions of the drug use.” For heroin users, these could include dirty needles and unregulated supplies.

It is also proven that consumption of weed is linked to a reduced risk of domestic violence, crime rates and even car crashes.
The article is a must read here