An interesting way to look at it.
Marijuana vs. Alcohol
Marijuana and alcohol are two drugs that are often used for the same effect: a sense of euphoria, relaxation, and feelings of happiness. Both substances are or once were illegal for use in the United States, with alcohol’s decriminalization coming via the Twenty-First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1933. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still illegal in America and has been for a very long time. This, however, is in need of reform. If a drug that could kill you quickly is legal, then why would a drug that cannot kill you with such ease be illegal? Well I’m afraid, as usual, it has a lot to do with money. Though the government could make an awful lot of revenue if they legalized and taxed marijuana, they are afraid that the average citizen could make too much of a profit from it simply because it is easy to grow and harvest. Though many Americans still illegally produce alcohol for private sale and use, it is much more difficult to do so than it is to grow weed. Though marijuana is not a perfectly safe substance, research often indicates that it is safer than alcohol.
Below I have stated four simple reasons that marijuana is safer than alcohol and, when it really comes down to a human standpoint, what’s safer should be more tolerated.
Reason 1: Intoxication
Though both drugs have intoxicating effects, the severity of the intoxication differs quite largely. Far more often than not, alcohol in large quantities impairs the mind and senses in a much more debilitative way than weed. Not only that, but using marijuana will not result in a dreadful hangover the next day. As far as doing certain activities while under one of these influences, such as driving, alcohol can impair your ability far worse than marijuana. Drinking several shots of liquor or a pack of beer will almost always impair your reflexes and judgment worse than hitting a joint or two of weed. Now it is true that this varies depending on different people’s tolerance levels and physiological makeups, but in a general sense of speaking marijuana doesn’t mess you up like alcohol does.
Reason 2: Long-Term Effects
Both alcohol and marijuana can have long-term negative effects on the body. Research has indicated, however, that the effects of alcohol are more numerous and devastating. Liver cancer, heart failure, and hypertension are three possible results of excessive alcohol consumption for a lengthy period of time. None of these conditions are pleasant. As for the weed, testicular cancer, frequent cough and phlegm, and cancer of the respiratory system are possible. Yes these don’t sound much better than alcohol’s effects. The key point is, however, that research on marijuana use is not as conclusive as that of alcohol. Many people that smoke cannabis also smoke cigarettes, making it unclear as to whether it’s the weed or the tobacco/chemicals causing the maladies. From my own perspective, I’ll take the weed.
Reason 3: Overdose
You simply cannot overdose on marijuana. Any other drug you can think of, including alcohol, mushrooms, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, heroin, crack, prescription pills, and meth, can very possibly cause life-threatening side effects that could result in immediate death. Even the slightest amount of any of these drugs could have such damaging repercussions. As for marijuana, however, you can partake in that all day and suffer from no more than sleepiness or just general laziness! Simply put, there is no disputing the fact that cannabis is safer than any other drug, even alcohol.
Reason 4: Violence
The use of marijuana does not incite feelings of rage and sexual depravity as alcohol does in many individuals. Most often we hear that rapists were drunk when they attacked their victim. Some people are prone to display violent behavior when under the influence of alcohol, resulting in a multitude of accounts of domestic abuse and child abuse. On the flip side, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a man beating his wife because he smoked two joints. I have never heard of a man raping a woman because he hit a water pipe too many times. It’s clear as day that marijuana, an illegal drug, does not make people act like this but yet alcohol, a legal and easy to obtain drug, does.
A Simple Conclusion
Regularly partaking in either substance is something that isn’t going to be recommended by any physician. Both can have repercussions. I do not condone the use of either substance while pregnant, at work, or driving a vehicle, nor do I condone the use of them by individuals with behavior problems. I’m just saying that if something like alcohol is legal, then marijuana should be too. Marijuana should be legalized and regulated by the same laws that govern alcohol, resulting in a fair, responsible allowance of the usage of each one.
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Some Thoughtful Links
- Alcohol Vs. Marijuana: Which is Perceived to Be Worse? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com
Millions of people around the world tend to loyally stick to their side of this debate. When the facts come in, which side will be less damaging, and less home-wrecking. Legality, effects, and popular opnion will be considered on this debate.
- NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 27, 2015:
I don't partake and I love my alcohol on occasion, but regardless, marijuana is far safer than alcohol, but there is even a bigger disparity between the ill effects of marijuana vs tobacco.
Tyler Hendo on April 21, 2014:
I SMOKE WEED ALL DAY EVRYDAY? WHAT WRONG WITH IT? NOT A DAMN THING
anonymous on May 22, 2013:
LSD does not have deadly side effects and neither do Mushrooms. Psychedelics are actually very safe on the body. The mind... on the other hand...
Sueswan on July 02, 2012:
I agree that marijuana should be legalized.
dmoney4god from VA on May 03, 2012:
Really good hub,I recently wrote about how Marijuana should be Legalized.
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on April 29, 2012:
Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Very wise knowledge and facts poet83. I agree. I see nothing wrong with Marijuana. It is natural. It is not man made like every other drug, so how can it be classified as such? The government will approve it one day when they are so far in debt, far more then we are now. Besides, I have never seen smokers fighting. They are usually laughing and having a good time. Alcohol is by far worse.
Amber on April 28, 2012:
As a bartender for many years I can say that I have had a front seat to this very argument. And as any bartender will tell you, cannabis does NOT incite someone to fighting. Power drinking Jagerbombs for 5 or more hours does.
The worst thing someone who has smoked is going to do is order food and make you cook.
I've seen people get beaten half to death, seen people do the craziest things you can think of on alcohol. One extremely intoxicated person can trash an entire bar in short order.
The smoker wouldn't even consider it.
Wayne K. WIlkins from Birmingham, England. on April 24, 2012:
Alcohol is a killer. I have lost family members and friends to alcohol. On the contrary, I have never lost anyone to weed, and I know a lot of people that smoke it. Also, as a fan of music and wrestling, weed has never done anything other than make Willie Nelson write timeless hits or Rob Van Dam soar crazy high when going froggy style. What has the booze done? Well, it killed Hank Williams and it has thus far ruined every potential main event run that Scott Hall has ever had.
You do the math and decide what the real killer is, but this Hub is right on the money. Great work. I hope I live long enough to see marijuana legalized and alcohol use die down.
Brian Lawson (author) from Windsor, Va. on April 23, 2012:
Yes indeed you have some good points there. Pot is not a perfectly safe and good thing to do. There is, however, more of a dependency on alcohol I believe and I have seen booze ruin more families than I have weed. Both things are something that, if you wish to do, do it in moderation and do it responsibly. Though weed can have adverse effects on people and their relationships too, I still believe very much that it is safer than alcohol and that if alcohol is legal, then marijuana should be too. Either that or make them BOTH illegal. Thanks for the feedback!
Pollyannalana from US on April 23, 2012:
You make some good points but I don't agree, but of course alcohol can ruin lives too and what I see worst in people I have observed is pot users; is losing their ambition. I do think it should be legalized just as alcohol was and that puts a lot of pushers out of business and buyers can feel safe as to what is in it, if they care. I knew one person I cared so much for put pot above everything and would drop anything for a chance at getting some. Not being a user I got my feeling hurt many times when plans had been made for us to do something together and pot people always made her a liar after she so promised me that would not happen. How many times I can't tell you. I have never seen anyone who drinks alcohol act that way. I do neither although I have had a drink a few times in my life and find no fault or sin with it if used properly. It has been many years ago though and I have no desire to. There were seven children in my family and maybe as many as 6 times a year my dad would buy something like sherry, rock n rye, etc, and let us all have a sip, maybe two. None of us became alcoholics. People who do pot that I have seen usually have children that do too.