According to the findings of a recent study published in Scientific Reports, at the level of individual use, marijuana was found to be the least deadly substance. Alcohol was found to be the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.
Marijuana At Bottom Of List
Marijuana was found to be at the bottom of the list, almost 114 times less deadly than booze. The study’s authors ran calculations that compared lethal doses with the amount a typical person uses. Marijuana was found to be the only drug studied that has a low mortality risk to its users.
Risks Still Associated with Marijuana
While it has been deemed safer than alcohol, it’s important to note it does not mean “safe.” There are still multiple risks associated with marijuana. And most of the risks involve mental health issues that can increase with the age at which you start using as well as how frequently you use.
Laws Regarding Alcohol Compared to Marijuana Laws
Given their findings, the authors of the study recommend “risk management prioritization towards alcohol and tobacco rather than illicit drugs.” And go on to say that in regards to to marijuana, the low amounts of risk associated with the drug “suggest a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.” So rather than fighting marijuana legalization, regulatory organizations in this country should perhaps shift their attention to alcohol and cigarettes.
Source: The Washington Post, Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say, February 23, 2015
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