Study: Alcohol Death Risk 114 Times Higher Than Pot
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A new marijuana study is comparing the risks of smoking pot to the risks of using other drugs.
It turns out, it may actually be better for you to grab a joint than a beer.
The study published in the journal Scientific Reports compared lethal doses of substances, both legal and illegal, with how much a typical person uses.
It found the risk of death by alcohol is 114 times higher than that of cannabis.
Dr. Margaret Haney directs the marijuana lab at Columbia University.
“Freshmen in college are dying from alcohol overdose all the time, and none are dying from marijuana,” said Dr. Haney.
Despite that, physicians say the danger is teens thinking it is okay to smoke pot because they think it’s natural or safe.
“Teens are most at risk to start using, and the long-term use is associated with depression as well as cognitive or learning problems. So knowing that could affect them in school, relationships going forward, integrating into society,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, Lenox Hill Hospital.
Researchers note that marijuana is the only drug on the list that posed a low death risk to users, and alcohol was considered the most dangerous even compared to heroin, cocaine, tobacco and ecstasy.
So what does that mean?
Should more emphasis be put on regulating booze instead?
Some researchers say yes.
They argue those against the legalization of marijuana would be better off shifting their focus to alcohol.
“I think something does need to be done in order to regulate alcohol, you know, compared to other substances and illicit drugs, alcohol in many ways could be much, much worse,” said Dr. Glatter.
Alaska just joined Washington and Colorado in becoming the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.