Sunday, March 20, 2016

Marijuana vs. Alcohol



This article points out the effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana and alcohol. It stated that marijuana itself hasn't been responsible for a single death, however alcohol caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012. It also said that marijuana can cause a person to experience anxiety, panic, and paranoia. Marijuana can also increase a risk of psychosis and schizophrenia. There are many physical and mental effects to alcohol including heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression.

If alcohol is worse than marijuana, why is it legal and marijuana not? Do you think both should be legal? Do you think both should be illegal?

Article: http://www.medicaldaily.com/marijuana-vs-alcohol-effects-psychoactive-drugs-have-physical-and-mental-health-332094

13 comments:

  1. According to this article, marijuana's negative effects are far less severe than alcohol's negative effects. Alcohol leads to more recorded deaths from risky behavior, while there are no deaths caused directly from marijuana. But, both lead to loss of brain activity and possible brain damage. I believe that since we have allowed alcohol to be legal for so long, and all its history its been detrimental to human mental and physical health, that there is no point in not making marijuana legal. Legalizing marijuana can also allow further studies to be done on it to find specific long term effects, helping everyone know the real risks of smoking.

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  2. I totally agree. I don't see how a drug like alcohol can be legal and marijuana is not, especially because the effects (both short and long term) are not nearly as bad as alcohol. I think it's a matter of time before it becomes legal, it will just be interesting to see how long it takes.

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  3. According to the article, there are contradictory studies relating to how marijuana affects the brain and IQ. One of the reasons that we see alcohol as worse than marijuana may be because we don't understand the side effects of marijuana as much. Of course, both impair the brain, and it seems that marijuana may not have as much adverse side effects as alcohol. However, they are both harmful and the question of legality is related to what lawmakers do. I believe that people should be able to make that personal choice and both may be legal; however, we should be cautious before legalizing marijuana.

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  4. Overall it seems like marijuana has less sever side effects and consequences than alcohol. But its obviously safest to use everything in moderation. It seems like we are still unsure of the long term side effects of marijuana, but we have done extensive studies on the side effects of alcohol consumption. The side effects we know of so far for marijuana seem to be more harmful to the individual, whereas the side effects for extensive alcohol consumption tend to put other people at risk as well as the user. If we are going to make drugs illegal, then I think we need to at least put a cap on the amount of alcohol a person can consume.

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  5. Overall it seems like marijuana has less sever side effects and consequences than alcohol. But its obviously safest to use everything in moderation. It seems like we are still unsure of the long term side effects of marijuana, but we have done extensive studies on the side effects of alcohol consumption. The side effects we know of so far for marijuana seem to be more harmful to the individual, whereas the side effects for extensive alcohol consumption tend to put other people at risk as well as the user. If we are going to make drugs illegal, then I think we need to at least put a cap on the amount of alcohol a person can consume.

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  6. Alcohol causes death as there were 3.3 million deaths connected to alcohol consumption in 2012 and marijuana doesn't directly cause death. They both cause health and mental problems. Alcohol, which actually causes deaths, is legal so marijuana should be legal.

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  7. I think both should be legal. Alcohol, which is currently legal, is still a psychoactive substance. It can be abused if people aren't careful or take advantage of their legal privilege. The same could be said if marijuana were made legal. As the article said, "both are considered to be psychoactive drugs that affect mental processes and cognition when taken". If alcohol is legal, why not make marijuana legal. Other than the fact that it causes less deaths than alcohol, people should already be aware of substance abuse and the cognitive effects. It is the person's responsibility to properly use the substance just as they have been doing with alcohol for so many years.

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  8. Marijuana has had no deaths in history at all and many people who smart, famous and have health issues all do it for reasons of relaxation,while on the other hand alcohol which has caused many car accidents and killed many people before including teens which is legal.Both alcohol and cigarettes are both causes of death in the past few recent years in history yet they're legal things to buy.

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  9. I think that marijuana and alcohol are both dangerous to people's health, but at the same time people take the risk of getting sick by consuming these products. I don't think tags alcohol should be illegal, but there should be more restrictions in place to prevent people from consuming too much of it. "alcohol caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012." Alcohol has caused many deaths, but people do know the risk of drinking it so it would be on them.

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  10. According to the article, it says that marijuana does not cause a person to die, compared to alcohol that caused 3.3 million people to die from alcohol.
    Both marijuana and alcohol should not be legal.
    Both marijuana and alcohol should really be illegal because it is bad for you and it can cause some serious side effects.

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  11. I was really suprised that alcohol is 114 times more deadly than marajuana. That is a big argument for marajuana being less harmful than alcohol and that it should be legalized. In society I feel like we are taught to think that marajuana is so much worse for you than alcohol, mainly because it's illegal, but that is not the case in terms of health. I believe that marajuana should be made legal because according to the article it has less of a negative affect on human health than alcohol. And since alcohol is legal, it would make sense to make marajuana legal as well.

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  13. I think that alcohol is legal and weed isn't because alcohol and the use of it has been around for so long that no one is willing to actually stop and think about the harm its actually causing them. I also think that alcohol is one of the most bought products from any store because of the effect it gives the drinker and how good it makes them feel, I don't think these people are particularly worried about the tolls alcohol takes on their bodies, they just like the feeling they get. I believe both should be legal to an extent, I can't think of what that extent might be but they both are pretty bad so I think that maybe it should just be harder for a person to obtain either of these substances.

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