There are, like, a thousand reasons why weed is safer than alcohol. But we’ve condensed it to a list of 10. Next time you go out with your friends, you might have to make a choice. Do you want to drink or do you want to get high? Hopefully, this list will help make the decision easier for you.
10. Will Not Lead To Weight Gain
Let’s start with one of the most basic reasons why weed is safer than alcohol.
Alcohol, by itself, isn’t a total calorie bomb. But it adds up very quickly. Especially when you start adding in sugary mixers and having multiple drinks in a night. While you’re probably not throwing back Lemon Drop shots and Vodka Crans every night, consequences of your weekend party habits have a way of creeping up on you.
All doctors agree that excess weight is unhealthy. By contrast, weed has no calories and thus will not cause weight gain. In fact, it may even have the opposite effect.
9. Doesn’t Cause Blackouts
Remember last weekend when you did all those Kamikaze shots, ended up stealing a bike and immediately steered it into a brick wall? No? You probably blacked out.
When you drink too much, you can actually end up so drunk that you have no recollection of what you did. This can not only result in your friends getting major blackmail material but can also be incredibly dangerous if you end up in a risky situation. Cannabis, on the other hand, does not carry the same risk.
8. Not Associated With Violence
This is one of the major reasons why weed is safer than alcohol.
There is a plethora of evidence showing that excessive alcohol is linked to violence. This kind of violence isn’t just limited to drunken fights. It’s been linked to domestic and sexual violence as well. A 2014 study, however, shows that in relationships, regular cannabis use is linked to significantly lower rates of intimate partner violence.
7. No Hangovers
Most people who drink have also experienced hangovers. Ranging from mild to severe, we can all agree that they are unpleasant experiences. Because they’re so prevalent, most of us have perfected our own personalized hangover remedies (coffee, Gatorade and greasy food, anyone?).
Know what doesn’t cause hangovers? Weed.
6. Fewer Car Accidents
There has been a reported correlation between an increase in car accidents in states with legalized weed. But correlation does not equal causation, and in these instances, there’s no way of knowing if weed was the cause of any of the accidents.
We do have years of research that prove that alcohol use is a major cause of car accidents though.
5. Decreased Risk Of Injury
We all know that alcohol impairs your motor skills. While this negative effect can be mild enough to only result in not being able to walk in a straight line, think of all the risks that impaired coordination carries.
You could wander into traffic, fall down a flight of steps, trip and hit your head so hard you cause severe brain damage… you get the picture.
While you might get a minor injury when you’re high—like if you accidentally grab the lit end of a joint—the risk of severe injury is a lot lower than when you get drunk.
4. There Is No Risk Of Addiction
Alcoholism is a serious problem. And it’s one that does not discriminate. Anyone of any gender, age or socioeconomic status can be addicted to alcohol. Like all addictions, it’s a disease that not only impacts the alcoholic but also their loved ones.
There is absolutely no evidence that weed is addictive. Most experts agree that it’s not and that it may even help curb addiction.
3. Not Associated With Brain Damage
Researchers have concluded that habitual, excessive alcohol use causes damage to the brain’s structure. Not even just psychological damage. Actual physical damage.
Researchers have also found that weed does not cause damage to the brain. In fact, there are studies that show that it actually has a positive impact, including within populations with Alzheimer’s.
2. Not Linked To Major Diseases
Excessive alcohol has been linked to myriad diseases. These diseases include cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, decreased immune system, osteoporosis, pancreatitis… the list goes on and on.
Not only is cannabis not linked to major diseases, it’s recommended by (some) doctors to alleviate and treat certain diseases. When was the last time you’ve heard of a doctor recommending liquor as a treatment?
1. You Cannot Overdose
Honestly, this is one of the most pressing reasons why weed is safer than alcohol.
Alcohol poisoning is a serious issue. It literally kills people. And it’s a lot easier than most people realize to consume a fatal amount of alcohol.
Conversely, according to David Schmader, the author of Weed: A User’s Guide, “a fatal dose of marijuana would require ingestion of fifteen hundred pounds in fifteen minutes.” Of course, this figure is mostly theoretical because there are no recorded deaths from weed use alone.
Final Hit: 10 Reasons Why Weed Is Safer Than Alcohol
Even though there are plenty of reasons why weed is safer than alcohol, we’re not telling you to never drink. We just want you to be informed so you can make better decisions regarding your health, happiness and life. Alcohol is mostly fine in moderation! Just make sure you don’t overdo it.