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Booze or Pot? No Question Which Substance Is More Harmful to Health

Booze or Pot? No Question Which Substance Is More Harmful to Health

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:28
By Paul Armentano, Truthout | Op-Ed

Pot and booze both have their aficionados – and their detractors. But an objective assessment of these two substances’ impact upon health yields only one conclusion: that marijuana is far safer than alcohol. Here’s why.
Alcohol, unlike cannabis, is a central nervous system depressant that possesses an affinity to the brain’s opioid receptors. This is why the consumption of alcohol depresses the brain’s inhibitory control mechanisms, and why the over-consumption of alcohol may cause respiratory failure, coma and death. By contrast, consuming cannabis, regardless of quantity, is incapable of causing lethal overdose.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26096-booze-or-pot-no-question-which-substance-is-more-harmful-to-health






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