Marijuana is quickly becoming a household source of self medication throughout the country and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. Scientific Reports just released a study that found that cannabis to be much safer than we had ever imagined.
Marijuana might be known as a “Gateway drug,” but in the long run it has actually shown to rank far lower than alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and meth. The full report shows that marijuana actually ranks 114 times lower than alcohol when it comes to lethal substances.
By comparing lethal doses with the average amount a user consumes, marijuana had the lowest mortality risk to users out of all the drugs they studied.
The data from Scientific Reports suggests that the government “focuses on a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.” This would allow any kind of substance user or abuser the chance wear and tear on their bodies with less frowned upon but still highly detrimental drugs such as tobacco and alcohol.
Let’s face it, in the next few years we will indefinitely see more and more states legalizing marijuana. If the sticky green leaf can be seen as a safer alternative to nightlife based activities that we have been participating in since the inception of winding down and having a good time it could lead to a healthier population.
At the moment there are four states including Washington D.C. who approve the recreational use of marijuana. This extend of legalization depends on what state you reside in. Washington D.C. allows patrons to carry up to two ounces of cannabis for personal use or donation.
In Alaska each resident who is 21 years of age or older can posses an ounce of marijuana so the legal quantity definitely fluctuates.