As the debate over whether or not marijuana is better than alcohol continues to rage, it’s important to take a closer look at the facts. Here are five reasons why marijuana is actually healthier for you than alcohol: 1. Marijuana is less toxic than alcohol (i.e. it is less harmful to your body) Cannabis is safe to use in moderation and does not cause long-term damage to the body the way alcohol does. Unlike alcohol, marijuana also does not have the same negative effects on your brain and central nervous system. In fact, research has linked regular marijuana use with a reduced risk of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
Alcohol is a toxin. It produces free radicals that can damage cells and cause disease. Heavy drinking also increases your risk of developing heart problems and liver problems. Cannabis, on the other hand, contains compounds known as cannabinoids that have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. These compounds work together in the body to promote healing and prevent inflammation, which is often the underlying cause of chronic health problems like heart disease and cancer.
•Addiction to drugs or alcohol alters brain chemistry, causing cravings, heightened emotional responses, and loss of inhibitions. This can cause problems at home and on the job as well as affect relationships in a negative way. Research has shown THC can help restore normal brain functioning. CBD has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and reduce drug cravings.
•Recreational use of marijuana is safer than alcohol consumption. According to the CDC, the mortality rate for alcoholism is between 2% and 3% per year while the rate for cannabis is 0.04% -0.05% per year.