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Researchers: Marijuana May Be Safer Than Previously Thought

medical marijuanaMarijuana has never killed anyone, ever. That’s a fact that marijuana supporters have offered up for many decades now. It’s a simple form of proof that marijuana is safer than many things that are not prohibited, such as alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and many other things. New research was released yesterday that suggests that marijuana is even safer than previously thought. Per the Washington Post:

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.

And all the way at the bottom of the list? Weed — roughly 114 times less deadly than booze, according to the authors, who ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses. Marijuana is also the only drug studied that posed a low mortality risk to its users.

For more about the research, I suggest you check out the links provided earlier in this article. Research like this makes life much harder for marijuana opponents such as Kevin Sabet. I saw a tweet from Kevin Sabet yesterday stating that he talked one on one with the new Drug Czar, and that ‘legalizers will not like what he had to say’ in reference to marijuana reform supporters. Considering that marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol, a substance that I’m sure the Drug Czar and Kevin Sabet consume from time to time, maybe they should have been talking about a different topic? If they want America to be safer, they should be focusing their efforts elsewhere.

  • Doc Deadhead

    The haters will hate no matter what kind of TRUTH they are presented.

    Sabet gets paid to hate pot. Period.

    Looks like he might lose his money train as more FACTS like this appear, after all, how would want to give him money to hate something harmless?

    I have maintained the premise that pot is harmless and more studies like this are proof that pot is (damn near) harmless.

    Compare pot to anything and pot comes out ahead.

    Abuse eating Snickers bars and pot, which one will harm you more….Snickers

    Water can kill you if you drink too much, pot CAN NOT kill you.

    We have receptors in our bodies that “throttle” the THC so only the proper amounts can enter the blood stream. We do not have alcohol or opiate receptors in our bodies, that’s why those can kill you.

    If pot has NEVER killed anyone EVER, then it should be DE- SCHEDULED and classified as the safest recreational libation available..

    • wowFAD

      Eating raw potato skins is also lethal. The fiction they maintain relies entirely upon ignorance and misinformation. Thankfully, both of those can be overcome. Now that we’re in the Information Age, the truth is far more ubiquitous than guys like Kevin Sabet like to admit. Frankly, the “we need more research” line is complete BS. Comparatively speaking, cannabis has been the most highly studied plant for the last 50 years and they’ve yet to nail down any solid dangers or disadvantages to consuming it. Hell, they tried telling folks cannabis makes men grow breasts in the 1970s. They can’t sell a lie like that one in this day and age, given that every other person has a smartphone with internet access. These days, misinformation has a very short lifespan.

    • Jean Anne Lewis

      You said it all, man. :-)

    • We have opiate receptors. They can throttle breathing. That is why opiates kill.

  • 2buds4me

    “114 times less deadly than booze”

    Great line for a T-shirt

    • Sarijuana

      I like that! Woulda been better if it was 420X less deadly than alcohol!

      • 2buds4me

        lol – “420” = the number of pounds required to achieve LD50 (deadly) status / same as dropping a 1K bundle from a CIA plane and hitting you on the head.

  • Scott Rellim

    This is hilarious. I’ll bet if you searched, you can find an article from 1945 that states that marijuana is safer than previously thought.

    That goes to show you how much we’ve progressed, as a species. In the not too distant future when all of the benefits of this plant is common knowledge, people are going to look back at prohibition and wonder how the people of our times could be so stupid when the evidence has been in front of us for several decades. Of course, they will recognize corporate greed as a huge barrier to forward progress.

  • Nathaniel

    I have an idea: Seeing as tobacco holds very little, to zero, medicinal value, and marijuana is exceedingly safer to consume, we should trade schedulings.
    It would be an interesting experiment, no?

    • It is not well known but schizophrenics smoke the stuff like chimneys. I’m against banning tobacco.

      • Nathaniel

        If we lived in a perfect world all drugs would be legal.

        • Vytautaus

          yep people should be judged by their behavior not by what they consume.

    • brew

      I’d sign that petition.

  • Sinclair

    2 words. NO DUH……….

  • khh

    “Botticelli has said the federal government shouldn’t interfere with Washington D.C.’s move to legalize adult marijuana use, citing ‘home rule’.”

    http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/02/09/michael-botticelli-us-drug-czar/29431/

  • “Can’t study it; it’s illegal…can’t make it legal, hasn’t been studied enough!”

    • luke

      Onlyy reason pot is illegal is cozwe make our own tax free money out of it . End of tje day it grows naturally out of the ground and doesnt need to be mixed or cut with other crap. You can simply pull off a bid and smoke it. Its the tobacco that people use that makes them ill or gives you cancer not the weed. If just one doctor says it can help medicinally and another says its the lest harmful substance then that shoulb be the way everyone sees it

  • Cyndysub

    Has anyone else noticed how a lot of shows on TV and Movies now are featuring more and more scenes with people drinking hard liquor. I bet that the movie industry gets paid handsomely by the Alcohol Cartel in the U.S.

    • Christe Hatton Mihok

      I have… It makes people feel like its fine and a normal part of life.

      • Cyndysub

        It makes me want to change the channel and watch something else. Most people would really shocked to know what effects that alcohol actually haves on a molecular level in the human body. Check it out here at: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA72/AA72.htm