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Researchers: Marijuana May Be Safer Than Previously Thought

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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.

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