So, we had to ask...Cannabis vs. Alcohol: Which One is Better for You? Here we present both sides of the debate so you can decide for yourself:
OverdoseIn most cases, drinking alcohol is not life-threatening. However, when people consume too much alcohol, it can be fatal. The CDC reports that nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year. And binge drinking accounted for about half of these deaths.
In comparison, the number of deaths caused by cannabis is almost zero. A study found that a fatal dose of TCH, the potent chemical in cannabis, would be between 15 and 70 grams. To give you an idea of how much cannabis that is, consider that a typical joint contains about half a gram of cannabis. That means that you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose. That’s a lot of joints.
Crime RatesWhen it comes to what substance will put someone at risk for getting hurt or hurting others, alcohol is considered to cause the most harm.
A study on cannabis use and domestic violence found that couples who used cannabis had lower rates of violence in the first 9 years of marriage. In fact, men who used cannabis were the least likely to commit an act of violence against a spouse.
Learning and MemoryWhen you drink heavily it can impair your ability to create new memories. Over 50% of frequent binge drinkers reported at least one time in the past year when they blacked out and forgot where they were or what they did when they were drinking.
Along the lines of memory, recent studies have shown that adolescents who smoke cannabis may be at greater risk for problems with memory and learning later in life. The studies remain inconclusive about how much cannabis use causes impairments of learning and memory.
So the question remains, cannabis or alcohol? What side are you on? Perhaps we can shift our thinking and instead of taking sides, we can all agree that both alcohol and cannabis have their risks. The overall take-home message may be to be smart and stay safe when choosing to consume either substance! Check out our San Francisco Dispensary Menu for all our products.