So What if its Recreational?
Alcohol has been a part of the history of the United States from its inception. From our Founding Fathers to today’s newest 21-year-old, drinking alcohol for pleasure is a commonality. It would be interesting to see how legalizing marijuana would compare to the anticipation of someone’s first drinking experience. When compared side by side, you may be surprised to see how marijuana and alcohol differ.
Marijuanas Effects vs Alcohols Effects
The side effects of marijuana are minimal and include:
Relaxation and the ability to unwind
Increased appetite (the munchies)
Euphoria and slight confusion (being high)
Temporary short-term memory loss
Compare these side effects to those of alcohol, which include:
Loss of coordination and inability to walk properly
Nausea and vomiting
Blacking out (loss of memory)
Binge-drinking is defined as consuming several alcoholic drinks in a short time period for the purpose of getting drunk. Between 2006 and 2010 there were 88,000 reported deaths from over-excess of alcohol. While alcohol poisoning is very real and potentially deadly, none of those worries exist with marijuana. In all of history, there has never been a report of someone overdosing on marijuana and dying.
The truth is that alcohol is more dangerous to the brain than marijuana. If the country were to put the same emphasis on marijuana as it does alcohol, what would happen?