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Alcohol Vs. Marijuana: What Are The Dangers And Benefits?


Often people can become caught up in one aspect of a thing and forget to look at it from a different angle to discover more. This is often the case when it comes to controlled substances. Both alcohol and marijuana have been classified as drugs although one is legally accessible while the other, in many places, is not. Through this essay we can get a sense as to what the pros and cons of each one can be.

Alcohol has been a part of human history for many centuries. There have been eras when thriving cities could only thrive because of it. The process of fermentation made wine more safe to drink than water that might have come from polluted waterways. In a medical context, alcohol has been useful for the sterilization of instruments and also makes up a large portion of the hand sanitizers that many people use on a daily basis. Recreationally, many people enjoy a glass or two with a meal or when socializing to help them relax.

On the other hand, there are people who become dependent on alcohol and frequently drink to excess. They may underestimate the level of their drunkenness and end up driving which is a frequent cause of accidents. Lowered inhibitions from alcohol use may also encourage them to engage in risky behavior or even try harder drugs. Over time abuse of alcohol can result in cirrhosis of the liver and death.

Marijuana has been in use by humans for a long time as well. The leaves of the plant have an anesthetic effect that rivals many modern pharmaceuticals but with the only side effect being a mild sense of well-being which dissipates leaving the user feeling hungrier. This has implications for people who undergo medical treatments that make it hard for them to desire food. There has also been research into the use of cannabis to treat cancer.

The danger of marijuana use is that in some parts of the world it can get you jailed. For people who feel drowsy when under the influence, sleeping behind the wheel can also cause accidents. Aside from this, marijuana has not been responsible for the death of anyone as studies will show.

Both marijuana and alcohol have benefits when used properly. Over use of any substance, even food can be damaging but to make a plant illegal for one possible negative consequence is unfair to those who need it as medicine.

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