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How would society be influenced if cannabis was the main legal recreational drug? A recent YouGov Poll revealed that roughly 1 in 4 people in America believes that if people smoked more marijuana than they drank alcohol, it would be generally “better”.

When  presented with the question “Would it be good or bad if the average American drank less alcohol and used more marijuana?,” 27% of respondents replied “good” and 20% replied “bad.” Roughly 38% of the public, however, believed that it would be neither.

RELATED: Americans Are Choosing Marijuana Over Alcohol

Obviously, the younger the demographic of voters, the more in favor they were of the idea that “more cannabis consumption over alcohol consumption” would be good. But this question brings us to today’s Ganja Theory: Would cannabis have a net benefit if it was the main legal drug of consumption for recreational purposes? In other words, if cannabis was as commonly consumed as alcohol, would society receive a net benefit?

Health-wise, More Weed Would Be Better
When comparing alcohol and cannabis it is obvious that cannabis is the “less harmful” of the two substances. First, unlike alcohol, you cannot induce a lethal overdose with cannabis. The LD-50 of cannabis, when it was tested, is said to be anywhere between 1:20,000 and 1:50,000 which means that you’d have to consume an inhumane amount of cannabis to induce a lethal dose.

The LD-50 rating is a system used to indicate toxicity of a drug in where when administered a dose 50% of the test animals die. When this happens, the LD-50 of a particular drug is established. According to Drug Policy Facts, when it comes to weed:

At present, it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

Compared to alcohol which places an LD-50 at about 13 shots where 1 shot = 45ml (40% AVB). In other words, a little over a half a liter of spirits could kill you, or at least theoretically this is where 50% of test subjects would have a lethal dose.

Not to mention, the general toll alcohol has on the body is quite extensive.

Here’s a short list of illnesses that could only come from excessive alcohol consumption:

Alcohol use disorder, also known as alcoholism
Alcoholic polyneuropathy (disease of the peripheral nerves)
Alcoholic myopathy (disease of muscle tissue)
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (heart disease)
Alcoholic gastritis (stomach inflammation)
Alcoholic liver disease
Alcohol-induced pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation)
Fetal alcohol syndrome (birth defects)
And compare this to cannabis:

Cannabis Use Disorder (maybe)

Sure, I could list some other potentials, but none of the other elements on the list of the CDC can be claimed to come from cannabis alone. However, when it comes to the alcohol related illnesses, there is extensive research on the matter. Perhaps, more conditions might arise over time, but for now the list is quite short of verifiable side effects.

Simply put, when comparing the health impact of consuming alcohol versus the health impact of consuming cannabis, there will be a net benefit to society because cannabis is not only less dangerous as a substance, it also has a lower chance of forming addictive behavior.

Driving

While no one is arguing that cannabis and driving don’t mix, the two are different. Those driving stoned out of their mind tend to (on average) drive slower, while drunk drivers tend to speed and drive more recklessly.

RELATED: More Than 40% Of People Admit To Doing This While Using Weed Or Alcohol

Recent studies also showed that while crash rates spiked in some states that legalized cannabis, that only those who combined alcohol and cannabis posed a statistical threat.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

Crash rates spiked with the legalization of recreational marijuana use and retail sales in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and another by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) show.

However, the preliminary results of a separate IIHS study of injured drivers who visited emergency rooms in California, Colorado and Oregon showed that drivers who used marijuana alone were no more likely to be involved in crashes than drivers who hadn’t used the drug.  

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