Cannabis more dangerous?

Is cannabis more dangerous than alcohol?


Marijuana is a relatively safe drug - with some risks

Marijuana is a relatively safe drug — with some risks There are no documented deaths from a marijuana overdose, but that doesn't mean pot is harmless.

"The main risk of cannabis is losing control of your cannabis intake," Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at New York University's Marron Institute, said. "That's going to have consequences in terms of the amount of time you spend not fully functional. When that's hours per day times years, that's bad."

Jon Caulkins, a drug policy expert at Carnegie Mellon University, put it another way: "At some level, we know that spending more than half of your waking hours intoxicated for years and years on end is not increasing the likelihood that you'll win a Pulitzer Prize or discover the cure for cancer."

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Cannabis has 'more lasting effect on teenage brains than alcohol'

"Cannabis 'more harmful than alcohol' for teen brains," reports BBC News.

Canadian researchers investigated the links between alcohol and cannabis use and performance on various tests of brain function in 3,826 school pupils over 4 years, starting at age 12 to 13. They found teens who used cannabis performed less well, especially in tests of memory and impulse control.

The researchers said teenagers with worse memory and impulse control were more likely than other teens to use alcohol and cannabis.

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