National Institute on Drug Abuse Doesn’t Believe Marijuana Is Less Toxic than Alcohol – I Call “BS” [POLL]
I’ve never heard the term “marijuana muscles” used before. Nor have I ever known anyone to put on too much weight after having smoked a few “j’s” like you probably add a few pounds consuming a few beers.
(Unless you get a severe case of the muchies!)
So when you bring up the topic of toxicity of alcohol vs. marijuana, I’d have to say alcohol wins that battle. (Or loses it, depending on your preference.)
And I think by “toxicity!”, we can assume that there’s a direct correlation between consuming too much of the one substance to cause death.
Has anyone ever died from smoking too many “j’s” in one sitting?
Marijuana supporters are wondering what have the people at the The National Institute on Drug Abuse been smoking.
NIDA released a statement refuting a claim in a recent ad produced by the Marijuana Policy Project that described pot as being “less toxic” than alcohol.
“Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possess their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual,” the agency, which is part of the National Institute of Health, wrote.
Not surprisingly, the Marijuana Policy Project quickly fired back, calling NIDA’s statement “preposterous.”
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports no marijuana-use-only deaths each year and there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history,” Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Daily News in an email. “It reports tens of thousands of people die from alcohol use alone each year and hundreds die from acute overdose.”
The dust up was taken up by PolitiFact, who tried to shed light on whether pot was indeed less toxic than booze.
Citing statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the group noted that there were 41,682 deaths attributed to alcohol in 2010, while marijuana was not listed as the cause of death in a single case.
Still, toxicity is itself not limited to whether it causes death, and PolitiFact spoke with Dr. Richard Gable, who conducted an eight-year study on recreational drug use, whose results would also seem to side with the Marijuana Policy Project’s claims.
“No drug is good for teenagers,” Gable said, “but when it comes to the chances of immediate death by chemical toxicity, marijuana is about a hundred times less toxic than alcohol or cocaine.”
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This is not to say that consuming too much marijuana won’t lead to risky behavior. You and I know that it can as it does impair judgement.
Again, have you ever heard anyone dying from o’d’ing on too much pot?
The quick answer – no!