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Marijuana Prevents Brain Damage. Alcohol Causes Brain Damage. Which Should Be Illegal

Do you honestly think marijuana should be illegal?

In my honest opinion, I'm 100% for it being legalized. I will be honest though this is coming from a little bit of a biased person. I smoke a little bit and for me it has never had a negative impact on my life. I have the money to pay for it and my GPA went up from a 1.7 to a 3.9 after I started smoking. More likely than not that's just a coincidence because I have always been capable of good grades but I seemed to be more at peace with myself after I started. I would have no problem sitting down for a few hours listening to music and doing homework.

I just feel that everything in life that we do is looking for that "high". I mean think about it.... The feeling you have over a certain religion, or you get a new promotion and accomplish your life dream. Granted that high lasts longer, but who are people to tell you not to smoke? There are many things in life that are worse than smoking that are legal and yet the government and the people have this negative outlook on it because of all the propaganda they have heard.

Also, it would pretty much shut the drug cartel down overnight and would help our dragging economy immensely.

I'm open to everyone's opinion, but please back it up.

Which is most damaging to the teenage brain: alcohol, marijuana or cigarettes?

There are a number of ways to answer the question of how potentially damaging use of each of these drugs could be to the person’s life, but from a neuroscientific standpoint, there is a clear answer:Alcohol and cigarettes are significantly more damaging to any person’s brain because they have strong, chemical addictive potential. In terms of chemical addictiveness, marijuana is actually less addictive than caffeine or sugar. This is not to say that the experience of smoking marijuana as a teenager does not have the potential to be addictive for psycho-social reasons, but it has very low chemical addictive potential.Alcohol would likely be more damaging to the brain than cigarettes. Prolonged nicotine use is not really that dangerous — cigarettes are more of a health concern because of the damage to lungs/esophagus, and carcinogenic potential.So, in terms of damage specifically to the brain, including addictive potential:Alcohol > Cigarettes > MarijuanaFrom a more anecdotal standpoint, I think basically the same hierarchy applies more generally, for a person of any age. Alcohol not only affects the brain and is addictive, but can cause liver damage, is more costly, can cause social and relationship problems… etcCigarettes are also addictive, but don’t come with the same behavioral consequences as alcohol and don’t pose as immediate a health concern.Marijuana can impair judgment and can be addictive as a form of escapism, but, in my opinion, does not pose the same health threat as the others you have listed.

Is marijuana safer than alcohol? Why?

No sort of addiction is good. and that's true.Looking at the case of alcohol and marijuana comparison as the worst drug.1. Overdose: it is not possible to die from the overdose as for that you have to burn up to 1113 joint in a single day.2. Crime rates: Looking at the current crime rate graph, alcohol-based crime is soaring higher than the marijuana-related, mostly in drinking n drive related cases.3. Learning and memory: Alcohol hits hard when it's the question of how badly it affects a person’s learning and thinking capacity.People are known to forget whatever they had done in the state of heavy drinking, however, marijuana doesn't hit you hard in an instant.4. Violence rate: Heavy drinkers are known to engage in more violence than the non drinker as alcohol impairs a person’s thought process.5. Withdrawal: Alcohol withdrawal is known to be fatal, as it has symptoms includes anxiety, shakiness, sweating, vomiting, fast heart rate, and a mild fever.

Can it be argued that cannabis is less dangerous than alchohol?

Can it be argued that pillows are less dangerous than knives?  Alcohol works on humans by interfering with synapses in your brain, blocking effective transmission, leading from a slight interference ("buzz") to gross motor skill interference (falling down drunk).  It is a neurotoxin.  Alcohol also damages tissues in the digestive system.  It is associated with violence and substantial negative outcomes in the U.S., especially, with tens of thousands of deaths each year from consumption alone, not including deaths caused by drunken driving.Cannabis, on the other hand, works when its cannabinoids (there are over 60 of them, and only 1 is psychoactive, and only after it has been heated sufficiently) bond to our endogenous cannabinoid receptors.  Cannabinoids cause no organic tissue damage, and our bodies produce at least two forms (likely more) of them, endogenously (within the body).  The Endocannabinoid System regulates body temperature, digestion, mood, memory, perception, muscle tension and other elements of our autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems.Cannabis is not causally associated with violence in the U.S., though prohibitionists have long made that false claim.  While undoubtedly people die because of cannabis use, we have no evidence of anyone lethally overdosing (it is biologically impossible).  Last year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Bureau studied drug use and vehicle operator impairment.  In their conclusion they stated, essentially, that while they are sure there must be some relationship between cannabis use and impaired driving, their study as designed did not produce any such data (but it did for a whole bunch of other drugs that are less commonly-used than cannabis, and that one might think would enhance driving performance, like amphetamines).So to argue that cannabis is safer than alcohol only serves the purpose of trying to convince someone that the alcohol they do not fear is actually quite dangerous, relative to the cannabis they do.