If you listened to the mainstream media, you’d probably think marijuana is the worst drug around:
Well, that might not be the case. According to a new study by a team of international researchers:
“The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” the report reads. “At least for the endpoint of mortality, the [margin of exposure] for THC/cannabis in both individual and population-based assessments would be above safety thresholds (e.g. 100 for data based on animal experiments). In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.”
As the Washington Post reported, this study’s results aren’t terribly new or surprising. “The estimated fatal dose [of THC, the primary active compound in marijuana] in humans derived from animal studies is between 15 and 70 grams. This is a far greater amount of cannabis that even a very heavy cannabis user could use in a day,” Hall wrote last year.
Their findings show that marijuana is 114 times safer to consume than alcohol, despite what we hear in popular media every day. Part of the reason is the carcinogenic nature of alcohol.
Alcohol, no matter the type, is a class A1 carcinogen. It’s confirmed to cause cancer in humans. Marijuana on the other hand is not.
“Currently, the MOE results point to risk management prioritization towards alcohol and tobacco rather than illicit drugs,” the researchers wrote“The high MOE values of cannabis, which are in a low-risk range, suggest a strict legal regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach.”
Marijuana advocates everywhere are welcoming this study. It’s one more piece of research that chips away at the long-held beliefs about the safety of marijuana that the anti crowd hold dear.
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