When compared to other recreational drugs and substances, researchers are discovering that marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. This has also led to new evidence that the effects of alcohol abuse have been seriously underestimated.
These are the findings of recent research published in the Journal of Scientific Reports. In the study, researchers set out to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used drugs. The researchers found that alcohol was even deadlier than heroin. In fact, at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance of all, with heroin a distant second and cocaine even further back in third.
Way down at the bottom of the list is marijuana. Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to researchers. Cannabis was also the only drug of those studied that posed a low mortality risk to its users.
Marijuana opponents are quick to fire back, pointing out there are a number of risks associated with marijuana use. With psychosis being the new anti-pot buzz word, most of the risks involve mental health issues that have an increasing rate when the user starts young and with a high frequency.