Marijuana and alcohol are two drugs that have had long histories. Since they are both classified as drugs, they’re often compared to one another although they still have many differences. They’re certainly very similar in terms of prohibition and legalization. For over a decade in the United States alcohol production, importation, distribution, and sale was banned until 1933. Now, only adults who are of age can purchase and consume alcohol. Marijuana is experiencing a similar prohibition now, as only 29 states have legalized medical marijuana and only eight states have legalized marijuana recreationally. Many advocates and lawmakers continue to fight the federal and state laws that prohibit the production and sale of marijuana. Another similarity between the two drugs is the mind-altering effects that occur because both are psychoactive. Although they affect the brain in very different ways, many can argue that both drugs cause the case of the giggles.

When it comes to the differences between marijuana and alcohol, there are many. The major difference between the drugs is the simple fact that excessive alcohol consumption kills. In the thousands of years of marijuana history, there have been zero reports of marijuana-related deaths. Alcohol on the other hand, is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States.