5 Household Items That Are More Dangerous Than Marijuana

Some opponents of marijuana dispute this, and may use it as the basis of their argument against legalization, but medical history has never shown a death caused by marijuana. The same can’t be said for the household items that you use on a daily basis. These goods are used to help around the house, so you might not be aware they are actually harmful. Some of these items can even be consumed, and they’re supposed to be consumed, so it’s hard to imagine that they’re also dangerous.

From 2009 to 2013, United States fire departments responded to approximately 9,300 home fires caused by candles. Household candles are meant to freshen the air and set the mood, but these fires have actually caused 86 deaths, 827 injuries, and $374 million in property damages. Every day on average, 25 home candle fires were reported. Nutmeg is another common household product that is harmful because it can be deadly if consumed in large doses. Although nutmeg is a spice mostly used in desserts, it is also a hallucinogenic that can lead to a state of “Nutmeg Psychosis,” where the consumer feels agitated or even a “sense of doom.”


A cannabis-derived drug will be tested in the UK as a treatment for two lesser-known symptoms of Alzheimer's disease: aggressive behavior and agitation. Alzheimer's disease is best known for the way it erodes a person's memory. However, roughly half of the 850,000 Alzheimer patients in the UK also experience emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as feelings of agitation and aggression.

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