5 Ways Marijuana Is Better For You Than Alcohol

While marijuana continues to become more legalized in the United States and across the world, more studies are revealing new information about the drug. This research is slowly breaking a number of marijuana misconceptions and myths that were once told to scare people. First for example, the fact that marijuana is a gateway drug may very well be true, but there’s no actual evidence to support such a claim. With this new flow of information, more people are accepting marijuana; so much that they’re making a shift from alcohol to marijuana because they are finding that there are a number of reasons why the plant is actually better for you than alcohol.

First, when consuming marijuana, you cannot overdose like you can drinking alcohol, which many times does lead to fatal overdoses. Just looking at numbers alone, there has never been a single reported case of someone dying from a marijuana overdose. According to the National Cancer Institute, it’s actually impossible to overdose on marijuana, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” Plus, unlike alcohol, marijuana is used as a medicine to treat a number of illnesses including cancer, so it’s certainly more healthful than a number of substances.

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As medical marijuana continues to gain ground across the US, more and more colleges are adding cannabis to their curriculum. In fact, more than half of America's pharmaceutical schools (62 percent) now teach students about medical marijuana according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy. "With more states legalizing medical marijuana, student pharmacists must be prepared to effectively care for their patients who may use medical marijuana alone or in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications," the study's authors wrote.