Thursday, February 26, 2015

Study Proves Marijuana is Safer than previously thought

I was reading Washington Post recently and I saw that they were looking at the Journal Scientific Reports.

One piece from the Washington Post article went like this:

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

It looks like marijuana is safer than we previously thought.

I guess we need a new safer shirt.

The Washington Post article went on to say

They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.

The article even said this:

And all the way at the bottom of the list? Weed — roughly 114 times less deadly than booze, according to the authors, who ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses.

I know a lot of people say "No Duh!" when they see a headline like "studies prove marijuana is safer" but they should look a little deeper and see that in the article:

These findings reinforce drug-safety rankings developed 10 years ago under a slightly different methodology. So in that respect, the study is more of a reaffirmation of previous findings than anything else.

So the article authors know this is a No-Duh! moment, and they point it out on the middle of their writing.

I really like the way the article ends but you'll have to go read it over on the Washington Post.


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