Cannabis vs Alcohol

Let’s start by revealing a fact that is well-known to all of us – alcohol is legal and cannabis is not… yea, yea we all know that. Many of us also assume cannabis is healthier than alcohol, but can we really conclude that the herb has more positives than negatives? Can we be a 100% sure? Of course not, it is in our nature to get confused. Some media states that cannabis is bad, while other states that it is good. Some laws are decriminalized enough to allow people smoking, while other laws prohibit the consumption of the herb to all extend, and even execute if the rules have been disrespected. In this article we will see some of the good and some of the bad. It is in our best interest to view things as they are, and not be subjective.

Short-term Effects of Cannabis

The short-term effects of cannabis differ in different people, some experience certain effects while others not. Some of the short-term effects of cannabis include:

  • Panic (paranoia)
  • Anxiety
  • Poor conditions of movement
  • Feeling of sleepiness or depression after effect
  • Higher heartbeat
  • Less sensory effectiveness

Short-term Effects of Alcohol

Same goes for alcohol, some people experience the effects stronger than others!

  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Impaired judgment
  • Slurred speech
  • Diarrhea
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia
  • Blackout
  • Coma
  • Vomiting

Long-term Effects of Cannabis

Those effects only come after you have been smoking for a while.

  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Difficulties to memorize
  • Lack of motivation
  • Reduced resistance to common illnesses such as cold
  • Mood changes

Long-term Effects of Alcohol

If you have been drinking more than 3 or 4 a day, you most probably will at least experience high blood pressure.

  • High blood pressure
  • Sexual problems
  • Nerve damage
  • Permanent damage on the brain
  • Gastritis (stomach illness)
  • Mouth and throat cancer
  • Liver damage

Above we can see the most common short and long-term effects of cannabis and alcohol on the body. Currently many people would argue with the points showed above. The alcohol lovers would most likely reject what they are seeing but it is similar for the herb lovers as well. We should understand that drinking and smoking in excess is not healthy overall, but if we look at the two different substances, we can clearly conclude that alcohol is a bigger enemy when abused, than cannabis is.

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