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Marijuana vs. alcohol vs. tobacco: Study says weed nowhere near as deadly as believed

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:56PM EST
Marijuana vs. Alcohol vs. Tobacco: Study

A new study published in the Scientific Reports journal reveals that marijuana is 114 times less deadly than alcohol, being the least deadly among the seven drugs researchers looked at. Alcohol was found to be the deadliest drug, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines and marijuana.

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To determine the mortality risk, The Verge reports that the researchers compared a lethal dose of each substance and the amount typically used, finding that marijuana is the only “low mortality risk” drug tested, with others classified either “medium” or “high.”

Researchers further suggested that law enforcement would be better off trying to keep alcohol and tobacco in check rather than hunting down marijuana users, and that marijuana should be regulated considering the very low risk it poses.

The study does not say that moderate use of alcohol is more dangerous than regular heroin use, researchers also revealed. The study is meant to measure the deadliness of each of the aforementioned substances and compare the findings.

An image showing a ratio comparison between toxic dose and typical human intake for these drugs, follows below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

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