Monday, May 28, 2018

New study out asserts that cannabis is less harmful than either cigarettes or alcohol

We have already seen a number of studies which are proving that cannabis is not only not a Gateway drug, but in fact may be instrumental in helping individuals addicted to harder narcotics kick those substances.  But in a new study out on May 27 compiled using data from the UN and World Health Organization, it also appears that cannabis is far less harmful than the legal drugs of tobacco and alcohol.

A new review of global substance use data has shown that alcohol and tobacco are far more harmful than all illicit drugs. The study, Global Statistics on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use: 2017 Status Report, published in the journal Addiction, compiles data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime as well as the World Health Organization to evaluate the effects of addictive substances on well-being and overall life expectancy. 
Among all addictive substances, tobacco was found to have the most detrimental effect, largely due to the higher rate of consumption around the world with just over 15 percent of the global population being smokers. Second on the list was alcohol with one-fifth of adults reporting heavy drinking at least once in the last month. - Herb

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