Cannabis is better for you than alcohol. Simply, it is easier on your body and your brain. While typically no one is forced to choose between the two – lets just pretend for a second that you do. For one reason or another, say that you have to pick just one, alcohol or weed. Here are our favorite reasons to try cannabis instead of alcohol.
Cannabis is Non-Toxic
By now we all know the death toll caused by marijuana. 0. A big fat goose egg. Not one single death has resulted due to the overuse of cannabis. It isn’t really possible to overconsume flower. The amount of cannabis needed to trigger an overdose is an impossible amount. In fact, according to Business Insider, “a fatal dose of marijuana would require ingestion of fifteen hundred pounds in fifteen minutes,” which seems to be quite out of the realm of possibility. Take comfort in the fact that no matter how high you might feel when you go to bed, you ARE going to wake up. Conversely, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
“An estimated 88,0008 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.”
Smoking, Vaping and Dabbing Cannabis is Calorie Free
If you’re trying to get fit, you know that drinking alcohol comes with an intake of empty calories. Those easily avoidable calories may not seem like much per serving but over time they add up. A shot of whiskey is 70 calories, but if you have a whiskey and coke that extra soda intake puts you closer to 200 calories depending on the size of the beverage you order. However, smoking cannabis, vaping or dabbing doesn’t add anything to your daily caloric intake. The only time cannabis is going to affect your calorie count is when consuming an edible.
Pot Doesn’t Deplete Body Resources
Cannabis has long been considered a cure-all, healing what ails you, from stomach aches and other surface issues to some claiming it cured their cancer. In contrast, alcohol drains you. It depresses your central nervous system, dehydrates you and depletes your body of its nutrients. It has a total lack of nutritional value and while robbing your body of its B vitamins and Magnesium it can also deteriorate your stomach lining and intestinal lining, making further absorption of vitamins into the bloodstream difficult if not, eventually, impossible. We aren’t saying this is going to happen if you have a few drinks a week but the phrase “everything in moderation” when applied to alcohol will really save you some issues with vitamin deficiencies.
It Won’t Give You A Hangover
Because Alcohol saps your body of its water you get a NASTY headache (caused by alcohol expanding your blood vessels), alongside a host of other symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hangover can produce
“Fatigue and weakness
Headaches and muscle aches
Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
Poor or decreased sleep
Increased sensitivity to light and sound
Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
Decreased ability to concentrate
Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability
Much of this can be avoided by consuming one glass of water per alcoholic drink consumed, but because alcohol increases urine production you are still looking at potential dehydration.
It’s a Non-Addictive Substance
Cannabis is non-addictive, unlike alcohol. While some will contend there is a mental addiction to using cannabis, there are no physical side effects of discontinuing recreational cannabis use. Time may pass a little more slowly, life may be a little less relaxing at the end of the day but you’re not going to go into the shakes and sweats because you don’t smoke a little marijuana. Alcohol, on the other hand, is an incredibly addictive substance. So much so, that when someone can’t stop drinking alcohol, an alcoholic, it is often referred to as a disease. Linked to the same category as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more, alcoholism is serious and affects not only the alcoholic but everyone that is a part of that person’s life as well.