SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Marijuana is safer than alcohol, a new study finds.
Researchers compared seven illicit and licit drugs to see how much of each it would take to kill someone.
Alcohol came up as the deadliest, while marijuana was the only drug to fall into “low risk.” According to the researchers, marijuana is about 114 times less deadly than alcohol.
The other drugs involved in the study were heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. Only the danger of the substance was used to determine their findings. Researchers did not take any other factors into account.
“Much of the harm from drug use is not inherently related to consumption, but is heavily influenced by the environmental conditions of drug use,” the researchers stated in their study.
This study supported previous research. According to a 1988 Drug Enforcement Administration brief, it would take “20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette” to kill a person.”
“The results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past,” the researchers wrote in their study.
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and accounts for 31 percent of all driving fatalities.
Alaska recently legalized recreational marijuana. Alaska, along with Colorado and Washington, are the only three states to do so.
The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
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