Alcohol Vs Marijuana Research Paper

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Michael Wallman Professor Scott English Composition 008 February 10, 2013 Compare and Contrast Alcohol and Marijuana If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have also been made to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is a “gateway” to harder drugs. People are also convinced that people who use marijuana are losers who sit on the couch all day doing nothing. To say that marijuana has been given a bad rap over the past few decades is an understatement. So, lets wipe the slate clean and start over. Forget everything you have heard in the past and be open minded about marijuana. This is not…show more content…
Although alcohol is legal, it does not mean that it is better for you. There are arguments going both ways where people suggest that marijuana should be legal because alcohol is more deadly, while there are alcoholics that would say smoking weed is bad for you. Both substances are bad for your health and should not be used heavily by anyone. Marijuana has an immediate effect on the user, which last for about two hours after smoking. A person drinking alcohol may start to feel the effects after just one drink, and recover depending on how much the person drank, body weight, and how much they may have had to eat before drinking. The immediate effects of alcohol are slurred speech, decreased inhibitions, poor judgment, and lack of motor coordination. Marijuana causes red eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite, slowed reaction, paranoia, decreased social inhibitions, and in some cases, hallucinations. Drinking large quantities of alcohol can lead to coma and even death. A person would have to smoke about forty thousand times the amount to get high, or twice their body weight, to overdose, so it is almost…show more content…
While marijuana comes from the earth and is natural, man makes alcohol. Some would say the alcohol is worse for you because it is man made. On the other hand, moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and greater longevity. Marijuana has also never been linked to cause lung cancer, unlike tobacco. So the question remains to how long marijuana will be illegal, or if it will ever be legalized. While neither should be abused, it seems that either alcohol or marijuana, although illegal, when used in moderation, are ok. While treatments for cancer by marijuana are becoming more common, and areas around the United States grow it and conduct studies to determine its medical uses, it might be only a matter of time until it is

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