FEB 26, 2018 7:50 AM PST

Which is More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?


In most parts of the United States, alcohol is legal, and marijuana is not. While some states have laws that allow the medicinal use of pot for certain conditions, it remains a federal crime to grow, possess or use it. While some claim that cannabis is dangerous and results in brain damage, there is no similar outcry about alcohol, the dangers of which have been studied and known for years. A new study shows that many should be more worried about a few drinks rather than a few puffs.

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder looked at brain scans in previous research studies to see if there was a connection between marijuana use, alcohol use, and brain damage. There were a total of 853 study participants between 18 and 55 and 439 younger volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18. Patients that reported alcohol use was associated with a loss of grey matter volume in the brain. Also, white matter, which is the tissue through which electrical signals pass, was also negatively affected. In cannabis users, there was no such damage to the white or grey matter. It's important to note that because of federal regulations, it's nearly impossible to study marijuana use other than by using self-reported data which is not always accurate. The team in Colorado hope more research can be done to settle the question the impact of marijuana on the brain
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
APR 21, 2020
Plants & Animals
Male Silverback Gorilla Gets Rejected After Attempt to Impress Female
APR 21, 2020
Male Silverback Gorilla Gets Rejected After Attempt to Impress Female
Silverback gorillas are somewhat renowned for their powerful arms and legs. In many cases, males use their brute strengt ...
MAY 03, 2020
Space & Astronomy
These Contractors Will Develop Lunar Landers for NASA's Artemis Mission
MAY 03, 2020
These Contractors Will Develop Lunar Landers for NASA's Artemis Mission
NASA seems to be moving quickly to get the ball rolling for its lunar-centric initiative dubbed Artemis. The program aim ...
MAY 19, 2020
Space & Astronomy
The Science Behind Eclipses
MAY 19, 2020
The Science Behind Eclipses
A particularly convenient coincidence exists between the relative sizes of the Sun and the Moon, and their distance from ...
JUN 04, 2020
Earth & The Environment
COVID-19 Lockdown Leads to Decreases in Outdoor Air Pollution, but Increases in Indoor Air Pollution
JUN 04, 2020
COVID-19 Lockdown Leads to Decreases in Outdoor Air Pollution, but Increases in Indoor Air Pollution
With most of North America sheltering in place to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, it’s not surprising that ...
JUN 26, 2020
Drug Discovery & Development
Bacterial Virus May Treat and Prevent COVID-19 Infections
JUN 26, 2020
Bacterial Virus May Treat and Prevent COVID-19 Infections
Researchers say that a type of virus known to infect bacteria could be used to treat and prevent COVID-19 bacterial infe ...
JUL 07, 2020
Neuroscience
How Blindsight Helps Us Explain Consciousness
JUL 07, 2020
How Blindsight Helps Us Explain Consciousness
Blindsight is the phenomenon in which blind people can interact with their environments even though they can't see i ...
Loading Comments...