Until recently, all anti-drug advertisements wanted us to believe that pot was a threat. Some were based on exaggeration or blatant lies about its effects. Other advertisements showed erroneous behavior to associate this behavior with cannabis users. However the films were shot, the mission was to make cannabis appear as a threat and a waste of time.
However, these anti-drug campaigns have not paid as much attention to alcohol. Admittedly, there have been campaigns against alcoholism for decades and the issue is not completely ignored by the public. However, most alcohol advertisements present images of parties and adventures. No mention is made of surgeons who, like their smoking counterparts, get soaked during an operation. No, just a simple "drink responsibly" at the end of every party ad.
Until recently, the media had convinced most people that grass is much more dangerous. But what does science say about it? If we look at the facts, we find that grass is safer than alcohol in many ways. Here are the top ten reasons why:
NUMBER OF DEATH VICTIMS
We don't want to start with the dark side, but one of the biggest indicators of danger is the number of deaths. Harmful alcohol consumption has killed more than 3 million people worldwide in 2016 , including victims of alcohol poisoning, people who have developed cancer and strokes as a result of alcohol consumption, and many others. In comparison, the number of deaths from marijuana is a big 0. Of course, there are people who drive when they are high and cause car accidents, but there are many more drunk drivers.
According to Alcoholism Solutions, nearly 50,000 American patients are diagnosed with alcohol poisoning every year. In the UK, the situation is also bad, with under-age hospital visits for alcohol poisoning increasing by 20% per year over the last eight years.
Although not a current statistic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that in the United States, during the years 2011-2012, six people died every day from alcohol poisoning. Do you know how many people died of a marijuana overdose during this period, or not at all? Spell it out: ZERO. You would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints (15 to 70 grams of pure THC) to do this. We wish you good luck trying this.
Liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, epilepsy, ischemic heart disease - all these diseases and many more can be attributed to excessive and long-term alcohol consumption. Marijuana also brings its share of problems, but it is mainly limited to lung problems (especially when used in combination with tobacco) and, in particularly severe cases, psychotic episodes. But hardly anyone reaches this threshold. Moreover, psychotic episodes are also a risk with alcohol consumption! On the whole, the risks associated with alcohol consumption outweigh the most serious ones.
VIOLENCE AND INJURY RATES
We don't know anything about you, but when we smoke, we simply don't have the energy or the momentum to commit violent crimes. It seems that others would agree.
A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that longstanding weed use was rarely associated with injury from attacks. On the contrary, research has shown that 36%  of attacks in hospitals and 21% of all injuries were alcohol-related. With so many hospital visits associated with a particular drug, it is time to stop calling it "safer".
EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN
While many of you may assume (through public perception) that marijuana is the brain killer of both, it is surprising that it is not. In fact, according to Dr Gary L. Wenk in an article for Psychology Today, the opposite is true!
He cites research from the Scripps Research Institute, according to which warring drinkers - even after they stop drinking - lose much of their neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells). In contrast, recent studies have shown that stimulation of cannabinoid receptors activates neurogenesis.
The advantage of grass over alcohol is that it helps some people. In addition to the many people who use cannabis for general therapeutic reasons, people suffering from chronic pain and nausea in areas where medical use is legal are often prescribed cannabis or cannabinoid therapies. When was the last time a doctor prescribed whisky (after the 1870s)? I agree.
FEAR AND DEPRESSION
Although excessive cannabis use can aggravate these problems, many patients suffering from anxiety disorders or depression find relief in medical marijuana. Research in this area is indeed underdeveloped and cannabis is rarely prescribed for mental health problems. However, this has not prevented people from treating themselves with different ratios of THC and CBD.
The CBD, in particular, is studied for its anti-anxiety potential. In one study, patients suffering from social phobia were given CBD prior to a simulated public speech, and the cannabinoid was found to significantly reduce subjective anxiety.
When it comes to alcohol, things look rather bleak. Alcohol is known to depress the central nervous system, and chronic drinking is linked to a wide variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and many others.
Yes, many grass smokers are hungry when they are fat and feel what we call cravings. However, contrary to expectations, cannabis users tend to be at the lower end of the body mass index spectrum. You can therefore throw the stereotype of the "lazy stoner" out the window.
Alcohol, on the other hand, naturally contains calories and no usable nutrients. In particular, drinking alcohol leads to higher levels of fat tissue  and therefore higher rates of obesity.
As noted above, alcohol can cause many types of cancer. Although cannabis is not currently considered a treatment for cancer per se, it has long been used to relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy and other unpleasant physiological symptoms associated with the disease.
Interestingly, several preliminary studies show that cannabinoids slow down the growth of cancer cells in vitro and/or cause their death. However, this treatment is far from being considered useful. Nevertheless, given the extremely harmful effects of alcohol, the fact that cannabis has potential in this area is positive.
Alcohol has for some time been linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. A recent study scientifically supports this hypothesis. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, revealed that "the effects of alcohol on phagocytosis may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease".
And what about cannabis? Well, preclinical studies have shown that low levels of THC reduce the production of beta-amyloid proteins, which are a key factor in Alzheimer's disease. It is important to note that here again it is far too early to consider cannabis as a treatment for the disease. But these results, as well as other studies highlighting the potential neuroprotective properties of cannabis, show that cannabis is indeed versatile in its effects.