Even Sugar Is More Harmful Than Marijuana
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Even Sugar Is More Harmful Than Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on March 13, 2014 at 05:16:20 PT
By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post  
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- Of all the vices a person can indulge in, which is the least bad for your health? According to a new survey from NBC News/The Wall Street Journal, Americans believe that marijuana is the most benign -- in fact, many believe it's even less harmful than sugar. Those surveyed were asked which substance "is the most harmful to a person's overall health": marijuana, sugar, tobacco or alcohol? Forty-nine percent of respondents said that tobacco was the most dangerous. Alcohol came in at 24 percent, followed by sugar at 15 percent. Only 8 percent of those surveyed said marijuana was the most dangerous.
High alcohol consumption is indeed linked with a number of grave health problems, including heart disease, liver disease, a weakened immune system and elevated risks of developing cancer. There are also about 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States.Similarly, there's a laundry list of well-documented adverse health effects related to tobacco use, which harms nearly every organ in the body and causes the deaths of nearly 480,000 people in the U.S. annually.But perhaps what's most surprising is that Americans think sugar poses a greater health risk than a drug that the federal government classifies among "the most dangerous" substances available, alongside heroin and LSD.On the other hand, considering the health effects associated with, say, drinking a lot of soda -- which can lead to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and ultimately heart disease, stroke and even death -- Americans may be onto something here.Sugar, an additive to many kinds of food and drink, is difficult to avoid. The American Heart Association recommends that women get no more than 100 of their daily calories from added sugars, while for men the upper limit is 150 calories. However, for many people around the world, added sugars are contributing an additional 500 calories a day.Sugary sodas can be so dangerous, doctors say that soda intake should be limited to less than one can of soda per day.And what about marijuana? The drug is not without some health risks. Excessive use can lead to respiratory discomfort (although the drug itself does not impair lung function). Among people prone to the development of psychosis, research has shown that smoking pot can lead to an earlier onset of the disorder. And there's understandable concern about adolescent marijuana use and its effects on the developing brain.Still, in at least 10,000 years of human consumption, there have been no documented deaths as a result of marijuana overdose. It only takes 10 times the recommended serving of alcohol to lead to death, a recreational drug study from American Scientist found. By contrast, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying, according to a 1988 ruling from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Meanwhile, a number of studies in recent years have demonstrated the medical potential of pot. Purified forms of cannabis can be effective at attacking some forms of aggressive cancer. Marijuana use has also been tied to better blood sugar control, and may help slow the spread of HIV. Legalization of the plant for medical purposes may even lead to lower suicide rates."Anyone who takes a truly objective look at the evidence surrounding these substances could not possibly arrive at any other conclusion," Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told The Huffington Post. "The public's understanding of marijuana is more in line with the facts than ever before. Marijuana is not entirely harmless, but there is no longer any doubt that it poses far less harm to the consumer than many of the legal products engrained in American culture."Source: Huffington Post (NY)	Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post Published: March 12, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by afterburner on March 14, 2014 at 11:35:58 PT
Good News for WA State MMJ Patients
The long legislative nightmare is over. The legislative session is finished. All pending anti-MMJ bills are dead. Ding-dong!
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on March 14, 2014 at 05:28:32 PT
Hope #4&5
The battle rages. Just one more very important reason why we cannot let Washington State or D.C. bury whole plant medical cannabis with faux legalization or CBD-only ignorance.Bob Marley video - Wake Up and Live in Santa Barbara, 1979
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on March 13, 2014 at 09:56:35 PT
Tear down those troughs, 
Mr. Commissioner!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on March 13, 2014 at 09:52:25 PT
This really lights my torch.
Does medical marijuana equal bad parenting?
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on March 13, 2014 at 09:20:29 PT
In case you could not decipher my typewriter's 
poor spelling?BasilicaBeseechI hope this helps?
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on March 13, 2014 at 09:13:21 PT
Fear and loathing on the campaign trail!
Will I be committed to trough feeding or positive change? Frankly I'd rather stay retired. My Wife and I are enjoying life so much these days, however, While the cat's away the rats do play and I happen to be a real hep-cat so here I come!My wife is excited about having more money to put into her animal rescue orginization "Shelter Friends". At this stage in my life I have aquired everything I need and have had much that I did not need. I find the whole material persuit "thing" lacking in real gradification. I want to slay the dragon at the very least!Of course dragons are not interested in monetary wealth either but around here they can be hard on our fair damsels!So, I bade you all farewell as I was wisked off to spend two dreadful years in a cage. Today I bid you , not ado, but today I beseach you all to light your torches and storm the Bisslica with me! [metaphorically]"No time for losers, we aare the champions of the world"
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on March 13, 2014 at 07:57:13 PT
Hey thanks Matt!
You are getting (some of) the message I've been trying to drive home for 20 years, it now seems it's hit the Huffpo!Kudos! How about some common sense? (less propaganda)Now let's finally understand the link to Nazi-ism, thank you! Read below:
Legalize it, end race purification!
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