Cannabis vs. Alcohol



This is a message to all the parents out there who would allow their children to drink alcohol but would hit the roof if they caught them smoking cannabis.

Now I’m not promoting to minors; of course I hold the view that cannabis should be enjoyed by those above a responsible age, once their brain has had a chance to develop in a natural way.  I, unlike most of my friends had my first joint when I was 16, then I didn’t start smoking again (except the odd spliff perhaps twice) until I got to university aged 18 and 3/4s.

Whilst at college when I’d turned 17 I began going out to night clubs pretty much every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  This was my way of ‘rebelling’, as before this point my parents had been quite strict so I hadn’t experienced getting off my face and stumbling home whatever time I wanted.  I’d regularly drink myself into a stupor, much as most people would when they started the clubbing phase of their life, coming home at three in the morning (seems so early compared to the raving years I enjoyed at uni), passing out and going to college the next day with a killer hangover.  I did this pretty much every week, and probably acted a prat more times than I could possibly remember due to being drunk.

Now once I got to university and discovered cannabis, I immediately changed as a person.  Changed for the better – I realised how powerful a drug alcohol is, and couldn’t believe that things like cannabis, and even MDMA were considered dangerous and bad when alcohol could be purchased anywhere and everywhere.  I began drinking less, until I stopped entirely in favour of smoking cannabis.  I’d even go out stoned rather than drinking.  I’d still enjoy a drink once in a while, but to this day I treat alcohol with the respect it deserves – I would never go out with the intention of getting so smashed I’d forget the night I’d just spent £70 on.

Cannabis is not on par with alcohol.  Nobody who has smoked it can honestly admit that.  I accept its not for everybody; I have friends who don’t smoke even though everybody around them is high all day every day.  But whoever can honestly criticize cannabis while sipping on a Carling needs to watch The Streets – The Irony of it All.

Now you’ve watched that, you may have an idea about the hypocrisy of classifying cannabis users as criminals whilst accepting alcohol as a part of society.

Nobody has ever died from cannabis – its physically impossible as you’d need to smoke 15 pounds of the stuff in as many minutes.

Alcohol on the other hand – I could go into Tescos right now and buy enough to kill me – a couple of crates would probably do it. Do you not see the irony of all of this?

And I used to think that the Government would not want cannabis legalised because they couldn’t tax it. Now I know that this is not the case – they could actually make enough to sort out a lot of the nations problems and stop budget cuts.

On top of this aside from the recreational side, cannabis is needed as a medicine by thousands of people in the UK who suffer the exact same illnesses that people in other countries would be prescribed it as a medicine for. Do you as a responsible adult, think that they should be denied their medication because our government cannot admit its failures and mistakes?

I am so happy that I use cannabis as my drug, rather than alcohol, which the general public need to start realising is also a drug. A pretty dangerous one at that. The only damage to society that I am causing is the direct result of the Government’s prohibition on cannabis, so I don’t feel that bad about it. The money I may be putting into the hands of organised criminals when I pick up my 8ths every few days could be generating sheds income for the government in taxes. Me, and the 6-or-so million other moderate to regular cannabis smokers in the UK. Think of the use that amount of money could do for the United Kingdom! Instead it all gets filtered away, un-taxed and used by criminals for god-knows-what.

So raise the debate with your parents and others who criticise cannabis, after all information is the key. With the arguments learned from this blog and the likes of Jason Reed and Cure Ukay you should be able to win any argument about the benefits vs. the harms of cannabis. After all, we’re fighting the logical side. Hopefully logic and reason will win over stupidity and tabloid misinformation as we become more forward-thinking as a Nation.

Keep Toking,

Nuff Said


  1. I’m not saying a for or against for marijuana,and defintatley there’s an arguement that alcohol is worse than many illegal Drugs.But lets at least use facts when you present an arguement rather than playground rumours.Your table at the top is complete fiction and is almost entirely wrong. makes a mockery of your whole arguement,.
    Just because some one says somehting doens’t make it true.
    1. ok.. may have a point, but at the ver leastmany people are behaviourally addicted to marijuana.
    2.antidepressent is not the opposite of depressent. marijuana is a stimulant.. and also a depressant.
    3.cures cancer? used for sympotm contorl maybe, btu cures? and who smokes weed without tobacco?
    4.Yeah ok you can’t relaly Od on marijuana– but if your gonna have deaths as a seperate point,that means all related deaths, of whcih i’m sure there are more for alcohol, but you’ve got to include people who’ve done stupid stuff (suchas driving) while stoned.
    5. Saves police and NHS – how exactly? and certainly cost NHS dues to those people who have psychiatric problems related to marijuana use ( ok many people will have no problems, but some do).
    6. Grows Brain cells, no-one can grow brain cells, once you’re born thats kind of it, you’ve got your lot, sure you can kill them but nothing gets them back.

    So please read a scince book, i can back up everything that i’ve said with research. Yeah marijuana may even have lss risks than alcohol, but it does have risks. Weigh up the risks and benefits and make you’re own mind up what to do. But don’t give people false information when the’re trying to make there mind up.

    • 1. Many people are ‘behaviourally addicted’ to sugar and caffeine. It doesn’t cause problems in their lives.
      3. (Rick Simpson – Run from the cure)
      4. Cannabis has never been directly responsible for a death. People just don’t die from using it. People do stupid things in their everyday lives, and also have accidents etc. Moderate Cannabis use is actually associated with safer drivers – see a recent study here –
      5. It will save BILLIONS due to people choosing it as an alternative to alcohol if it were legalised, and as the video above rightly points out, how much do alcohol-related incidents cost the NHS EVERY Weekend? Cannabis users are more likely to stay at home and chill, meaning less accidents, less cost to the NHS. Cannabis does not cause psychosis – it may have an effect on pre-existing symptoms in a very very tiny minority of people but the numbers are very slim, and those people could just choose to not use cannabis if it didn’t make them feel good.

      Thanks for your feedback, but I think it is you that needs to read up before you make your argument.

      Nuff Said

    • First of all you need to brush up on your facts relating Marijuana.

      1. Roughly 5% of the world’s “smoking” population is “psychologically addicted” to Marijuana. Those same 5% have addictive personalities, which means they can be addicted to anything, water, sports, sex.

      2. Marijuana stimulates Dopamine levels and forms an intricate part of the endocannabinoid system, this is basically like the “oil” to your “motor”. Helps things work good, some doctors even say it should be classified as a vegetable rather than a drug due to all the physiological benefits of the plant.

      3.Yes, clinical trials have shown that it does in deed cure cancer. What it does is instructs certain cancer cells to self destruct while promoting healthy cells.

      4.Statistically speaking people who drive stoned are much safer than those on the influence of alcohol, in fact, in places where marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized the collision statistics relating to automobiles dropped.

      5. It helps the police because it reduces income of drug cartels, which means that they have less money to buy guns, buy politicians and dirty cops. It saves the NHS due to the numerous diseases it can treat at the fraction of cost production. One drug to cure many diseases instead of many drugs curing only one. Think about it. Less money spent on drugs means it can go to other places. And psychological disorders, generally speaking those who “suffer” from psychiatric disorders have it before smoking marijuana. Marijuana generally acts a trigger to these people, but the fact was it was there prior to smoking. Also if you smoke indica it should counter act the psychiatric disorder due to CBD1’s and CBD2s which are neurocontrollers.

      6. On the contrary, recent research indicates that brain cell reparation is very possible with Marijuana. And this under a 70 year prohibition of the drug hindering further research.


      Please check your facts. The information isn’t false. Jamaican women give cannabis to their children and they have some of the healthiest babies in the world. None of the information that was posted here is false, unlike the responses that you have posted which sounds like re-hashed government propaganda.

      Marijuana will not kill you, it is beneficial to your body and mind. It reduces stress levels, it is food, it is building materials, ethanol and roughly 49996 other things as well. Do some research for God’s sake!

  2. I’m so glad there is a healthy debate happening here and the facts about cannabis are being told. It’s not uncommon for the Prohibitionist to come out with untruths when discussing cannabis, and usually those that paint cannabis in a bad way are hypocritical alcohol/tobacco consumers.

    I believe the question asked was ‘who smokes cannabis without tobacco?’ well let me tell you most of the world population does including me and my vaporiser. Unfortunately in the uk with the bias media the general public get no information regarding their health, unless it benefits pharmaceutical companies.