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The mantra of the pro-legalization effort has been ‘marijuana is safer than alcohol.’ And while there is definitely some truth to this, it doesn’t mean that it’s 100% safe (especially with kids). In other words, cannabis is only safer depending on how and why people use it.
If someone abuses cannabis,
it is not necessarily safer than alcohol.
Furthermore, science is still learning a lot about cannabis and there is a lot of conflicting information out there. For example, some reports show that cannabis use is linked to abnormalities in the gray matter of adolescents (American Psychological Association 2014, The Brown University Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology Update); and yet, The Journal of Neuroscience found that cannabis use does not seem to be related to differences in our gray matter.
Additionally, the context must be taken into consideration. We’ve seen reports about cannabis being associated with higher dropout rates in school. But does that mean that cannabis directly causes the higher dropout rates? Probably not, as the studies cannot take into account the complexity of life. Make sense?