At the weekend, a cocktail or two with my cannabis is how I like to unwind. I’m not overdoing it with either mind you, I am a responsible drinker and smoker, always. But sometimes, for one reason or another, you’ll have to pick just one – alcohol or cannabis. In those cases, here are five reasons you should use cannabis instead of alcohol.
It Is Non-Toxic
Cannabis overdoses recorded in history…0. Not a single death has resulted due to the overuse of cannabis – because it is not possible. The amount of cannabis needed to trigger an overdose is an impossible amount for anyone to consider consuming. In fact, according to Business Insider, “a fatal dose of marijuana would require ingestion of fifteen hundred pounds in fifteen minutes,” which does seem to be out of the realm of possibility. So take comfort in the fact that no matter how high you might feel when you go to bed, you ARE going to wake up. Conversely, alcohol is a leading cause of death in Canada and caused 5,082 deaths in the country in 2015.
There Are No Calories (except with edibles)
There are entire schools of thought on genuinely mixing cannabis with your workout. But if you’re trying to get fit, you know that drinking alcohol comes with an intake of empty calories. Those (avoidable) calories may not seem like much per beverage but they add up. One Molson Canadian has 148 calories and 16 grams of fat. A shot of whiskey is 70 calories, but if you have a whiskey and coke that extra soda intake puts you closer to 200 calories depending on the size of the beverage you order. However, smoking cannabis, vaping or dabbing doesn’t add anything to your daily caloric intake. The only time cannabis is going to affect your calorie count is when consuming an edible.
It Doesn’t Deplete Body’s Resources
Cannabis has long been considered a cure-all, healing what ails you, from stomach aches and other surface issues to some claiming it cured their cancer. In contrast, alcohol drains you. It depresses your central nervous system, dehydrates you and depletes your body of its nutrients. It has a total lack of nutritional value and while robbing your body of its B vitamins and Magnesium it can also deteriorate your stomach lining and intestinal lining, making further absorption of vitamins into the bloodstream difficult if not, eventually, impossible. We aren’t saying this is going to happen if you have a few drinks a week but the phrase “everything in moderation” when applied to alcohol will really save you some issues with vitamin deficiencies.
It Won’t Give You A Hangover
Because Alcohol saps your body of its water you get a NASTY headache (caused by alcohol expanding your blood vessels), alongside a host of other symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, a hangover can produce
“Fatigue and weakness
Headaches and muscle aches
Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
Poor or decreased sleep
Increased sensitivity to light and sound
Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
Decreased ability to concentrate
Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability
Much of this can be avoided by consuming one glass of water per alcoholic drink consumed, but because alcohol increases urine production you are still looking at potential dehydration.
It’s Non-Addictive Substance
Cannabis is non-addictive, unlike alcohol. While some will contend there is a mental addiction to using cannabis, there are no physical side effects of discontinuing recreational cannabis use. Time may pass a little more slowly, life may be a little less relaxing at the end of the day but you’re not going to go into the shakes and sweats because you don’t smoke a little marijuana. Alcohol, on the other hand, is an incredibly addictive substance. So much so, that when someone can’t stop drinking alcohol, an alcoholic, it is often referred to as a disease. Linked to the same category as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more, alcoholism is serious and affects not only the alcoholic but everyone that is a part of that person’s life as well.