Grain alcohol in its various forms has been in use for about 10,000 years. That’s as long as a certain other type of alcohol, also enjoyed by people worldwide. Both alcohols have been used as medicine, sacred ritual drink, and euphoric recreational relaxant since the time of their discovery. But one type of alcohol is legal in all 50 states and almost every country on earth. The other, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is regarded by the U.S. government as legal in no states and almost no countries.
Why? There are probably almost as many answers as there are roaches in Cheech’s ashtray. Racism is definitely at the root, though most folks don’t even know it. The American people have been systematically brainwashed into believing cannabis is a dangerous narcotic. It’s a matter of historical record that prohibition of cannabis can be directly linked to government’s animus toward minorities: the Chinese, Mexicans, and “Negro jazz” musicians of yesteryear. (Cannabis wasn’t even popular among the Chinese, but they used opium. And that was close enough for the racists of a century ago.) By linking these groups to their substance of choice, they could then ban the people by banning the substance.
And this information is slowly becoming public knowledge. As more Americans learn of the systematic attacks, they begin to question the status quo.
If everyone could grow their own medicine and social relaxant, then who would make all the money off it? It would be a catastrophe — for everyone but the people.
The failed “War on Drugs” has lined the pockets of everyone on both sides of the coin. Black-market drug dealers have been able to charge obscene amounts for what literally grows like a weed. They can live a lavish lifestyle while paying no taxes. The judicial system, police departments, DEA, and privately owned prisons make a killing from the prosecution of distributors and consumers. Politicians have built entire careers on being tough on drugs and crime, playing on our collective fears of “drugs and drug dealers” as inherently evil (booze, cigarettes, and liquor stores are OK, for some nonsensical reason). Big Pharma rakes in uncountable millions and aims to have its products in every medicine chest, forever.
All these actors are ultimately financed by hard-working taxpayers. In addition, Big Booze, the makers and purveyors of adult beverages, are also heavily invested in “weeding out the competition”.
Death: the ultimate killer rush
Alcohol is deadly. The CDC reports more than 2,200 deaths due to alcohol poisoning in the U.S. each year. That equals approximately six people every day. And that figure does not include drunk driving fatalities and other accidents, or death from the various diseases alcohol causes. Add those in, and the number soars to over 2.5 million deaths every year. In America alone.
As for cannabis, since the beginning of history there have been exactly zero recorded deaths due to overdose of the herb. ZERO. Advantage herb.
Tequila makes your clothes fall off. Inhibitions may be greatly reduced when consuming alcohol, especially hard liquor. Tequila and wild behavior, whisky and brawling, rum and piracy. They go together.
Cannabis — not so much. Instead, there’s a notable reduction in violent tendencies. A heightened sense of humor, an ability to focus on the mundane for hours at a time, and munchies. But folks don’t take a toke and lose the ABILITY to stand up; maybe just the DESIRE to stand up. That’s a crucial difference. Advantage herb.
Hooked on herb?
There’s a sad reason why Alcoholics Anonymous is the successful organization that it is: addiction. Too many folks can no longer have “just one” drink, due to the addictive nature of their bodies and alcohol. Almost everyone at some point has been touched by a life ruined by drink.
Cannabis addiction in the sense of heroin, alcohol, or crack addiction is a myth. People seldom polish off their last doobie and then go rob a store or hock granny’s silverware to buy more. There appears to be a small possibility of psychological dependence, a mental habituation. Physical withdrawal symptoms are exceedingly rare. If they do show up, they are usually mild: headache and general grouchiness. But the symptoms soon pass and are generally less troublesome than withdrawal from caffeine. Advantage herb.
Alcohol addiction and/or abuse can destroy your largest internal organ, among other things. Cancer and cirrhosis of the liver are two common fatal conditions that habitual heavy alcohol consumption causes. Also, stomach cancer, kidney disease, obesity, and other conditions can be just as life-threatening.
Cannabis, on the other hand, causes none of these issues. If smoked, it can irritate breathing passages and deposit some tar. But, surprisingly, it’s not carcinogenic or damaging to lung function. And if one ingests it orally, any pulmonary side effects are eliminated, while its efficacy is greatly improved. It can even be a factor in weight loss, despite those munchies. Advantage herb.
Alcohol can cause muscle loss. It has been suggested that having a beer after a workout associates the work with a reward, so one is more likely to make exercising a habit. However, that beer can lower testosterone levels. Worse yet, it contains maltose, the most treacherous of the belly-bulging simple carbohydrates.
Take a toke instead. Preliminary findings show that the cannabis high and runner’s high are the same thing. If you reward yourself after a workout, you’ll be more likely to continue coming back. Also, there is evidence that cannabis — particularly the alcohol molecule called CBD (cannabidiol) — can help lead to weight moderation, helping to keep weight in check whether you’re undersized or oversized. Advantage herb.
Hangovers. Need we say more? OK: That dehydrated, queasy, headachey feeling that follows a night of binge drinking…cannabis doesn’t do that. A little extra grogginess, maybe, but that’s about it. Advantage herb.
Alcohol from fermentation has been used for pain relief for centuries. But unless one drinks nearly to unconsciousness, alcohol is just mediocre as a pain reliever. It is an effective antiseptic; although the patient won’t like it, neither will the microbes.
For pain relief — especially chronic pain — no medicine known is better than cannabis. The smoking method of delivery is good for certain kinds of pain in some patients and provides more immediate relief. Consumption of herb in oils, butters, or tinctures is excellent for long-term relief, carrying none of the horrendous side effects of opioids. Distinct advantage herb.
Many thousands of people have found making their own medibles in a MagicalButter machine is a great way to substitute the safe alcohols in cannabis (the cannabinoids) for the deadly and addictive alcohol found in adult beverages. The trends today are away from smoking and drinking to relax and socialize, and more toward healthier options like vaping and ingestion. Eating cannabis also greatly lengthens and intensifies the desired effects, making for a pleasant, convenient, and economical night out. No need to worry about smoke, smell, a hefty bar tab — or becoming a drunk-driving statistic. Advantage YOU.
Legislators, other bureaucrats, and influential medical professionals need to get informed. They need to recognize that cannabis enjoyment is surging as a safe, viable, adult alternative, not some new scourge on society. They need to understand it’s a way to replace opioid painkillers. It’s an option people are choosing instead of drinking for fun and relaxation. Then, perhaps we will see an end to the massively flawed, juvenile argument: “Alcohol and tobacco and pills are already bad enough; we shouldn’t ADD ANOTHER dangerous drug to the mix.” (Psssst! We’re adults. It’s mild stuff. And it’s already here to stay. So, get over it. Or, get into it.)
There is one way that the alcohol in booze beats the alcohols in cannabis, for now: Ethanol is legal in all 50 states. Sure, there may be some dry towns and counties (where, instead of mainstream beer and liquor, people drink moonshine). “Still”, for the most part, no matter where you are, you can buy booze if you’re over 21. It’s called freedom of choice for adults to control their own bodies. Perfectly sensible and moral, even if it is addictive and deadly.
Yet, in half the states you can’t get a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis, despite the growing empirical evidence demonstrating its effectiveness for all manner of ailments. Because the status quo says the lethal type of alcohol is fine, but we still have to fight for the right to enjoy the non-lethal type, the beneficial cannabinoids found in herb.
This is your brain on alcohol. Any questions — about the status quo?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amber Boone considers writing the cornerstone of communication. She interviews MMA (mixed martial arts) athletes for CombatPress.com and opines on MMA at FightItOut.com. She’s passionate about helping folks tell their stories and making the world a better place, which includes working to win the freedom of Americans to partake of the herb. When not writing or playing beach volleyball, she can be found at her day job — for now. Follow Amber on Twitter @thruthetrees11.
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