Perhaps More Importantly, Cannabis Is Both Safer And Potentially Less Addictive Than Benzodiazepines And Other Pharmaceuticals That Have Been Evaluated As Substitutes For Alcohol.” Survey Data From States Where Medical Cannabis Has Long Been Legally Available Frequently Report Declines In Alcohol Consumption.

The company estimated that beer sales could decline by as much as $2 billion if cannabis was legal nationwide. Questions concerning whether cannabis typically acts as a substitute or as a complement to alcohol remain ongoing. But a 2014 literature  review  published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism indicates that the weight of the available evidence supports the former theory – particularly among young adults. Authors concluded: “While more research and improved study designs are needed to better identify the extent and impact of cannabis substitution on those affected by AUD (alcohol use disorder), cannabis does appear to be a potential substitute for alcohol. Perhaps more importantly, cannabis is both safer and potentially less addictive than benzodiazepines and other pharmaceuticals that have been evaluated as substitutes for alcohol.” Survey data from states where medical cannabis has long been legally available frequently report declines in alcohol consumption. For instance, a 2011 patient survey from California  reported  that those qualified to access medicinal cannabis used alcohol at rates that were “significantly lower” than those of the general public. More recently, a  study  published this year in the Journal of Psychopharmacology reported that over 40 percent of state-registered medical marijuana patients acknowledged reducing their alcohol intake after initiating cannabis therapy. Polling  data  finds that most Americans, and  those  between the ages 18 to 40 in particular, now believe that cannabis is far less harmful to health than alcohol. Their belief is supported by the  relevant science . For example, alcohol possesses a dependence liability that is nearly twice that of cannabis, is a far greater contributor to traffic accidents, and is capable of causing organ failure and even death by overdose. According to a 2011  study  comparing the physical, psychological, and social impact of the two substances: “A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to [individual] users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society). … As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment to cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol.” The fact that the legal marijuana market may pose potential challenges for the alcohol beverage industry is medical marijuana hardly going unnoticed.

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