Compared with alcohol and tobacco, cannabis may be even safer than previously thought. Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports in a study. Marijuana is also the only “drug” in the study that posed a low mortality risk to its users.
The updated study was called: Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach.
Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.
Cannabis was found to be 114 times less deadly than alcohol according to the research which ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses.
In the U.S. strangely, alcohol and nicotine are not classified under the Controlled Substances Act, the cornerstone of the country’s drug policy, despite being found to be so much more deadly than marijuana.