6 Reasons You Should Pick Weed Over Booze
You work hard during the week; paying bills and taking care of responsibilities. Winding down after a long work week feels good. Having fun, relaxing and hanging out with your friends shouldn’t come with a headache and throwing up in a toilet. That’s why more people are turning to weed for their recreational substance of choice. Here are six reasons why you should ditch the alcohol and light it up instead.
According to the CDC, alcohol abuse is responsible for 88,000 deaths each year in the U.S between 2006 to 2010. Fatal car crashes, alcohol poisoning, drowning, falling and burns are just a handful of deadly accidents caused by excessive drinking. Add liver disease, strokes and heart disease to the list and it’s easy to see how bad alcohol can be for your health.
Current laws require retailers of weed to label the THC content on their products. This allows the user to properly measure the dose of weed they are ingesting, allowing you to get high safely. According to the CDC, fatal overdoses from marijuana is unlikely. However, you should take note that when driving; all substances that impairs judgement should be avoided.
THC is the compound that gives you the feeling of being “high”. According to a study done by The University of Illinois at Chicago, THC reduces stress when taken in low doses. Marijuana also helps your brain release dopamine (the chemical responsible for making you feel good.)
Alcohol on the other hand reduces stress as well but not without serious negative consequences. Cortisol, the chemical responsible for the pleasure reward system in our brains, contributes to the stress relieving effect of alcohol. Unfortunately, higher amounts of alcohol must be consumed every single time to keep getting stress relief from cortisol. This can lead to alcohol dependency and all its harmful side effects.
When you make the switch from alcohol to weed, you can say, “bye bye” to the days of an upset stomach, grueling headaches and ending the night with your arms wrapped around a toilet. Weed hangovers are far less common especially when smoking. Edibles are more potent so if you have a pressing matter in the morning, blaze up instead of chowing down.
Warning: if you or a friend ever experience symptoms that include seizures, vomiting, blue-pale skin, passing out to the point of unconsciousness, low body temperature and slow or irregular breathing call 911 immediately. These are signs of alcohol poisoning and quick medical attention could be the difference between life and death.
Did you know that cannabis contains inflammatory properties and antioxidants that are great for your skin? Cannabis can slow down the cruel hands of time thanks to its unique cocktail of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids naturally found in the plant. It can also help our aging brain. Studies have shown that CBD and THC has proven useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
The opposite is true when it comes to the way alcohol affects your skin. Below is a list of skin issues cause by too much drinking:
- Permanent redness
- Dehydration leading to dry skin
- Black heads
- White heads
- Premature wrinkles
- Loss of collagen
- Loss of elasticity
All these ugly results are due to the over consumption of booze. Beer being the number one skin destroying villain and red wine being the least.
How many smokers are upset enough to knock someone out? None.
They’re too busy laughing with their friends and coming up with the next genius plot to cure world hunger.
How many fights have you witnessed at the bar or after the club lets out for the night? Plenty.
Alcohol reduces your inhibition and the ability to make rational decisions. When someone angers us after a long night of drinking, one could be more likely to have a knee-jerk reaction. Situations that you would normally shrug off can lead to violent encounters.
A study conducted by the American Journal of Preventative medicine stated that young people who drink heavily are at risk of becoming obese when they get older. The body breaks down the alcohol you drink as acetate first. The bad news is that if you drank beer with pizza, breadsticks and a slice of cheesecake; all the calories from the food will burn last.
Marijuana users have a reputation for getting the munchies but according to a study conducted by the Journal of Epidemiology, even if cannabis increases appetite, “people using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis.”
There is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine every now and then or grabbing a cold beer to watch the game. Problems occur when frequent drinking turns into addiction. Enjoying marijuana as a stress reliever or a pick me up is the wise alternative. Your mental, physical and emotional health will thank you.