How addictive are each, what harm do they do to your body, and are there any benefits?
One is illegal and one isn’t.
But the health issues relating to cannabis and alcohol is a rarely touched upon topic.
Alcohol is a huge part of British culture – and while heading to the pub is waning as the national pastime, that can be attributed to rising drinks prices and, in some areas, the smoking ban.
In contrast, many people frown on illegal drug use.
But the evidence suggests the overall effects of alcohol on individuals and society could be far more harmful than cannabis.
Here’s what researchers found out:
How cannabis can harm the body
Many people believe both alcohol and cannabis do them little harm, but experts say both can pose serious risks.
The potential long-term effects of regular cannabis use include impaired memory and attention, damaged or diseased lungs and airways, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The NHS also highlights the increased risk of psychotic illness from cannabis use and potential links to fertility problems, as well as other illnesses if smoked with tobacco.
How alcohol can harm the body
Alcohol has been linked to a far higher number of potential health problems than cannabis, reports the Hull Daily Mail.
These include seven types of cancer to strokes, nervous system damage, heart disease, liver disease and brain damage, according to the NHS.
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