Alcohol or cannabis? Science has finally revealed which one is more harmful

If you’ve ever wondered whether booze or weed is worse for your health, it appears that science finally has the answer.

There are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked.

A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis isn’t as bad for you as alcohol is.

More than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2014 – not including drinking-related accidents or homicides – while there have been zero documented deaths from marijuana use alone.
According to the World Health Organisation, booze is thought to contribute to 3.3 million deaths across the globe each year which, soberingly, equates to one person dying every 10 seconds.  more

Can CBD oil help your pain or anxiety? What you need to know about the latest health craze

We’re in the midst of a CBD craze.

Cannabidiol — CBD — is a compound in the marijuana plant with purported medical benefits but very little (0.3 percent or less) THC, the plant’s psychoactive ingredient.

In other words, it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

Dozens of online companies sell it as a supplement. And it can be found in everything from cosmetics to bottled water to coffee. You can pick it up it in health food stores and smoke shops — even in states like New Jersey, where non-medical pot isn’t legal.

The most common reason for using CBD oil is to alleviate anxiety and depression, said Martin A. Lee, director of the nonprofit cannabis research group Project CBD and author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana.”  more