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

Depression’s Upside

The Victorians had many names for depression, and Charles Darwin used them all. There were his “fits” brought on by “excitements,” “flurries” leading to an “uncomfortable palpitation of the heart” and “air fatigues” that triggered his “head symptoms.” In one particularly pitiful letter, written to a specialist in “psychological medicine,” he confessed to “extreme spasmodic daily and nightly flatulence” and “hysterical crying” whenever Emma, his devoted wife, left him alone.

While there has been endless speculation about Darwin’s mysterious ailment — his symptoms have been attributed to everything from lactose intolerance to Chagas disease — Darwin himself was most troubled by his recurring mental problems. His depression left him “not able to do anything one day out of three,” choking on his “bitter mortification.” He despaired of the weakness of mind that ran in his family. “The ‘race is for the strong,’ ” Darwin wrote. “I shall probably do little more but be content to admire the strides others made in Science.”  more