one must acknowledge that in combination with other substances marijuana does not always work like that.
In combination, any drug doesn't have the exact same effect and can even be lethal.
Prascription drugs, for instance, are not to be taken together in combination with other drugs, because it could have devastating effects. This is far more important and dangerous than marijuana ever could. Marijuana is actually the least lethal. When one compares usage of marijuana with other drugs, it does not have the same lethal effects that alchohol or other drugs would when taken in combo, or taken too much.
Again, let me emphasize ANY drug taken in combination does not have the same effect, it has adverse effects and this is also true for marijuana but far less.
I do not agree. Marijuana makes people do stupid things just like alcohol. Seen that many times. I wouldn´t either drive when high either. Definately. Few puffs kick like six pack of beer. Nearly instantly.
Marijuana does not have the same effects on the behavior of people as alcohol would and this is because the neurobiochemical mechanisms of each drug are completely different. While alchohol can make one overly aggressive and emotional, marijuana does not have this effect, because its mechanism is different.
My reasoning is coming from the actual effects it has on the brain and interactions with heavy marijuana smokers, in school, in university and in social spheres.
Alcohols effect on coordination and reaction time is much much worse, than marijuana, because alchohol has a negative effect on the extra-pyramidal system of the neural pathways of the brain. This pathway is meant for the initiation and regulation or coordination of movement.
Some people can drink a bottle of vodka and appear sober.
There is physiological limit, however, to alcohol ingestion. It can be lethal. However, marijuana doesn't exihibit toxicity to the same level as alchohol does.
There are people who can control themselves under intoxication because they have developed this ability over years of intoxicating themselves and trying to maintain alertness but there is a limit to it.
Considering my first hand experiences with both substances it is clear to me that neither of those is safe when you need precision.
My whole point was the compare the two, because one is socially accepted and legal and the other is not.
A marijuana smoker can perform precise movements actually rather well and their coordination is effected, but much much less than people think, and orders of magnitude less than someone intoxicated with alchohol. Someone on alcohol can not even touch their nose, or walk in a straight line because alcohol has an adverse effect on the extrapyramidal system.
Try this out once for yourself; if its acceptable for you. Get drunk and try to ride a bicycle, you will crash if you become very drunk. Now get very high and ride a bicycle, you will be able to do it without a problem. The reason is because alchohol effects the extrapyrmaidal system. You will lack balance when drunk, but when intoxicated with marijuana you will have normal balance.
This is why i stated its far more safer to have marijuana users on the roads, than alchoholics, both ofcourse are wrong, but again we are comparing things because everything should be put into context.
I am in total agreement with this. I would add tobacco too because lethality-wise smoking is very, very dangerous. Comparable to heroin in overall mortality (of course over much longer time).
Yes, tobacco is probably the most dangerous drug and one of the most addictive. In my opinion, because of its social acceptability, it becomes far more dangerous than heroin or opium or cocaine or crack. It kills probably more than all other drugs combined.
On the other hand opium actually has a lot of medicinal properties, I know people who treat their diabetes (Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus [NIDDM] ) with opium in Iran, rather very well , but also bad physiological effects. Its chemical dependency is horrible.
Many times the social acceptability of drugs is what makes them far more lethal than they actually are, because of the improper usage. Just to give an example of proper usage, or rather improper, take NaCl (table salt) and eat it more than normal and you will have a wide range of physiological problems from heart problems to high blood pressure. Vitamin D, or any fat soluble vitamins if taken too much can have lethal consequences.
If anything is used improperly it can be bad for you and even lethal. Even accepted medicines.
When a drug becomes socially acceptable, it's effect on the society and people become much more.
Opium usage in Iran is very rampant and one of the reasons which most don't seem to mention is the social acceptability of this drug. In many regions in Iran this drug is socially acceptable, just like a glass of wine is acceptable in france. During weddings, for instance, they are offered. This ofcourse has adverse effect on the society with more addicts, trafficking and other social problems.