Alcohol vs Cannabis


Child Proofing Medical Marijuana

When I became a medical marijuana patient, I started keeping my medicine locked away in this little box.

It’s funny because I never kept opiates or benzos locked up and those medications were deadly.  But, even though no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose, I lock it away from the kids.

Them I read a comparative risk analysis that said cannabis is 114 times safer than alcohol.

That got me thinking.  I used to have a wine fridge right next to where my son plays video games.  I don’t drink much and so it was always well stocked.  There within arm’s reach sat enough alcohol to kill my entire family.

A comparative risk analysis conducted in 2015, concluded that cannabis is 114 times less deadly than alcohol.

Alcohol Kills

There was no lock on my wine fridge and we know for sure that alcohol kills.

The worst part is how many kids try alcohol. A study found that 58% of US high school seniors have tried alcohol, and 35% of high school seniors have tried marijuana (that’s why I’ll be keeping the lockbox for another decade at least).

Disturbing Alcohol Statistics

Alcohol overdoses kill 88,000 people in the US every year, yet in most homes, alcohol is easily accessible, yet cannabis is illegal?

READ:  Medical Marijuana Patients Rights


Only 1 out of 15 parents does this!

I wondered how other parents addressed this dilemma.   Was everyone’s alcohol locked away?

Research shows that alcohol accessibility is a big problem.  In fact, this study found that only 1 out of 15 parents actually stores alcohol securely.

Storing alcohol next to where kids play is completely socially acceptable, even if it’s deadly.  But my non-lethal marijuana is safely locked away.  Interesting?

I’m not saying everyone needs to toss out their wine, but I am suggesting we secure it a little better.


READ: The Most Important Thing To Teach Kids About Cannabis

Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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