A new study has revealed that alcohol harms the brain more than cannabis.
Cannabis has been blamed for years for users’ mental health and the drug is often blamed for being a ‘gateway’ to other drugs.
But a new study has confirmed that drinking alcohol is worse for you in the long run than cannabis as it effects the grey matter in the brain.
The study, conducted by University of Colorado, Boulder and Oregon Health and Science University was published in the journal ‘Addiction’.
It showed that “No associations were observed between structural measures and past 30-day cannabis use in adults or adolescents.”
It found that higher alcohol rates were responsible for diminished grey matter, the part of the brain that is associated with intelligence – hence, a very important cerebral part.
This is not the first study of it’s kind, in 2004 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a study of the effects of alcoholism on the brain and found that “male and female alcoholics both showed significantly greater brain shrinkage than those not suffering from alcoholism.”
Cannabis use is often attributed to teens dropping out of high school and college, and is often associated with ‘laziness’.
These claims were also debunked by the study, which found – “We found that adolescents who started using cannabis at 17 or older performed equally well as adolescents who did not use cannabis.”
Grey matter depletion in some cannabis smokers was found, but only correlated with individuals who had smoked tobacco heavily since youth.