Alcohol and marijuana do NOT have "very similar effects on the body" although they are often used for roughly the same purposes, i.e. escape from reality and/or to boost the mood. They do it by quite different physiological means however.
Alcohol is a CNS depressant and reduces inhibitions - to the point of totally destroying normal judgment, resulting in all sorts of risky - even fatal - behavior. The abuse of alcohol can damage the brain and the liver and extremely high consumption over a very short period of time can cause death by alcohol poisoning. Sufficient alcohol consumption has been known to result in total loss of memory of actions during the later part of the intoxicated period (being "blackout drunk"). Alcohol has been linked to different types of cancer such as esophagus, pharynx, mouth, liver and colon. Illegal alcohol often contains such contaminants as heavy metals (from the solder used in the still), methanol (make you go blind), an ethylene glycol (aka antifreeze - makes it sweeter but poisons you).
THC (active ingredient in marijuana) affects almost every organ in your body, and your nervous system and immune system. While alcohol can slow your heartbeat, THC may increase it - which can cause heart attacks in people who already have heart problems. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, and affect blood sugar - which is one of the reasons it can stimulate appetite (giving people the "munchies"). Besides the expected high that makes one feel happy, relaxed, or detached from reality, consuming THC may also result in
Both alcohol and THC slow reaction times so driving under the influence of either one is dangerous.
Both alcohol and THC have been known to cause withdrawal symptoms in people who have been consuming them in significant quantities for a prolonged time - but the symptoms are quite different.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
THC withdrawal symptoms may include:
Having disposed of the fallacy that their effects on on the body are very similar, it is time to address the question of why they are regulated differently.
Both alcohol and THC (from pot) have negative and dangerous effects, but the USA threw in the towel on banning alcohol (and repealed the 18th Amendment) while later installing laws against pot.
Some of the reasons for making it illegal include:
Also, Alcoholic Beverages, mostly wine, are used in many religions (Christianity, Judaism etc.) and banning them will cause some serious religious opposition. Marijuana is only used in a few Native American ceremonies (sometimes that "peace pipe" had a little bit of something to make all concerned feel extra peaceful). Also marijuana or ganja (I'm Jamaican) was use in religions such as Rastafarians and such so I'm not sure why banning ganja is approved when alcohol is man-made and ganja is a natural herb.
Marijuana...and it should be legalized following similar laws like that of alcohol. Marijuana.
How are the effects of smokeing marijuana similar to those of smokeing tobacco?
Ecstacy, but it is illegal.
The effects of alcohol and barbiturates are similar, but alcohol is generally known as a depressant, not a barbiturate.
Marinol (dronabinol) is a prescription medication with effects similar to marijuana. It contains THC (the primary active component of cannabis).
Alcohol Detox programs are for Alcoholics. It is the abrupt end of alcohol consumption along with the substitution of cross-tolerant drugs that have similar effects to the effects of alcohol. This is the prevent Alcohol Withdrawal.
It is a synthetic drug similar to but not the same as marijuana. It is illegal in several US states.
Heroin is a downer. From observation of those who have taken it, it seems to have effects similar to alcohol, but more intense.
K2 is a mixture of herbs and flowers similar to potpourri that has been found to produce a sensation similar to smoking marijuana. It is NOT illegal as of this date, but there are propositions to make it illegal. There is also no test for it at this time, but if this mixture is made illegal, a screening test won't be far behind.
black mamba is a legal herb containing damaina produces similar effects to marijuana when smoked
yes it is very much similar to marijuana. in fact they put tiny bits of marijuana in it to be effective