Sugar worse than pot? A new survey suggests that most Americans feel that way. Eating sugar, or too much of it, came in behind the wellbeing downsides of smoking a joint. So can a candy bar really be worse than marijuana?
According to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, a poll produced a surprising answer that shows many Americans are aware of the medical concerns over excess sugar in our diet, but not as concerned about the medical drawbacks of smoking up.
When Americans were asked their opinion on the most harmful of four substances, tobacco (49%) and alcohol (24%) came in first and second place, followed by sugar (15%) and marijuana. Only 8% said marijuana was the most harmful substance. – The Wall Street Journal
Health watchdogs have long been warning us about the effects of consuming too much sugar, which comes in many forms other than the white or brown refined powder in a bag. Corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, dextrose, fructose, galactose, etc. All sorts of sugar and sugar products are being consumed every day, with almost every meal we eat.
High fructose corn syrup in soda and processed foods are especially nasty. Sugars in its different forms can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, heart problems, kidney stress, and low-level inflammation that is at the core of most chronic diseases.
Marijuana has its own set of harmful effects as well however. According to drugabuse.gov, marijuana “affects brain development, and when it is used heavily by young people, its effects on thinking and memory may last a long time or even be permanent.” The site also links marijuana use to serious cardiopulmonary and mental health issues, such as "depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts among adolescents, and personality disturbances."
And of course, another effect of marijuana is the craving for munchies, many of which are high in sugar.
The Inquisitr says weed gets a bad rap because “most young people will only see the benefits of marijuana when it comes to partaking in the plant.”
The technical term for marijuana is cannabis, and it can be used for fuel, paper, food, rope, maps, clothes, nets, lace, soap, sails, shoes, plastics, explosives, caulking, fiberboard, paint, sealant, methanol, gasoline, bricks, charcoal, auto bodies, packing mass, lubricants, oil for lighting, oil for fuel, oil for lights, animal food, furniture, mats, varnish, lotions, ointments, lacquer, salad dressings, and many other commercial uses, which total to about 50,000. – The Inquisitr
The Wall Street Journal comments that “young adults in the poll said they are following the news about states legalizing marijuana more than news about Obamacare, the Ukraine or same-sex marriage.”
The poll was based on telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults over five days in early March. Certainly not a large sample size of the populace, but the answer is interesting. A poll of the medical community with this same question might carry more weight, but for now, it seems Americans are more concerned with a Milky Way than they are a Mary Jane.
Let’s hear from you. Do you believe sugar is worse than pot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.