Cannabis and caffeine: Which of these is widespread and causes death with overuse? You probably guessed cannabis, but you would be wrong.
There are a lot of ways that both caffeine and cannabis can be used in the healthcare world, but which one is safer, and how do they compare? Let’s explore some of the possibilities.
Facts about Caffeine
Caffeine is, of course, legal. However, that doesn’t make it safe. There are a lot of drugs out there that are legal but have some serious side effects. Most people consider caffeine food. It’s found in soda, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and chocolate.
But caffeine is also used as a drug in appetite suppressants, diuretics, and headache medications.
A little-known fact about caffeine is that an overdose is possible and can cause death. It takes about 3200 milligrams of caffeine to cause and overdose that could lead to death.
That is the equivalent of less than nine energy drinks. The death count for caffeine overdose is just a few per year officially. However, many scientists believe that quite a few deaths ruled to be heart attacks in people of younger ages could be caffeine overdoses.
Facts about Cannabis
Cannabis is illegal in most US states. It is legal for recreational use in just four states, and medical purposes either in natural form or through derivatives in 18 states.
As cannabis gains popularity and becomes more legal for use, facts about consumption and abuse can be compiled.
Meanwhile, in its illegal states, it is extremely difficult to compile data about how many people use the drug, and how frequently.
It is clear, however, that cannabis has a zero death rate. There are no known cases of fatality or overdose from marijuana in recorded history.
The drug is relatively safe, although it can have some side effects. Side effects are more common with people who consume edibles or those who are novices to the substance.
Caffeine is a diuretic, which means that it flushes your system. It can cause diarrhea and frequent urination, and cause dehydration.
For those wanting to lose weight, these side effects can be desired yet harmful. Cannabis is the opposite.
It helps gain appetite, which is helpful for cancer patients and those with digestive issues. It also can calm an upset stomach, while caffeine irritates the stomach.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means that it keeps you awake. Consuming mass amounts of caffeine can make it difficult or impossible to sleep. For those who have trouble sleeping too much, this can be the desired effect.
But this represents a small portion of the population. For most, caffeine inhibits good sleep, which can affect mental health and clarity. On the other hand, cannabis produces a relaxing effect.
Many people who have previously relied on sleep aids such as Ambien have had great success with using cannabis before bedtime, without the dangerous side effects.
Many people believe that caffeine reduces headaches. This is just untrue. Headaches are frequently caused by a lack of caffeine because we consume so much of it.
This is why it is included in headache medicines. Cannabis relaxes the muscles and slows reflexes, allowing headache tension to dissipate naturally.