The Truth Behind Caffeine And Marijuana Essay

760 Words Oct 20th, 2015 4 Pages
The Truth Behind Caffeine and Marijuana
Across America, coffee shops and convenience stores sell millions of cups of caffeine, a legal and seemingly safe stimulant, every day. Marijuana, on the other hand, only recently became legal for four of the fifty states within the country. Most people immediately believe that because these states belong to the minority, they should not have legalized this drug, and because all states consider caffeine a legal, then caffeine must serve as an acceptable stimulant for people of all ages. Caffeine has more damaging overall effects than marijuana due to the popularity, addictive properties, and undiagnosed deaths associated with this stimulant. “Caffeine is the most commonly used mood-altering drug in the world,” according to a study done by the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University. In the study, the group states “It is estimated that in North America between 80 and 90 percent of adults and children habitually consume caffeine.” The prevalence of caffeine serves as a reminder that this drug affects not only a small group of users, but in fact nearly the entire continent. Marijuana, on the other hand, remains significantly less popular. According to a government survey done in 2012, “18.9 million Americans 12 or older (7.3%) had used marijuana in the prior month” (Motel, 1). The effects of caffeine spread across not only a larger portion, but also a wider age range than marijuana, exposing children and adults…

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