From famous musicians to a former president, here are the best quotes on why weed is better than alcohol.
Weed or alcohol: which is the ultimate vice? Cannabis advocates have long compared alcohol’s legal status to cannabis’ prohibition to challenge those who point the finger at weed with the same hand they use to lift a pint of beer. And at least in terms of potential addiction and overdose deaths, they’re right—cannabis is unequivocally the better (see “safer”) substance.
But personal health is far from the only reason why one might choose cannabis over alcohol as the ultimate recreational substance. This isn’t to say that recreational substances are necessary, or even a good idea to use. But merely that there are plenty of reasons why—if you’re going to insist on using recreational substances at all—you should consider making cannabis your vice of choice. Don’t just take it from me, either.
Here are seven quotes from notable people who believe that that weed is better than alcohol.
1. Bob Marley compares the societal impacts of cannabis and alcohol.
Bob Marley has about a thousand and one great quotes about cannabis. His love, use, and advocacy of cannabis are the stuff of legend. Marley was never afraid to make his feelings for cannabis clear to the public. But few Marley quotes about cannabis are as pithy and memorable as this one, when he blatantly states his belief that weed is better than alcohol.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
2. Former president Barrack Obama discloses his feelings about cannabis.
In an interview by the New Yorker’s David Remnick, then-president Barrack Obama revealed his feelings about cannabis use. Although Obama remains measured and relatively conservative in his response, this quote represents a dramatic shift from the days when a president would not even admit to “inhaling” cannabis during their early experimental years at University.
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” said Obama. When Remnick pushed further, asking if Obama thought cannabis consumption was less dangerous than alcohol, Obama responded with, ”in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
3. Louis Armstrong puzzles over cannabis’ second-class treatment next to alcohol.
Famed jazz musician Louis Armstrong has gone down in history for his chops on the trumpet, towering musical talent, and one-of-a-kind voice. But he also inadvertently made a small imprint on cannabis history, too, by disclosing his feelings about the plant to a world still decades away from any sort of recreational legalization.
“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics… dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey—it’s an assistant—a friend.”
4. Jack Herer gives advice on using cannabis to extend your life.
This famous author and cannabis advocate may be most well known for his cannabis strain namesake, Jack Herer. Among the most popular cannabis strains in the world, Jack Herer’s place in history—both the person and the strain—is well deserved. Herer (the person) once gave his opinion on cannabis’ ability to extend one’s life, if it’s used to replace other popular recreational substances.
“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add 8 to 24 years to your life.”
5. David Schmader, author and former editor of The Stranger newspaper weighs in on his drug of choice.
David Schmader used to preside over Seattle’s popular alternative newspaper, The Stranger. In 2016, Schmader also wrote the well-received book “Weed: The User’s Guide: A 21st Century Handbook for Enjoying Marijuana.” So it’s not surprising that he believes weed is better than alcohol. His reasoning?
“The main reason I prefer weed over booze is the reliability and duration of weed’s effects…With booze, you’re always either on the road to getting drunker or sobering up.”
— David Schmader
6. Nick Offerman gives praise to cannabis.
Most might recognize Nick Offerman for his role in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. But Offerman isn’t only an actor. He’s also the author of three books, including Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living and most recently, Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop. He’s also unequivocal in his love for cannabis.
“Marijuana is quite possibly the finest of intoxicants. It has been scientifically proven, for decades, to be much less harmful to the body than alcohol when used on a regular basis (Google “Science”).”
7. Ruben Baler, a health scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, compares the dangers of weed and alcohol.
If you don’t trust the opinions of a bunch of famous people with no medical training saying why they think weed is better than alcoho,l you could always listen to Ruben Baler, a health scientist at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As a federal research institute in the United States with a mission “to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health,” you could do worse than to listen to one of their scientists. While Baler does not say he supports or recommends cannabis, he at least gives insight into the contrasting potential health consequences of consuming too much alcohol versus cannabis in his interview with Huffington Post.
“You can die binge drinking five minutes after you’ve been exposed to alcohol. That isn’t going to happen with marijuana.”