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Survey Says Sugar is More Harmful Than Marijuana

A recent poll of 1,000 people conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows that Americans think sugar is more harmful than marijuana.

When asked, “Which of the following substances is the most harmful to a person’s overall health?” 49% answered, “Tobacco,” 24% said, “Alcohol,” 15% said, “Sugar,” and only 8% answered, “Marijuana.” Another 3% said that “All” were equally harmful and 1% said, “Not sure.”

The question, which was asked towards the end of a poll mostly interested in politics and political affiliations, has become a major concern in this country since the Center for Disease Control issued a report stating that 35.7% (more than a third) of the adults in this country are obese.

Sugar has no nutritional value, and its only real use is as a pleasure inducing substance – much like habit forming drugs. Scientists say that though a small percentage of people may be inclined to become addicted to sugar, the term “addict” has been replaced by “pathological obesity.”

Marijuana, on the other hand, is proving useful to treat a variety of health problems, including depression, epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, and diabetes.

So, which is worse, sugar or marijuana? The key to good health is moderation. Unfortunately, moderation is a skill that we, as a species, have yet to master.