It seems that the long-held popular belief that marijuana is safer than alcohol and any other recreational drug, legal or illegal, is true.

And it’s not just true: it’s true to an overwhelming extent.

A recent study published in Scientific Reports shows that alcohol is more deadly than heroin or cocaine (and is, in fact, the most high-risk of all recreational drugs), while marijuana is the least risky recreational substance “by a wide margin.”

Cannabis is actually 114 times less deadly than alcohol, which is, for those who might need a reminder, completely legal for adults ages 21 and older. Cannabis was also the only drug in the study that posed a low risk of death; the study also included heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.

The graph really says it all:


It would seem marijuana is a far cry from the “deadly menace” it has been portrayed as in the past. As The Daily Dot points out, marijuana’s continued classification as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA, in the same category as heroin, defies all logic and is in direct contradiction to actual empirical evidence.