Whether you're an evening smoker or swear by the healing powers of CBD, marijuana is becoming more and more available (and destigmatized) in the United States. So far, 33 states plus D.C. Legalizing marijuana in one way or another; Trump's Down for a Bill ; to hell, all from grandmothers to athletes frolicking.
So the question in all heads: Is Weed bad for you? "That depends," says Gary L. Wenk, a professor at Ohio State University who has written extensively on the effects of medical marijuana and teaches psychopharmacology.
Marijuana is a complicated topic. First, it is filled with hundreds of different cannabinoids, chemical compounds in the marijuana plant. Two big dicks: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana's psychoactive, mind-altering ingredient makes you high and CBD, also called cannabidiol, the vivacious, non-psychoactive ingredient of the plant, touted for its healing health benefits.
Both THC and CBD have been shown to have preliminary health benefits, Wenk says. However, different delivery mechanisms ̵
A typical example: Smoking is not very good for your lungs – period. And while CBD is promising when it comes to treating pain (a much-needed remedy between the opioid epidemic?), Wenk notes that his powers have been overstated.
Also, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance, which means it's hard to study.
In the coming years, more quality research will (hopefully) begin to fill in the blanks of what we do not know about marijuana . For now? Here is the good and the bad about what we know .