In recent years, smoking marijuana has become more and more accepted. Many states in the U.S. have approved medicinal marijuana, and some have made it legal to smoke it recreationally. The stigma around pot is going away.
One suggestion they have is to focus more on the dangers of tobacco. They point out that pot and tobacco are often used together. To address the issue of tobacco, they suggest encouraging the use of smoke-free vaporizers, since it helps people avoid the addictive properties of tobacco.
Marijuana with high levels of THC can put people at higher risk of some of the most harmful effects of cannabis. It's more likely to cause addiction or psychosis. The higher the potency, the higher the risk.
To address this issue, the researchers suggested regulation of THC levels. If pot is above a certain concentration of THC, perhaps users would have to pay a higher tax on it. Or perhaps pot with a high amount of THC should be banned altogether.
On the other hand, CBD found in marijuana may be quite beneficial. It's not intoxicating, and is believed to be therapeutic. And they believe marijuana with more CDC can reduce the negative effects of cannabis that are often caused by high levels of THC.
The scientists say more research needs to be done to determine how different levels of THC and CBD can affect users. But they believe that developing marijuana with higher CDC levels will lead to more benefits of smoking pot, with less of the possible dangers.
“Most users will not develop problems from their cannabis use,” said Dr. Amir Englund, who worked on the study. But “it is vital, especially now that cannabis is becoming increasingly liberalised, that we explore alternative and innovative ways by which we can reduce and mitigate cannabis related harms.”
“With the rapidly changing political climate around cannabis, the demand to effectively reduce cannabis-related harms has never been greater,” continued Englund. “More research is urgently needed to inform policy decisions. A strategy based on increasing the content of CBD in cannabis might be especially promising because CBD can offset several harms associated with cannabis without compromising its rewarding effects.”
Another researcher on the project, Dr. Tom Freeman, agreed. “Further research on CBD is now needed – both to investigate its potential role in mitigating the harmful effects of THC in cannabis, but also as a potential treatment for the minority of people who develop problematic cannabis use.”
In other words, as legal marijuana becomes more common, it may also need to become more regulated. This would allow those who choose to smoke to be able to do it safer, with much fewer risks. So you can smoke without being stressed about it. After all, isn't marijuana supposed to reduce stress in the first place?