Potheads everywhere use today, as an informal celebration of what it means to smoke, eat and vape marijuana.
Again, like every year, people will honor the day by smoking lots and lots of weed. Meanwhile, marijuana still toes the line between recreational drug and medicine, while the federal government deems it illegal without any health benefit.
The truth is, doctors and addiction experts have only had a whiff of evidence on marijuana’s effects, positive or negative. Medicinally, marijuana can treat chronic pain, nausea and the effects of multiple sclerosis. However, experts are likely to tell you it’s too early to define marijuana’s effect without more testing.
In the meantime, people continue to use the drug recreationally and medicinally. Here’s what experts say happens when you smoke weed every day:
Dr. Stuart Gitlow, a professor at the University of Florida and a past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, said marijuana is much stronger than it was years ago, giving a more psychedelic feel rather than a mild sense of intoxication.