While marijuana use (recreational and medical) is not legal for teens in any part of the United States, it seems teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in roughly 30 years. Should parents be concerned?
The evidence for and against marijuana can be overwhelming, especially with the proliferation of new CBD-based and THC-based products and consumables, and the use of CBD and other cannabinoids for the treatment of seizures and the potential treatment of pain and depression. This can be confusing, as there is also evidence for marijuana’s ill effects.
Marijuana as a drug must be differentiated from CBD-based products, which isolate one cannabinoid within the drug (cannabidiol, CBD) and typically strip the drug of its psychoactive component (tetrahydrocannabinol, THC).
Marijuana must also be differentiated from synthetic cannabinoids, which are artificial analogs with a potency multiplied by factors of ten to a hundred, often with disastrous results.