Smoking marijuana is healthier than obesity, says leading psychologist

An addiction to either food or drugs can both lead to poor health, but according to notable psychologist Gary L. Wenk, people are better off smoking weed than smoking ham. Wenk, a distinguished psychology professor at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, recently penned an article for Psychology Today explaining why obesity is worse for both the body and brain than frequently using marijuana. “An overwhelming body of evidence across a wide spectrum of medical disciplines strongly argues that obesity accelerates the aging process, impairs overall cognitive function and, ultimately, is responsible for numerous processes that kill you,” says Wenk. Smoking marijuana doesn’t lead to such dire consequences, Wenk explains. It might even provide benefits to your health instead. According to Wenk: Research in my laboratory has demonstrated that stimulating the brain’s marijuana receptors offer protection by reducing brain inflammation. Thus, later in life, marijuana might actually help your brain, rather than harm it. It takes very little marijuana to produce benefits in the older brain. My lab coined the motto “a puff is enough” because it appears as though only a single puff each day is necessary to produce significant benefit. The doctor concedes, however, that while this information may ring true for most people, a genetic predisposition to either food or drug addiction is the ultimate factor in determining what’s safer. “Each person will have a different answer to the question of ‘which is worse.’ The answer will be determined by the genetic cards you were dealt by your parents,” explains Wenk.

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