Long before hemp and CBD were the talk of the town, marijuana and THC were front and center. One of the first things most people learn about cannabis is that “THC makes you high”. 😵
But, what is actually happening to our Endocannabinoid System when we use marijuana?
➡️The CB1 receptor, found in our brain and nervous system, is the main receptor for THC. When inhaled, THC typically reaches the brain within seconds. While marijuana users often describe the experience as relaxing, some people report feelings of panic from too much THC. Before hemp/CBD, many people simply could not use cannabis for medicinal purposes because it made them feel anxious.
➡️Research also shows that THC is what gives us the “munchies”. According to Smithsonianmag.com, “…for years, scientists have struggled to understand how marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, stimulates appetite. A team of neuroscientists has found that, in mice, THC fits into receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, significantly increasing the animals’ ability to smell food and leading them to eat more of it. A big part of the reason why you might eat more food after using marijuana, the research indicates, is simply that you can smell and taste it more acutely.”
➡️The article goes on to say, “Likely produced by the marijuana plant as a self-defense against herbivores who might feel disorientated after eating the plant and avoid it in the future, THC fits into receptors that are part of the brain’s natural endocannabinoid system, which helps to control emotions, memory, pain sensitivity and appetite.” ~Smithsonianmag.com
➡️“Part of its allure is that it is clearly safer than opiates (it is impossible to overdose on and far less addictive) and it can take the place of NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve, if people can’t take them due to problems with their kidneys or ulcers or GERD”. ~ Harvard Health Publishing
At the end of the day, some people enjoy the effects of THC while others prefer using a cannabis strain high in CBD. And you know what… that’s okay!!
Don’t shame someone if they use marijuana and don’t shame someone if they don’t. ✌️