Cannabis has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. More and more people are now using cannabis – some use it for recreational purposes, while some use it for medical purposes. There are many medical benefits of cannabis that can help in managing many symptoms associated with certain conditions. With a medical marijuana card, you can buy medical cannabis for a qualifying condition. The qualifying conditions may include cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, PTSD, chronic pain, and many more. But, have you ever wondered why cannabis affects everyone in a different way?
If you have ever smoked up with your friends, you would have noticed that there’s always one friend who gets high too easily. In fact, almost everyone experiences different effects to the same herb. This happens with medical marijuana too. A particular strain that works for someone (with the same condition as yours) might not benefit you that much. Well, there are some scientific reasons that explain why this happens. There are many factors that play a role in determining your cannabis experience. Today, in this article, we will learn about these factors and understand how cannabis interacts with the body.
Cannabis affects everyone differently
You must have heard some people saying, “weed is just weed.” Well, this is a one-dimensional perception of this subject and it is wrong, scientifically. And today, we will learn why. So here is a list of reasons that explain why cannabis affects everyone in a different way. Let’s get into it.
Your genes determine how your body responds to different stimuli. This also includes the compounds present in cannabis (THC and CBD). Your genes play a role in influencing the effects of cannabis on your body. Research shows that there are some people with certain genetic mutations that make them feel more psychoactive effects of cannabis. These people may feel anxious and paranoid even after consuming a small dose of cannabis. Further research shows that your genes can also contribute to varying levels of cognitive function after getting high. So, there are chances that you might get higher and have memory impairment from THC than your smoking buddy.
According to the estimation of scientists, around 20 percent of the adult population of the U.S. has a unique genetic mutation. This leads to increment in the levels of their body’s endocannabinoids. So, a person who comes in that 20 percent, will be less prone to experiencing anxiety induced by THC. Also, the body of that person will also react much to the effects of THC and CBD in general. This is because the body will already be producing high concentrations of cannabinoids. On the other hand, people with below-average endocannabinoid levels tend to experience more psychoactive effects of THC. But, they will also react better to the medical benefits of CBD.
Well, it’s a fact that cannabis affects men and women in a different way. While people are doing their best for gender equality these days, cannabis does not seem to pay attention to that. Men are more likely to get munchies after consuming cannabis. While on the other hand, women are more sensitive to cannabis overall. This is why women tend to experience more pain relief from cannabis than men do. So, men would have to consume more cannabis in order to find the same amount of pain relief.
Now, let’s talk about hormones. Did you know, that time of the month in women has an influence too. THC, the psychoactive compound of cannabis is known to work closely with estrogen. When estrogen levels begin to decline after reaching their peak, the effects of THC become more powerful. It’s like a sweet spot to experience the best effects of cannabinoids.
There are billions of biochemical processing that takes place around your body at any given moment. Whether it’s the electrical impulses traveling through your nerve fibers or the formation of proteins by the cells. Everyone has a unique biochemistry. This is why some people are simply more sensitive to cannabis than others. You might have seen someone bouncing off the walls after drinking just one cup of coffee. Or someone getting drunk after drinking just two beers. Everyone responds in a different way to these things, and cannabis is one of these things.
The compounds interact in a slightly different way depending on a few biochemical reactions that take place in your body. This is where your body’s endocannabinoid system comes into play. There are several factors that influence the endocannabinoid system. These factors include genetics, exposure to stress, diet, lifestyle, medical conditions, and more. For example, endocannabinoids come from fatty acids, especially Omega-3 fatty acids. So, if your diet is low in fatty acids, your endocannabinoid system starts to become less efficient. This will result in you experiencing a more intense high. But, this also makes you more prone to experiencing the anxiety and psychotic effects associated with cannabis.