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How does marijuana effect the body?

For anyone who has smoked marijuana, you are well aware of the pleasurable “high” feeling you get from the plant. This can cause a very relaxed frame of mind and put the body in a stage almost as if you were meditating some of us like refer to as “couch-lock.” This is mainly caused when you smoke or ingest a certain type of marijuana called “Indica.” Indica is the type of marijuana that causes a very sleepy and sedative effect and can help patients who may suffer from insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, etc. Due to the fact this type of cannabis causes a more sedative feeling it is more favorable by many to be used at night, when you are not on such a busy schedule..

Most people are not aware that there are actually 3 strains of cannabis which involve ruderalis, sativa, and indica. However, sativa and indica are the two most common types of marijuana and when they are cross-bred with each other they become a “hybrid.” A hybrid can be much more indica or sativa dominant, or be a very well equal mixture between the two. This really all depends how the grower cross-breeds the two strains.

The sativa plant is known to cause a stimulant effect and a much more psychoactive and energetic high which is great when used during the day. Most people have no problem getting through the day when smoking a sativa because it does not have the calming body effects as an indica, and causes the mind to really think. For me personally, when smoking a sativa it almost feels like a just drank a nice cup of coffee and I get the urge to go outdoors, or other times find myself contemplating certain situations and almost over-thinking things before I do them. I seem to get more focused on a sativa than I do without using any marijuana during the day. Sativa is also used to relieve migraines, nausea, depression, chronic pain, and is a very effective appetite stimulant.

Many of the effects produced by cannabis come from a substance in the plant referred to as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). What many people do not know about THC is that this substance resembles a chemical found naturally in the body/brain and the THC attaches itself to certain proteins, known as cannabinoid receptors (CBRs).

Cannabinoid receptors create a networking system called the “endocannabinoid system” or “ECS” which is in connection with natural brain function and is found in areas that influence movement, thinking, pleasure, coordination, sensory perception, etc.. Therefore, when cannabis is smoked, the THC tends to stimulate the receptors and disrupt the natural cannabinoids which causes the “high” feeling patients experience.

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