A question that might strike people on the outside of the stoner scene is “Why Do People Get High?”.
To someone who has never tried weed before might be wondering about this when they see or hear of someone getting stoned.
It might seem like a waste of time and money to some and raise concern, judgement or dislike towards a person – especially when it can cause health problems like lung cancer if heavily smoked or cause mental illnesses like anxiety, paranoia or depression from continuous use.
But, believe it or not, the human body and all animals have what is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which releases molecules in the body when it is needed.
Endocannabinoids, also called endogenous cannabinoids, are molecules made by your body. They’re similar to cannabinoids, but they’re produced by your body.
Endocannabinoids acts just like cannabis does when it enters the body, binding to the CB1 and CB2 receptors when needed. CB1 controls neurotransmission and a number of peripheral processes, whereas CB2 controls inflammatory and immunological pathways. Cannabis is full of cannabinoids that the body benefits from and we produce endocannabinoids which is similar to bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It’s almost meant to be.
It would be presumed that human beings alongside all other animals benefit from the consumption of marijuana eaten, smoked or vaporized – the latter two being unsurprisingly not doable by animals just to mention unless you’re the type of person who subjects animals to smoke or vapor which is quite cruel.
Aside from the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, well, I guess if you’ve never tried kush before, you may not know what you’re missing out on.
For some it could potentially boost ones mood leading to happier vibes, less anxiety, less depression, less pain etc. It can also aid in sleeping, potentially increase ones appetite which is known as the “munchies”, enhance focus and possibly improve sexual prowess.
When you consume marijuana, your body stimulates oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin production making the user feel better as a result. This is the reward chemicals that your brain releases to say thank you for consuming the holy herb.
However not all bud you smoke, vape, or eat is built the same.
Some strains of marijuana are more suitable to others, and some strains such as indica are better off for night time use or binging on games or movies and strains from the sativa family are better used for socializing and focusing. This is a generalization but you get the gist of it.
Finding your ideal cannabis strain comes down to trial and error and noting what works best for you. There are thousands of marijuana strains available for you to choose from and it’s a good idea to know what your getting by shopping for cannabis strains with well documented history.
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a state where there is cannabis dispensaries open for business, ask the experts what strains they recommend based on your characteristics and requirements.
Chances are, they will be able to point you in the right direction – minimizing the trial and error process.
They would have sound knowledge of the cannabis strains they have available and suggest something good for you.
Alternatively, you could grow your own and be proud of your hard work in the garden.
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Back to the point “Why Do People Get High?”, well this totally depends on the user. Some consumers of marijuana like to feel less pain, be more relaxed or chilled – while some like its energetic and focus like effects.
There are even people who don’t want the mind altering effects of cannabis and simply use it for its health benefits. There are strains of ganja that are high in CBD which is great for alleviating anxiety, stress, depression and many other illnesses.
If you think weed is for you after reading this, talk to a health professional and discuss the options. Don’t knock it till you try it and don’t discriminate if you haven’t.