Smoking herb or eating it certainly affects you in one way or another. Everyone gets a different feeling from the normal state of mind and if you think you are different, you are defiantly doing something wrong, probably you don’t know how to inhale.
An interesting fact is that 1 out of 3 Americans have tried weed, and this is a big number considering that it is an illegal substance. If you are one of those people, or if you are considering to try it for the first time, it doesn’t matter, you should know what marijuana does to your mind and body, what exactly is the reason causing you to feel light headed and changing the ordinary state of mind?
Each leaf is composed of hundreds of chemicals, but scientists have studied only the main components – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the one that causes the recreational effects and cannabidiol (CBD), the one that causes the medical effects.
Obviously the different types of weed give you a different high. The most common types are sativa and indica, sativa being the kind that makes you high, while indica being the one that gets you stoned. If you are interested, read our article on the different types here.
When weed is smoked, it gets to your brain real quick, but what happens when the chemicals hit the neurons in your brain. The neurons are cells that don’t touch each other, but they transport messages across this cells. Drugs usually affect these neurons through affecting the neurotransmitters (the things that travel and make you feel different emotions such as happiness.
The well-known THC gets to your brain, it affects the natural neurotransmitter called anandamide – the “bliss molecule” which usually affects memory, learning, pain and appetite.
THC also reacts with the cannabinoid receptors that we naturally have in some parts of our brain, that affect our ability as humans to solve problems, to unconsciously move our body and to memorise things in the short-term. Specific cannabinoid receptors include CB1 and CB2 receptors.
When you smoke, you prevent the anandamide to do its’ job properly and this is why the balance between this and dopamine is completely different after a J, and this is also the reason why you might be feeling a little bit off-balanced, euphoric and you basically become a person who gives less fucks about what is going on.