Medical cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for chronic pain and other conditions. Some people may be hesitant to try it because of the psychoactive effects of THC. However, research is showing that cannabis can have a wide range of effects on the brain and body.
How does cannabis impact your brain and how long does it stay in your system?
The main active ingredient in cannabis is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and produces various effects, including relaxation, euphoria, and increased appetite. Cannabis also contains CBD (cannabidiol), which has medicinal properties but does not produce the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabis can be consumed in many ways, including smoking, vaping, eating (edibles), and drinking (tea).
The effects of cannabis on the brain depend on the method of consumption, the amount consumed, and the individual’s unique physiology. Generally speaking, inhaling cannabis leads to more immediate effects, while consuming cannabis edibles can take up to two hours for the full effects to be felt. The effects of cannabis typically last for several hours but can persist for days or even weeks in some cases.
Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to cannabis. Do not assume your body will have the same reaction as another person’s does. The effects of marijuana on your body will depend a lot on how your body works. For instance, after consuming marijuana, you may feel:
- Relaxed, mellow, calm
- Euphoric, happy, creative
- Shaky or on edge
- Anxious, paranoid
- Thirsty, hungry, unable to control appetite
- Nauseated, dizzy
There is still much to learn about the impact of cannabis on the brain and body, but what we do know is that the drug can have a wide range of benefits.
While cannabis may be effective for treating some of your medical conditions, it is important to remember that cannabis should be consumed in a safe atmosphere.
Do your own research and talk to other people who have used cannabis before making a decision. When you’re ready, contact us, and our dedicated staff and doctors will help get you on the path to getting your life back.