Have you ever noticed that you and your friend will have totally different reactions to the same Marijuana Strain? Turns out, there are scientific reasons why that happens. Everything from genetics to your time of the month can change the way you experience a high. Here are 5 reasons why cannabis affects everyone differently.
Your genes may influence how you experience cannabis. Recent research has shown that some with a certain genetic mutation are more inclined to feel anxious, paranoid, and experience psychotic effects from cannabis. Additional research has shown that genetics contribute to varying levels of cognitive function while high. Specifically, your genes might make you more likely to have memory impairment from THC than your smoking buddy.
Endocannabinoids are compounds like THC and CBD that the body produces naturally. When you consume cannabis, compounds in the plant take the place of your natural endocannabinoids.
Cannabis affects men and women differently. Men are more likely to get the munchies than the ladies. Yet, women are more sensitive to the herb overall. Females tend to find more pain relief from the herb than men do. Men will have to consume more of the herb to get the same pain-fighting effects.
Is it that time of the month? Well, that has an influence, too. THC, the primary psychoactive in the plant, works closely with estrogen. The effects of THC are most powerful after estrogen levels have peaked and are on the decline.
Some people are just going to be more sensitive to cannabis than others. Do you know someone who drinks just one cup of coffee and is bouncing off the walls? What about someone who is drunk after two beers? People respond differently to all kinds of things. Cannabis is one of them.
This is where the endocannabinoid system comes into play yet again. Several factors can influence the ECS. Genetics, diet, stress, and lifestyle all contribute to how the ECS works in every individual.
For a diet example, endocannabinoids come from fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids especially. If your diet is low in fatty acids, your endocannabinoid system is going to be out of wack. Cannabis feels good to those who don’t have many endocannabinoids. Yet, the herb may feel a little over-the-top to those who don’t need a boost.
Let’s say you have PTSD or fibromyalgia. Cannabis is going to feel wildly different for you than it does for someone without any health issues. If you have a medical condition, chances are your biochemistry is altered in some way. When you consume cannabis, a substance that produces a chain of chemical interactions in your body, you alter your biochemistry.
In those with PTSD and fibromyalgia, this alteration is the desired effect. Rather than make you feel completely high and off your rocker, you’re more likely to just feel normal. Instead of being stuck on the couch in pain or with zero motivation, cannabis is more likely to give you some get-up-and-go.
Here’s a no-brainer to finish us off. If you smoke a lot of cannabis, you’re going to respond very differently to the herb than someone who does not. The more you consume, the greater your tolerance for the herb. Your body becomes used to it, and you are less sensitive to the plant’s effects.
Someone who has never tried cannabis before will react a whole lot differently to the same strain and same dose. Their body simply is not used to the sudden influx of plant cannabinoids.
Well, there you have it! There are many reasons why cannabis affects each person differently. Your health, genetic makeup, and lifestyle all contribute to how you experience the herb. So, the next time you feel like ordering a pizza while your friend is too paranoid to answer the door, there’s a reason for that.