What are the basic effects of consuming cannabis? From red eyes to the munchies, you might experience some bodily changes after using the Marijuana. But, what actually causes red eyes and the munchies? We’ve outlined the most basic facts below on how cannabis affects your body.
Cannabis makes you really love eating
Ever wonder where the munchies come from? THC binds to the same location as compounds that control appetite and metabolism. When you take in THC, it kicks your metabolism into overdrive.
It jump starts the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin and another hormone called leptin. Incidentally, leptin is responsible for telling your brain when to stop storing calories as fat.
Cannabis increases your heart rate
Doctors often advise against using cannabis if you have a heart condition. The herb increases your heart rate for up to 3 hours after consumption. Cannabis increases heart rate a little more than sex, and about as much as strenuous exercises. But, speeding up your heart when your blood pressure is lowered can make for a bad time.
Though the plant has not caused any deaths to date, it is thought that your risk of heart attack increases when you consume cannabis. So, be mindful of heart complications when you toke up.
Cannabis heightens your senses
After consuming a little herb, have you noticed that colors look a little brighter? That the smell of food became a little more irresistible? The same blood pressure effects trigger pupil dilation, which makes colors seem a little more vivid than usual.
Animal studies have also shown that THC stimulates the olfactory bulb. This is the scent sensing area of the brain. In mice, these enhanced smelling powers led them directly to food. So, expect heightened visceral awareness from the psychoactive herb.
Sexual under performance in men is possible
In men, cannabis use is associated with delay or trouble with orgasm. This may also be partly caused by the interaction between cannabis compound and male sex hormones like testosterone.
Some animal research has shown that testosterone spikes and dips while you’re high and then returns to normal later on.
Similarly to women, there are many things that can throw male sex hormones out of wack. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can help ensure that you have the right hormonal balance for you prior to the effects of cannabis.
Cannabis affects your blood pressure
THC is a vasodilator. This means that it opens up your blood vessels and allows more blood flow. In doing this, it lowers your blood pressure. In fact, this is why you often get red eyes when you consume the herb.
Blood vessels in your eyes have opened up, allowing more blood to flow into the area. This can be highly beneficial for anyone with eye pressure troubles, like glaucoma patients.
Cannabis modulates neurotransmitters
Chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters help brain cells (neurons) communicate with each other. Compounds in the cannabis plant engage these neurotransmitters and alter the chemical signaling in your brain.
Psychoactive THC impacts several different neurotransmitters in the brain. However, it’s most famous for producing a spike in feel-good chemical dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for focus, attention, pleasure, pain, and reward.
Cannabis is an amazing Bud with ample therapeutic potential. These facts are far from a complete representation of the plant.Yet, for those who are a little canna-curious or are trying to make sense of your experiences, these are the most basic things you need to know.