Considering that cannabis is the most consumed illicit drug in the world, it’s only natural to ask “ What happens when you smoke weed?”
It’s always best to educate yourself thoroughly when it comes to consuming psychoactive substances, in this case, marijuana.
Today, we’ll be explaining in detail what happens when you smoke weed, on a physiological and psychological level.
What happens when you smoke weed physically?
Every single human being has an Endocannabinoid system and we also produce endocannabinoids, that are structurally similar to the cannabinoids within the cannabis plant.
These cannabinoids, attach themselves to your cannabinoid receptors and begin to activate a few biological mechanisms.
In the case of THC, when it attaches itself to the corresponding cannabinoid receptor, it releases floods the brain with an increased dopamine production. This is responsible for the “euphoria” associated with smoking cannabis.
The THC can also trick the brain into believing its hungry, and you might start feeling what cannabis consumers call, “The Munchies!”
While the exact science behind the munchies hasn’t been fully explored, the idea is that the THC tricks the brain into thinking its hungry – even after you just ate a meal.
Additionally, you can also feel extremely thirsty. This is what cannabis consumers refer to as “Cottonmouth”.
Furthermore, THC can also cause your eyes to redden. Cannabis users refer to this condition as having your eyes “cashed”.
What happens when you smoke weed psychologically?
On the psychological level, smoking weed can manifest in a variety of manners. The most common side-effect of smoking weed is euphoria and feelings of joy. When the THC attaches itself to your cannabinoid receptors, it increases dopamine production within your brain.
The increase of dopamine is the cause of the sensation of euphoria.
Furthermore, the THC will also reduce stress and anxiety. However, too much THC could produce an increase of anxiety within certain people.
In the case that this happens, a consumer could use CBD [another compound found within the marijuana plant] to counter-act the psychoactive effects of the THC.
CBD is a neuro controller and anti-psychotic substance. It helps level out the high associated with THC. CBD also promotes relaxation, anti-stress, anti-anxiety and anti-depression within the minds of consumers.
You might start feeling more talkative, less fearful to express yourself and open to new ideas.
It’s important to note however that cannabis interacts with your organism in a unique fashion. Not everybody feels the same effects as you. This makes it difficult, to sum up exactly what happens to you when you smoke weed, however, there are certain norms that we mentioned above.
Irrespective, over time…you too will begin to learn how cannabis interacts with you individually, allowing you to moderate your consumption based on your physiological and psychological interaction with the plant.