How Does Cannabis Affect The Brain?
Even in the current political climate, you can’t deny cannabis has made leaps and bounds in recent years. Thankfully more research is now being done to hone in on all the ways cannabis can help with certain types of mental illness. But how does cannabis react once it actually hits your brain? We’re not neurologists, but we do have a wealth of information at our disposal that we’re able to pass along to you. First things first: Let’s take a look at where all these cannabis-fueled chemical reactions take place.
A brief intro to the endocannabinoid system
What if you had a physiological system inside your body that constantly maintained your body’s equilibrium at a cellular level? What if the cell receptors within that system were able to take the powerful medical properties of the THC found in cannabis to deliver results with little to no dangerous side effects? And what if that system was present throughout your entire body, providing aid to other systems and fighting the diseases that attack them?
You’re no dummy; you know where we’re headed with this. Thanks to the endocannabinoid system that each of us carries, cannabis is able to cannabis works symbiotically with our bodies to restore balance and treat a host of ailments. It’s like your body’s own THC factory; sometimes it just needs a little extra boost when it’s not functioning the way it should.
This is your brain on cannabis
Remember that commercial from the late ‘80s with the guy and the frying pan? While somewhat effective, the campaign did little to paint an accurate picture of what drugs actually do to the brain. In fact, it did more harm to the burgeoning cannabis industry than it did good because it failed to define what a “drug” actually is. And what about the harmful medications that big pharma touts as helpful?
While there’s no doubt cannabis can yield adverse effects if taken the wrong way at the wrong stage of a person’s life, the many benefits of our favorite plant greatly outweigh any potential drawbacks. Huge strides have been made concerning the legal use of marijuana not only in the United States, but on a global scale. That means the more destigmatized cannabis becomes, the more it opens doors to better research.
Forget the sizzling egg. This is your brain on cannabis. Rather than frying your brain, cannabis can actually promote brain cell growth. THC can act as a neuroprotective antioxidant that can fight Alzheimer’s. It can reverse the damage that alcohol does to the brain. And cannabis users the world over hail select strains for their uplifting, head-clearing, and even memory-boosting properties. This all goes without mentioning its auxiliary effects, helping people with social anxiety and concentration issues so they can boost their brain power through human interaction and study. That’s one thing frying pan guy failed to mention in his PSA.
Anyone with half a brain and the will to do a little research can conclude that cannabis is nature’s brain food. Stop by for a chat today; chances are we’re just around the corner. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog — as well as through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — for more insight into the wide world of cannabis and how it’s boosting brains and changing lives every day.