While our bodies produce cannabinoids endogenously (in our own body), the endocannabinoid system can be excited by greater than 140 cannabinoids, one of them being THC. The active component in marijuana.
5 effects of Marijuana on the Human Body
Relation Between Cannabis and Weight Loss
Common assumptions are stoners are locked to the couch with the munchies. While the munchies for many people are true, there has been research showing that cannabis may actually lower body weight (reduced Body Mass Index).
The 2018 study showed that marijuana users had a statistically significant lower BMI when compared to non-marijuana users. The researchers hypothesized that acute, strong marijuana usage increases metabolic rate (energy burn) and also reduces energy storage.
Another thought is in relation to stress. Marijuana user tends to have lower levels of stress. Stress can cause increased levels of cortisol. Cortisol levels tend to be lower in marijuana users, as they find marijuana relaxing and therapeutic.
Help Decrease PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for many people. Marijuana has been shown both enhances REM sleep and minimize PTSD symptoms.
What is perhaps more fascinating, is how marijuana has been shown to interact with the CB1 receptors.
What are CB1 receptors?
They are receptors found in abundance in the spinal cord, basal ganglia, hippocampus, and cerebellum. They help your body relegate pain, stress, appetite, energy, metabolism, memory, and cardiovascular function.
So sleep improves for PTSD patients. The brain’s plasticity can have memories overwritten through the CB1 receptor.
Can Either Lower or Raise Anxiety Levels
Relaxing effects of marijuana have been known for years. But the key to high or lower levels of anxiety for the user can be related to dosing.
Unmanageable Nausea or Vomiting
Often what scares novice marijuana user’s off and correlated with a “bad trip”. But for some user’s they are predisposed to cannaboid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). CHS can cause severe, and repeated instances of nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Although rare, symptoms can sometimes last for days.
Temporary relief can sometimes be sought through a hot shower. Duration in the shower can last for hours. The only long term relief is to stop using cannabis.
Cannabis is often thought to be an anti-nausea health supplement. So why does this happen? Although not really known yet, one hypothesis is that stimulating the CB1 receptors in user’s with CHS can cause an adverse reaction in the gut.
Many people who stop using marijuana after regular usage, often notice they dream more. This may not be the case, they perhaps just might be remembering their dreams more. But the user’s who do stop suddenly tend to also report their dreams to be more vivid and lucid.
This is also one of the reasons cannabis helps people suffering from PTSD. Suppressing nightmares often gives them a full night of sleep.
Cannabis while decreases dreams, often is used as a sleep aid for insomnia. Since patients can enter sleep, while vacating from nightmares, cannabis is often a solution for their insomnia.
Marijuana can be fun, entertaining, a relaxing way at the end of the day. A social way to open-up, and entertain friends. There is really no shortage of effects that it may have on the human body with hundreds of active compounds present.
The effects of cannabis are primarily due to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is present is all vertebrates. ECS plays pivotal roles in regulating sleep, pain, and appetite.