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How THC Feeds Your Endocannabinoid System

Posted by MMJ Jill on Feb 22, 2022

As a stoner, you don’t need to know all of the science behind why marijuana makes you feel the way it does. However, it's good to be at least somewhat mindful of how THC products directly affect your body’s functionality.

Let’s dive into the ways that consuming THC will affect your Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The first thing that might jump out about the term “endocannabinoid” is how similar it is to the word “cannabis.” That’s because the ECS was actually discovered after cannabinoids in marijuana plants, and was named accordingly due to their relationship. In terms of medical research and understanding, especially in how it applies to cannabis patients, the ECS is a relatively new discovery, and scientists are still studying its applications.

We do know that the endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors throughout the body that dictate many of our most important internal functions. A few of these functions include your memory, your appetite, your mood, your stress levels, and your sleep schedule.

When your body needs food, your ECS stimulates hunger. When you need rest, your ECS stimulates tiredness. This relationship between endocannabinoids and receptors throughout your body will ultimately determine how you feel on any given day.

But what would happen if cannabinoids were introduced from outside your body?

THC & Your Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system typically runs on your body’s self-producing endocannabinoids, but this standardized flow can be modified when someone consumes marijuana or begins a cannabis detox after continued use for years.

Products that contain high levels of THC will essentially be adding excess cannabinoids that function similar to your body’s regulated ones. This results in the cannabinoid receptors thinking “we need food” or “we need sleep” when in fact you do not.

Since the ECS typically regulates bodily functions like tiredness, hunger, and general emotional state, you can see why these things may fluctuate when someone enjoys products with high THC levels.

This stimulating sensation is why medical marijuana is prescribed to people with continued stress or chronic pain. There are dozens of health conditions that can be treated with cannabis including autism, Parkinson's disease, glaucoma, and epilepsy, to name a few.

CBD & Your Endocannabinoid System

The link between CBD products and your endocannabinoid system is less defined by experts, but we know that it doesn’t cause the same effects as THC. CBD doesn't bind to the endocannabinoid system’s receptors the same way that THC does, so you won’t feel the same highs and lows.

Since this is a relatively new science, continued research and discoveries are to be expected, especially since marijuana is a hot topic in our society as a whole.

Every marijuana enthusiast is familiar with the munchies, or the general sense of euphoria when they smoke. Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of the endocannabinoid system and why consuming THC will make you feel the way that you do.

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