What the herb does to your body after you smoke a joint
- 1.1. The cotton mouth when you smoke a joint of weed
- 1.2. Low blood pressure
- 1.3. After the grass joint, the big dodo
- 1.4. The heart that dances ... quickly
- 1.5. Have less bone pain
- 1.6. The grass, feel fresher
- 1.7. The grass joint, sharpens your senses even more
- 1.8. The little hollow ...
- 1.9. Increases libido
- 1.10. Releases dopamine
What weed does to your body after you smoke a joint
Cannabis is a complex plant. It contains almost 500 natural compounds. And a hundred are cannabinoids. These are a special class of chemicals that interact with your body's endocannabinoid system. These interactions are responsible for most of the effects you experience when you smoke a weed joint. Because cannabis has so many different chemicals, it produces a wide range of effects. Here is a summary of the effects one feels after smoking a joint.
The cotton mouth when you smoke a joint of weed
The cotton mouth is one of the most striking effects of smoking weed. And especially thanks to work of researchers from the University of Buenos Aires, we now know why.
The main reason you get cotton mouth is because THC affects your submandibular glands. These are located on the floor of your mouth, and they are responsible for producing most of your saliva. And as it turns out, these glands also have cannabinoid CB1 receptors and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. When THC hits these receptors, it binds to them. And when that happens, it temporarily shuts down the lines of communication between the glands and your nervous system.
The end result of all this interaction is that your body slows down its production of saliva. Hence your cotton mouth… The interesting thing about this is that it's the THC that explains this, not the misconception that it is the smoke from your weed joint that makes your mouth dry. Dry mouth is mostly chemical.
Low blood pressure
Cannabis is what doctors and scientists call a “vasodilator”. It basically means that it opens your blood vessels. And when that happens, your blood starts flowing through your veins faster. This, in turn, lowers your blood pressure.
Think of it like this: If you turn on a garden hose and then pinch it closed, the flow of water coming out of the other end will decrease. This is exactly what is going on in your veins. When the blood vessels constrict, it is more difficult for the blood to flow. And that causes your blood pressure to rise. But when the blood vessels widen and open, the opposite happens. Blood flows more freely and blood pressure drops.
While you might not feel all of this going on in your body, there is one telltale sign that it is happening: bloodshot eyes. It's not the smoke that makes your eyes red. It is the improved blood flow. When the blood vessels in your eyes open up, the increased blood flow gives your eyes that pretty red color. Interestingly, this is also why cannabis can be a good treatment for people with glaucoma. Lowering blood pressure relieves accumulated pressure glaucoma problems. Studies show that THC can reduce intraocular pressure up to 25%.
After the grass joint, the big dodo
Sleep is a surprisingly mysterious function. We cannot function without it… And yet we are still not entirely sure what goes on in our bodies when we are asleep. But one thing we do know is that your body moves through different stages of the process. sleep.
One of the most important stages is the deep sleep phase. As researchers can tell, a number of things happen during this stage. During deep sleep, our body releases growth hormones and speeds up the production of certain proteins. Deep sleep can also help people maintain emotional health and social functionality. On top of all this, researchers believe that deep sleep also helps encode memory. Therefore, it could play a vital role in the learning process. Excluding cannabis helps to improve deep sleep. According to the research, marijuana helps you fall asleep and also increases the time you spend in this deep sleep.
But cannabis doesn't necessarily increase every stage of sleep. Although it helps people fall asleep easier and increases the length of time we stay in deep sleep, it can decrease the REM stage. The REM phase is when we have dreams.
The heart that dances ... quickly
Besides lowering blood pressure and dilating blood vessels, cannabis also increases your heart rate. This increase in heart rate can last as long as three hours after smoking. According to NIDA, this could make you more vulnerable to heart attacks. This is especially the case for the elderly or people with heart disease. But this can be especially true if you have eaten too much.
When you have a bad cannabis trip and your heart races, and a friend brings you to the hospital… Doctors will offer people who are panicking (because it is all panic) medication to help to lower their heart rate…. But in most cases, there is nothing to worry about. At most, the increased heart rate will produce some anxiety-inducing discomfort, but no more. Keep in mind that no one has ever succumbed to an overdose of cannabis. A report official concluded that you would have to consume around 1500 pounds of weed in 15 minutes to run the risk of overdosing. And even then, it is doubtful that you would actually die ...
Have less bone pain
The fact that cannabis can help heal broken bones is one of those amazing discoveries that most people haven't heard of. But according to a 2015 study published by researchers at Tel Aviv University, this is exactly what cannabis does. According to the researchers, it all has to do with the cannabinoid called cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD is one of the chemicals in cannabis that affects the human body. And according to the Tel Aviv Bone Research Lab, CBD could help in the bone healing process. Along with healing broken bones, CBD can be helpful in treating things like cancer, epilepsy, and more.
The grass, feel fresher
After smoking a joint of weed, you can feel much fresher. Literally cooler !! According to recent searches, some chemicals in cannabis affect what scientists call the "potential transient receptor" (TRP) channels in your body. These channels control and regulate a wide range of functions such as sight, taste and temperature. They also control the release of certain hormones.
Cannabinoids enter your body and begin to interact with certain cells involved in your TRP channels. In particular, cannabis affects what are known as TRPV cells. And as a result, you may end up feeling slightly colder after consuming the herb.
The grass joint, sharpens your senses even more
For many people, one of the best reasons to get high is that everything just looks better, more vibrant, and more intense. The music is more powerful. The colors become more alive. And the food tastes better. It might be easy to assume that this has something to do with the High's psychological state. And it is probably true. But the researchers pointed out that there is another explanation.
Earlier we explained how cannabis opens your blood vessels, including the ones in your eyes. It can make you more sensitive to color. This is why many people have more intense visual experiences after smoking cannabis. Likewise, cannabis affects the types of hormones your body releases and a bunch of other systems involved in sensory perception. The result of all of this is an increased state of sensation.
The little hollow ...
When you smoke a weed joint, it is almost inevitable that you will soon be overcome by the desire for food. Specially sweet, salty and fatty… This combination of a strong desire for food is due to THC. This activates a group of neurotransmitters in your brain. Some of them are directly involved in the way your body regulates hunger.
As a result, you end up getting hungry. And not just a little hungry. By increasing appetite, marijuana can help people with certain eating and digestive disorders. It can also help people who go through chemotherapy to regain their appetite.
People have long used the herb to spice up their sex life. In fact, there is an entire cannabis industry devoted to sex and weed ... One of the reasons for such a craze is the reduction of anxiety and nervousness. Smoking a weed helps lower inhibitions… And when that happens, people let go and end up enjoying sex a little more…
In addition to helping reduce inhibition, cannabis triggers the release of pleasure-inducing hormones in your body. It adds to the overall feeling of happiness, elation, and pleasure that sex affects as well. And to top it off, cannabis increases your overall sensory perception. When you are high you are more sensitive to all kinds of physical sensations, and this heightened state ultimately makes you more sensitive to sex.
Dopamine is the main reason for the High! One of the main reasons for this high emotional state is because THC and other cannabinoids interact with parts of your brain associated with mood. In particular, THC triggers the release of dopamine.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is largely responsible for feeling good about your brain's reward system. Dopamine creates pleasant feelings of happiness and euphoria. And the more dopamine circulates in your body, the better you feel. When THC triggers the release of dopamine, it starts a chain reaction throughout your brain and body that leads to feelings of bliss, pleasure, and elation.
But there is a potential problem in all of this ... A published study last year suggested that heavy and regular marijuana use could lead to reduced functions… In particular, researchers found lower levels of dopamine in the striatum, the region of the brain involved in memory, impulsive behavior and attention. More research is needed before we know the full extent of how the herb affects dopamine. But in the short term, smoking a joint of weed will quickly increase the amount of dopamine in your body.