It’s true, if you smoke weed, your brain will get high. 🧠🌿
But why? Today we take a look at some of the #weedscience behind THC, and our brains! 🤓
How does cannabis affect the brain?
Let me introduce you to something called the The CB1 receptor, or cannabinoid-1 receptor. Every human on this earth is born with sets of these receptors, and they are vastly spread throughout our entire bodies, acting upon what we now know as our Endocannabinoid System. CB1 also has a sibling, the CB2 receptor, and both have a profound connection to the way our brains process THC. This pair belongs to the GPCR family, a family of protein receptors that control the mediation of cellular activity.
CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in our brains. When we consume THC, it acts like a switch, triggering the release of anandamide (also known as the pleasure molecule) which is responsible for regulating our moods and interactions! Researchers have also found evidence that THC can trigger the release of dopamine in our brains, as well as the suppression of other chemicals that cause stress!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cannabis and our brains, there are thousands of research articles covering their different interactions, and the science is DEEP and oftentimes confusing. I’ll keep trying my best to break it down for you guys, piece by piece. 👍
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Alejandro Perez is the owner of CannaQuestions, an educational community for cannabis consumers. Find his page on Instagram @cannaquestions, or visit the official website cannaquestionsofficial.com!