Our cannabinoid 101 series continues as we push to elevate our consumption. In this blog, we will address the benefits, effects and tolerance of cannabinoids.
What are the Benefits of Cannabinoids?
In ancient times, cannabis was used as medicine. As a result, many pharmaceuticals have been created. There are a few cannabinoids that have been studied extensively, and these are mentioned below:
CBD and Its Benefits
CBD has been linked to significant or moderate pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects and decreasing blood pressure (studied in men).
THC and Its Benefits
THC has been linked to assist with chronic pain management.
CBG and Its Benefits
CBG has been linked to the restoration of appetite and comparable therapeutic benefits as THC in glaucoma.
Effects of cannabinoids
The effects can be felt immediately when smoked or vaped or within an hour or two if eaten or used topically. General effects may include:
- feelings of well being
- spontaneous laughter and excitement
- increased appetite
- dry mouth
- quiet and reflective mood
- reduced anxiety
Some people experience side effects, but they are less severe than those of other substances such as:
- Impaired memory
- Loss of motor control
- Rapid heart rate
Dependence and tolerance
Cannabis dependence is associated with cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) downregulation. The more CB1R in your system, the more dependent on and tolerant of cannabis you are. Everyone’s tolerance level is different. Small number of people experience marijuana use disorder (addiction).
Get familiar with your tolerance and never let anyone make you feel bad for having a lower tolerance. Some people have a naturally low tolerance. If you are an occasional consumer, your tolerance will likely stay pretty low.
Overconsumption is often glorified and causes people to think it's normal to do a 1 g dab, 100 bong hits, etc. These videos are fun for content creators who likely have very high tolerance due to daily consumption over a long time. Still, they are not realistic for the average person and can be extremely expensive and potentially dangerous.
Tolerance does goes up over time, so if you happen to notice a specific strain isn't getting you as lifted as it once was, the likelihood is that your tolerance has gone up. It is not the strain getting weaker. When this starts happening, people will sometimes go on a "T break" where they stop consuming cannabis for anywhere for one day to 30 days to lower their tolerance. This break can be very effective when tolerance gets too high for many people.
Please remember that tolerance is one of the most important factors to know about in the world of hemp and cannabis. Tolerance is different for everyone and paying attention to the way you feel is the best way to tell your tolerance level.
Check out the last installment here.
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