Cannabis is filled with hundreds of beneficial compounds. While most are very familiar with the cannabinoids THC and CBD, there are numerous other cannabinoids as well as terpenes and flavonoids. All of the components of the plant work together to produce a variety of mental and physical effects. Here are some of the cannabis effects you should know.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
For some users, cannabis helps to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Some strains are effective at calming anxious thoughts and promoting relaxation. These effects are dependent upon the user. For some, low doses of THC decrease anxiety, while higher doses have the opposite effect. Others are sensitive to THC, even in small amounts. Fortunately, there are plenty of high CBD/low THC strains available, some with little to no THC at all.
Aids with Sleep (or Boosts Energy)
There are hundreds of strains of cannabis, each with varying levels of cannabinoids and different types of terpenes. As such, they provide an array of different effects. For those with insomnia, some strains, such as Tahoe OG Kush or Northern Lights, help you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
If you’re looking for a boost of energy and increased mental focus, there are strains for that, too. Such strains include Zkittlez, Mother’s Helper, and Harlequin.
Cannabis Effects That Result In Pain Relief
Pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek cannabis. When the cannabinoids bind with the cannabinoid receptors, they dampen pain signals and help to reduce inflammation. Different strains can help to alleviate chronic pain, arthritis pain, sports injuries, and more. At the same time, the cannabinoids can activate serotonin receptors, which helps to improve your mood and reduces your focus on your pain.
The pain-relieving properties of cannabis can help improve your mental health as well. When you’re in less pain, you’re more likely to be happier. Less pain also means that you can sleep better.
An important thing to keep in mind is that you can develop a tolerance to THC. Over time, you might discover that you need higher doses to achieve the same results. If you’re looking for long-term pain-relief, you should consider a balanced strain.
Helps with Symptoms of Neuropathy
Certain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes may lead to neuropathic pain. The pain results from damaged nerves, leading to numbness and tingling in your extremities, the feeling of pins and needles in your hands or feet, and sharp pain. Activating the cannabinoid receptors helps to reduce the symptoms.
Provides Relief from Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause some rather uncomfortable side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and neuropathic pain. Cannabis can help to alleviate these side effects. Reducing nausea and stimulating your appetite also enable you to eat, which helps you to regain your strength.
Cannabis provides many benefits. Some people use it to sleep while others use it to reduce stress and relax. Some use it to get some much-needed pain relief. For many, the mental and physical effects work together to produce the desired results. No matter what your reasons for using cannabis, consider the strain you want to use and the form in which you want to take it. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to a budtender at your local dispensary for information.