Does Cannabis Make You Emotional?

cannabis emotionalIn case you were wondering if cannabis can make you emotional, here’s everything you need to know about the effects of it on your thoughts, mind, spirit and body!

The munchies, the giggles, and feeling couched are some well-known effects of cannabis. However, there are lesser-known effects that haven’t received the same coverage or haven’t been researched as thoroughly.

One of these effects is that cannabis can make you emotional, causing positive and, occasionally, negative feelings. 

Read on to learn about how cannabis can impact your emotions.

The Science of Cannabis and Emotion

Cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the most abundant and well-known. THC causes the plant’s psychoactive and intoxicating effects while CBD is responsible for many of its soothing effects.

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate various functions including pain, sleep, mood, and stress responses. There are cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, including in the brain. By binding to receptors in the brain, cannabinoids can influence emotional processes.

1. Stress Reduction and Relaxation

One of the most well-documented benefits of cannabis is its potential to reduce stress and induce relaxation.

Cannabis use can lead to the release of dopamine, called the feel-good hormone, which can uplift your mood and induce a sense of calm.

Both THC and CBD interact with the brain’s reward system, leading to an increase in pleasurable sensations and positive emotions. In fact, many medical marijuana patients medicinally use cannabis as a mood booster and stress reliever.

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2. Creativity and Emotional Expression

Many artists have claimed that cannabis enhances their creative processes and emotional expression. This is attributed to cannabis’s psychoactive effects helping artists get out of their box and comfort zone, allowing them to tap into new inspiration.

Because of this, it’s become commonplace for artists to eat a THC gummy or roll a joint before beginning a creative project.

While the link between creativity and cannabis is anecdotal, a large percentage of creatives do use cannabis.

Whether this is because creatives are more likely to use cannabis or because cannabis inspires creativity is hard to say, but it’s possible both are true.

3. Anxiety and Paranoia

Cannabis has stress-relieving effects, but if you overindulge it can make you feel more stressed out, causing effects like anxiety and paranoia. That’s why it’s a good idea to start low and go slow when you’re trying a new cannabis product.

By dosing properly, you can ensure that you’ll have a positive experience. Remember, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing!

The Emotional Effects of Cannabis

If you regularly use cannabis or are interested in trying it, it’s crucial to recognize the potential emotional effects. Cannabis has shown promise in providing positive benefits that enhance a sense of well-being.

However, to enjoy these effects, you have to use it responsibly, being mindful of your dosage and tolerance. Consuming too much cannabis can lead to effects that will have a negative impact on your mindset and emotions. As with any substance, moderation is key to having a positive experience. If you want more 1 on 1 support on anything included on this topic, you can hire me as your Behavioral Change Coach.

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