Cannabis Effects on the Mind, Body, and Creativity

Mar 06, 2021

Cannabis has many diverse effects that result in emotional, psychological, and physical benefits. The amount of groundbreaking research and studies backing this claim is insurmountable. This led to the legalization of medical marijuana and now, for recreational use in several countries. 

Cannabis consumers describe its effects in a myriad of ways. When stimulated, the endocannabinoid system can produce cerebral and sensory effects, which explains the many effects cannabis brings to a person. 

If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably experienced some of the things we’re going to discuss. However, it’s important for every cannabis consumer to actually examine its benefits to raise positive awareness of this powerful medicinal plant. 

First, let’s look at the more scientific aspect of cannabis effects in the field of medicine and treatments.

Cannabis Effects Aiding Medicine and Treatments

Cannabis has a long history as a medicinal plant, dating back to two millennia. Its use as medicinal relief is being widely acknowledged, with many government and independently funded studies proving its many benefits.

A close-up image of a flowering cannabis plant

The central nervous system is packed with CB1 receptors, to which the cannabinoids bind onto. These receptors send messages throughout the body, when binded, and produce effects of relaxation that can dampen pain, which explains why many consume cannabis for pain relief.  

While THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for more out-of-this-world cannabis effects, CBD does not induce mind-altering or psychoactive highs. In fact, it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective remedy for chronic pain. 

Based on an extensive study performed by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, here are some therapeutic benefits of consuming cannabis for many ailments.

Common Ailments that are Eased with Cannabis

  1. Chronic Pain
  2. Spasticity (Multiple Sclerosis)
  3. Nausea and Vomiting
  4. Seizures
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Glaucoma
  7. Cachexia
  8. Traumatic Brain Injuries
  9. Dystonia

With the many current and, possibly more studies focusing on the therapeutic effects of THC and CBD, it won’t be long until cannabis consumption becomes a household term for a “cure all.” Well, at least that is what we are all hoping for.

Ready for the fun part?

Cannabis Effects on an Emotional and Psychological Level

The cannabis plant contains more than 500 chemical constituents, with more than 100 identified cannabinoids. When consumed, these chemicals interact with a communication network in our brains that produce a wide range of psychological effects, explaining the rollercoaster of emotions that can occur after smoking. 

Depending on the strain they choose to light up, cannabis consumers often feel:

  1. Happy
  2. Relaxed
  3. Euphoric
  4. At ease
  5. “Floaty”
  6. Focused
  7. Productive
  8. Hazy

Suffice to say that when cannabis consumers feel a bit stressed out, they light one up and immediately feel its positive effects on an emotional level. Additionally, CBD has also been found to have antipsychotic effects, and many consume it to ease mental concerns, such as anxiety and depression.

Common Mental Concerns that are Eased with Cannabis

  1. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  2. Depression
  3. Anxiety
  4. Sleep Disorders
  5. Addiction

Physical Cannabis Effects

“It’s just a plant. It just grows like that. And when you happen to set it on fire, there are some effects… hungry, happy, sleepy, that’s it!” said the famous comedian, Katt Williams, when describing the effects of consuming cannabis in one of his specials

He isn’t wrong, however, the effects of cannabis on a physical level truly depend on the strains you choose to smoke. A sativa-dominant strain could bear more lively effects, while indica strains offer a sense of calmness and relaxation, and an immobilization effect that cannasseurs call “couch lock.”

Here are more common body-centric cannabis effects: 

  1. Increased appetite or thirst (munchies!)
  2. Increased heart rate
  3. A “tingly” feeling
  4. Numbness of the limbs
  5. Watery or itchy eyes
  6. Occasional head rush
  7. Increased or decreased energy levels

A woman painting in her studio

Cannabis Effects on Creativity

There are lots of creatively written reviews of various strains out there that allow consumers to have an idea of what they’re getting themselves into. Some are funny, poetic, and can even be considered quirky narratives.

There is actually a neurological reason why these often funny and creative reviews happen upon consuming cannabis. Taking CBD increases the blood flow to the frontal lobe in the brain, which is its creative epicenter. It’s responsible for the many functions that contribute to creative thinking. 

It also explains why many artists such as musicians, painters, writers, and filmmakers, take advantage of its effects and often glorify it through their art to raise positive awareness. If we try to list the names of countless artists who have advocated cannabis consumption to enhance creativity in their respective fields, we might not have enough space in our entire website to accommodate them all! 

All kidding aside, the effects of cannabis on creativity transformed societies and dictated cultures all over the world, dating back to neolithic and ancient times. It sounds a bit crazy, but just like how we mentioned in our edibles blog post, it has been scientifically proven that consuming cannabis is connected to what anthropologists call “the great leap” of human culture when art, music, and agriculture all began. 
In a more modern sense, it has been found that consuming CBD provides a set of calming effects for the creative mindset, a great addition to the mind-altering properties of THC that artists seem to enjoy.

Ready to Feel these Cannabis Effects?

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