A night of drinking beers with your BFFs will leave you feeling pretty shitty the next morning. However, unlike drinking, smoking weed doesn't result in a deathly hangover. So you can get lit with your squad and still feel pretty amazing the next day. There's nothing better than getting stoned and stuffing your face with an endless array of snacks. But have you ever wondered why marijuana makes food taste soВ magical?
A study published in Nature NeuroscienceВ found that, thanks to THC's effect on the brain's cannabinoid receptors,В food appears more appetizing as a result of a heightened sense of smell. Therefore, it's probably a good idea to stock up on bagel bites and Dino nuggets before you spark up. There's a stigma surroundingВ marijuana use that it makes you lazy. However, not all strains of cannabis turn you into a complete couch potato. Research has supported a link between the brain's CB-1 and CB-2 cannabinoid receptors and dopamine. Essentially, small doses of marijuana won't hurt your efficiency level, and an increase in dopamine levels gives you the focus you need to get your shit done. If you're looking for a little pick-me-up, swap out your coffee and smoke a Sativa-dominant strain like Sour Diesel or Jack Herer, instead. While there is considerable debate over the long-term effect marijuana has on sleep cycles, someВ feel that smoking a bowl before bedtime actsВ as aВ better sleep aid than other substances, like alcohol and certain sleeping-inducing medications. (Unfortunately, though, it's said that marijuana'sВ effectiveness as a sleep aid decreases with increased usage.) 12. Marijuana is also known to disturb the sleep cycle and suppress REM sleep.
Since dreams occurring during this type of sleep, marijuana can be used to interrupt this REM sleep and eliminate your full capacity to dream, thus eliminating your nightmares. Everyone respects someone who can roll a blunt that's lit AF. Every pothead knows rolling the perfect joint or blunt is basically a form of art. Learning how to roll an impressiveВ blunt takes a lot of time and practice to master, so people will always respect a stoner who has decent rolling skills. An article published in a 2010 Harvard Mental Health Letter also suggestedВ marijuana alleviated symptoms of anxiety when administered in small doses. The article also mentionedВ that small doses of THC act as a sedative, decreasing symptoms of anxiety. So the next time you can't stop worrying about something, break out the weed. Ripping the bong can actually be good for your lungs. A study published in theВ Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that marijuana smoke is not detrimental to your lungs. In fact, past studiesВ found lighting up can briefly increaseВ your lung capacity in the short term. Aron Janssen, MD is board certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and is the vice chair of child and adolescent psychiatry Northwestern University. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 20% of young adults (between the ages of 18 and 25) used marijuana in 2016. This eye-opening statistic supports the importance of developing interventions that target people in young adulthood, which is the prime time when marijuana is being introduced and habits are forming. But in order for experts to develop effective interventions, they need to understand exactly why young adults use marijuana. Based on research, here are some possible reasons why a young adult may smoke or ingest marijuana: Peer Pressure. Peer pressure is an obvious reason that young adults begin smoking marijuana. As a person adjusts to high school, college, or a new job or vocation, he or she is forming new friendships and sorting out personal identity and ways of socializing. The bottom line here is that during a vulnerable time of transition, a person's social environment can be particularly influential when it comes to experimenting with marijuana. This does not mean that teens are using marijuana because they are pressured to do so by their friends. Instead, the normalization of drug use within their social group makes it more likely that they will use it as well. That peer group, however, is not limited to their friends at school, but also to members of their own families. In other words, when a young adult witnesses older members of their family using marijuana, that can be a big influence.
Besides peers and family, pop culture is another means of peer pressure. Depictions of marijuana in movies, television, and social media also contribute to the normalization of marijuana use. Due to the fact that there are few research studies examining the detrimental health effects of long-term marijuana use, some people perceive marijuana as "harmless," potentially making it more appealing than tobacco or other illicit drugs. However, there are both psychological and physical health effects of using marijuana. Short-term use of marijuana may lead to memory and thinking problems, loss of coordination, anxiety, and altered senses. Long-term marijuana use has been found to increase a person's heart rate, increase their risk for lung infections, weaken their immune system, and be associated with temporary hallucinations and paranoia.
In addition, compared to people who do not use marijuana, those who use it report poorer physical and mental health, more relationship problems, and lower life satisfaction. Lastly, marijuana use can develop into a substance abuse disorder and, with severe use, can lead to addiction. Teens may also use marijuana to self-treat mental health conditions such as anxiety and mood disorders.