Before my first trip to the recreational cannabis dispensary, I wanted to be well-informed.
Despite it being legal for recreational purposes, cannabis is a psychoactive drug. I was a little worried about buying something far too potent and having a bad experience. I was simply looking for a way to better relax on the weekends. My job is extremely stressful and demanding. I work very long hours, keep up with tight deadlines and carry a great deal of responsibility. While I am very well-paid and happy with my career, I find it difficult to enjoy my free time. I struggle to separate my personal life from the job. This stress and tension can result in insomnia, headaches, skin rashes, slight depression and painful joints. I’ve had some success with massage, yoga and aerobic exercise. Reading up on cannabis, I learned that the plant has been used in medicine, religious ceremonies and for recreation for centuries. The plant offers over a hundred recognized cannabinoids, and each one has a unique effect on the body. The two most abundant and well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is associated with the “high”sensation. CBD is showing promise for curative effects and helps to balance the psychoactive effects of THC. When consumed, the cannabinoids influence receptors found throughout the body and body. The receptors send signals that stimulate the body’s reaction and work toward homeostasis. The signaling network of natural cannabinoids and receptors is called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The ECS impacts everything from sleep, mood and memory to pain and reproduction.