Lift Your Mood
Hysterical fits of laughter or giggling, unusual yet profound thoughts, and mad amounts of munchies is what you might usually associate with ‘getting high’. While this may sound like a Friday night get together, in the terms of ‘moods’…it doesn’t sound all that bad, right? Euphoria, happiness, clarity, and mind stimulation are all effects of marijuana that can be useful in everyday life. Whether a night to kick back and relax, or managing daily stresses and moods…marijuana can help.
BREAKING DOWN THE BUD
The growth in legalization has increased our knowledge of what’s really in our bud. Now, more than just lighting up with your buddies, marijuana is being advocated as a natural medicine and reliever of ‘bad mood’ like symptoms.
So what’s in the breakdown of the plant that promotes positivity? THC, CBD, CBN and a variety of compounds that work with your internal receptors to increase dopamine and serotonin.
Studies show that THC ‘causes increased dopamine release and neuron activity’. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for our inner reward system. Dopamine can also be delivered when performing other tasks that make you ‘happy’ like eating, sleep, or sex. Hence why your high makes you feel happier, more scientifically.
Serotonin is also a messenger, or neurotransmitter, that communicates throughout the body’s central nervous system. Most importantly, it’s responsible for the body’s regulation of mood and emotion (appetite and sleep too). Cannabinoid receptors are attached to serotonin neurons, so when consuming a form of Cannabis, serotonin levels are increased.
Now you know a little more about why, but what about how? Let’s take a look at different strains and characteristics of the plant, that can turn any frown upside down.
ALL THE WAY UP
Down in the dumps, or feeling low? Light up and lift yourself out of that funk! Euphoric or overall uplifting effects are delivered from a variety of marijuana strains. Most consistently, a plant with limonene, or linalool terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic oils produced by the plant, that also provide a plethora of its effects.
Limonene is often found in sativa strains but can be simply sought by citrus scented bud. and linalool is associated with floral or lavender (purp) like nugs. Linalool can be found in ‘kush’ or ‘haze’ named strains.
For overall stress and anxiety, a few cannabis characteristics will clear the way to relief. While limonene and linalool could help, plants with Caryophyllene terpenes will more specifically address those anxious feelings.
Caryophyllene provides an aroma of woodiness, or cloves. Strains showing higher levels of the stress relieving scent include OG Kush, Chemdawg, Skywalker OG, Sour Diesel or any hybrids of.
Research has also recently shown that choosing pot products high in CBD, and lower in THC can provide an optimal combination to combat stress, depression and anxiety.
FINE TUNE YOUR MIND
Like musicians or artists, from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley, cannabis has been connected to effects awe-inspiring versus couch locking. Along with minimizing negative moods, marijuana can also assist with improving focus and creativity.
The terpene Pinene is attributed most to improving focus and alertness. Pinene is prevalent in well-known strains like Jack Herer, Blue Dream, Strawberry Cough, and Trainwreck. Pinene heavy plants can also promote creativity. Like the name suggests, it is found in pine or earthy scented flower.
MULTI-FACETED MOOD ENHANCEMENT
Keep in mind, each plant has its’ own unique set and combination of compounds that can counteract one another. Perspectively, there are nearly 100 different terpenes with varying effects. To accurately know what strain will deliver what reaction and how, do your research prior to boosting your mood.
So kick back and relax, and read up, to manage your frame of mind and feelings with marijuana.