Many of us who smoke on the regular are well aware that dagga treats everyone differently. Some people thoroughly enjoy it, some get all paranoid and anxious, and for some it just doesn’t really do much. But there is a pretty good explanation for this, and I’m gonna try to break it down for you.
All humans have what is called an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in our bodies. This system is vital in regulating bodily functions such as sleep, well being, hunger and overall health. This system helps homeostasis in the body and keeps everything working together optimally. The way the system works is that the body has naturally occurring compounds and endocannabinoids that act on certain receptors within this system. These endocannabinoids activate or deactivate certain receptors in order to perform certain functions.
Of course, each person is an individual, so they will have their own makeup and balance of these various chemicals in their bodies. Everyone is different and unique, and we don’t all have the same balance of chemicals. This is the main reason everyone can have a different experience with cannabis. The compounds we consume through dagga will act in accordance with the pre-existing levels in our body.
Cannabis itself has compounds called cannabinoids (as opposed to endocannabinoids already existing in our bodies) that further act on these receptors in our ECS. So when smoking on some bud, we are allowing the cannabinoids to enter our systems and further influence our ECS. Seeing as we all have different levels of these naturally occurring compounds already existing in our systems, the addition of new ones will have a relative impact. A person with X amount of these endocannabinoids will have a different experience with the number of cannabinoids provided by White Widow when consumed, as opposed to another person with Z amount of endocannabinoids in their system.
We are all different people consuming cannabis for different reasons at the end of the day. Our individual chemical makeup is the reason that we can all have vastly different experiences with cannabis as opposed to the next person.
If you ain’t chokin’, you ain’t tokin’
– Stoner Steve