Either for medicinal or recreational purposes, the legalization of cannabis has become one of the hottest topics in the US. Lawmakers, medical experts, and other heavy influencers are in a constant verbal battle to figure out if the plant should be accessible freely to people that want it.
But, looking beyond the political debate, the fact is that marijuana is among the most popular substances on the planet. More than half of Americans have admitted to trying cannabis in one form or another.
And the support for marijuana has never been stronger — more than 60% of the population are backing the legalization of marijuana..
And, this got us thinking…
Even if you hit the same bong in a group, regular cannabis users will be the first to tell you that each person experiences a slightly different high.
But, does gender have anything to do with it?
In this article, we’ll discuss the effects that cannabis has on women and men, point out the differences, and explain the reasoning behind each discrepancy.
A Brief Chemistry Lesson
Before delving into the distinct effects cannabis has on women and men, let’s have a brief chemistry lesson (seriously, it’ll be brief).
Let’s go over the effects of marijuana in the human brain.
In a nutshell, marijuana contains a lot of different types of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that are naturally present in the brain, in slightly different forms.
The two most famous (or infamous) cannabinoids found in weed are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. In other words, it’s the stuff that gets you high. The reason why THC causes psychoactive effects is that it’s similar to anandamide, another cannabinoid that is present naturally in the human brain.
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that attaches to the gap between our brain cells. This chemical compound is believed to play a role in regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and memory.
Because it has a similar structure, THC attaches to our neurons instead of anandamide and alters the rate at which they fire. Besides affecting the way we perceive things, cannabis also affects the levels of dopamine in your body, which results in a sense of euphoria or relaxation.
Now, we know what you’re thinking – if the chemical reaction is the same, the effects will surely be the same, right?
How Cannabis Affects Women and Men Differently
With some studies already showing that alcohol may be more dangerous for women than for men, it’s normal to wonder if cannabis has different effects depending on your gender.
But, before going into the effects of cannabis, always remember that there is still a lot of scientific research that needs to be conducted in general, let alone on men and women separately.
Weed remains a Schedule I drug, the most dangerous classification according to the DEA. This means that you need a special permission from the government to run any studies. And this, of course, is extremely difficult to obtain in the United States. Therefore, most studies have been carried out with reduced samples or under other conditions that don’t give them full scientific credibility.
That being said, there are a few concrete facts about the effects and usage rates of cannabis, based on gender.
Cannabis has a direct effect on what is known as reward memory, regardless of gender.
Different studies compiled by the British Journal of Pharmacology conclude that this intricate system produces chemical reactions in your brain. These control the feeling of satisfaction that smoking weed and any other pleasurable experience provides.
Despite the fact that measuring stress levels is tricky, many habitual cannabis users claim that cannabis reduces their tensions levels. Small-scale research carried out at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Chicago suggests that low doses of THC can help reduce reported stress levels in men and women.
Cognitive function is an umbrella term that encompasses all cerebral activities that result in knowledge. This includes memory, reasoning, coordination, language, and other actions that fall into that category.
Taking cannabis in one way or another causes some pretty powerful chemical reactions in your body. While you may feel lucid and in control, you should avoid driving and operating other heavy machinery.
And yes, this goes for both guys and gals.
How Cannabis Affects Women
- Psychotropic Effect: Studies suggest that THC has a stronger, longer-lasting effect in women when their estrogen levels peak and begin to decline.
- Improved Pain Relief: Not only is the psychoactive sensation enhanced, but women also tend to experience improved pain relief effects when their estrogen levels are high.
- Develop Tolerance Faster: Research conducted at Washington State also suggested that women tend to develop tolerance to THC faster than men.
- Enhanced Libido: Finally, female research subjects also experienced increased libido when exposed to cannabis, but only if taken in low dosages.
How Cannabis Affects Men
- Less Pain Relief: Because men don’t experience changes in hormone levels, they experience lower instances of pain relief when compared to women.
- More Likely to Exacerbate Certain Behavior: A research team at the University of York found that men may experience psychotic episodes more frequently than women. At the same time, this can also be attributed to the fact that men are more likely to develop psychosis-like conditions as a whole.
- Stagnant Psychotropic Effects: Similarly to the pain relief, men tend to experience lighter psychotropic effects, as opposed to women.
Finding the Best Bud in Town
Regardless of your gender, chances are you’re looking for a reliable dispensary in Seattle that provides quality marijuana at great prices.
At Diego Pellicer, our team of trained budtenders will be more than happy to help you find the perfect fit for you.
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