Is it harder to get high as a medical patient? If you want to know more about whether this is the case or not, keep reading down below.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a cell-signaling system in the human body. It has a huge range of roles and plays a part in regulating processes and functions in many bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, memory, mood, and a number of others. It’s important to understand that even if you don’t use cannabis, the ECS still exists in your body. This system consists of endocannabinoids, enzymes, and receptors. Endocannabinoids bind to the receptors when the ECS needs to take action in some parts of your body. It will depend on which receptor it binds to and where the receptor is to determine the effect. For example, it could bind to relieve pain or to let your body know that there is inflammation somewhere.
THC is one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis, and it interacts with the ECS by binding to your receptors the same way an endocannabinoid does. THC is the compound that is responsible for giving you that high feeling when you use cannabis, it can bind with both main receptors found in the human body and can have a number of impacts. For example, it can help to relieve pain, but it can also cause paranoia in some cases. Experts are trying to synthetically produce THC that only provides positive impacts on the ECS.
It is not currently known all of the functions or how the ECS works exactly, but what is known is that the vast range of the ECS means that it can be beneficial for several things. It can aid appetite, help inflammation and other immune system issues, aid sleep, and so much more, making it potentially helpful in the medical world.
Cannabis is being used to treat a number of medical conditions. Of course, you should speak to your doctor about the use of cannabis as there may be side effects that you need to know about before you can agree to try it. It is used to treat different things from pain, appetite loss, some types of cancer, and other conditions that a person may have. It is not something that you hear a lot about because the research surrounding cannabis for medical use isn’t very expansive just yet, but hopefully, there will be more work done on it in the future to provide a better understanding.
Experts still don’t fully understand the scope of cannabis for medical use as there has not been rigorous testing, but it is becoming a more accepted treatment now.
Different Levels Of Tolerance
The issue that experts have with the lack of knowledge of the ECS is that it could be as unique to an individual as a fingerprint. This means that each person will need a different amount of cannabis to get high, and it’s not possible to know what the right dose is going to be. Due to this, it could be the case that for patients who are using cannabis often, they just don’t experience getting high in the same way that they used to. As such, there is always that bit of a buzz, it just isn’t noticeable anymore because they are so used to it. What this means is that they have built up such a tolerance to cannabis from using it for an extended period.
But, as we mentioned, it’s not possible to have an accurate idea as to what the tolerance of each individual is. It could end up with a large person needing a small amount, and a small person needing a large amount in order to feel the high. It all depends on the ECS of the individual, but without the proper research into the area, it’s not going to be possible to know exactly what is best.
This is just a theory, though, as there is no evidence to suggest this is the case, seeing as there has been very little in the way of research when it comes to cannabis causing a high in medical patients. There could be more to it, but right now, it seems that if you are a medical patient, then it could be difficult for you to get high due to your tolerance.
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