Weed makes me paranoid. I ate an edible once and became super panicky and I never want to use cannabis again. Marijuana’s supposed to calm you down, but it always makes me feel the opposite.
You’ve probably heard such remarks — or said them yourself — in recent years as cannabis inches closer to becoming a mainstream recreational activity. While we’ve leapt forward considerably in our understanding of how cannabinoids interact with out endocannabinoid system and how cannabis can positively impact various medical symptoms, we haven’t yet cracked why marijuana makes some people chillax and others not so much.
Thankfully a new study might point to some answers. Scientists from Western University in Ontario, Canada published a paper in Scientific Reports that explored the “divergent psychological effects” produced by marijuana’s psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
“There is not too much known about why there is such differences in response to THC,” researcher Steven R. Laviolette told Yahoo! Lifestyle. “We know a lot about the long-term and short-term effects…But there is very little known about the specific areas in the brain that are responsible for independently controlling those effects.”
To break it down, Laviolette and his colleagues tested the psychological reactions the brain underwent by using rat test subjects. [Read More @ The Chicago Tribune]