Cannabis and relaxation tend to go hand-in-hand. 22% or 55 million adults in the U.S.A report using cannabis to achieve a relaxed state, while in Canada, 14% or 4.2 million people are using cannabis for the same effects.
Many cannabis consumers prefer to pair cannabis with their favourite relaxing activity, such as yoga or taking a bath. Whatever a consumer’s preferences may be, cannabis can certainly help individuals achieve a Zen state of mind and body.
How Does It Work?
Stress affects a constellation of physiological systems in the body and evokes a rapid shift in many neurobehavioral processes. A growing body of work indicates that the endocannabinoid system is an integral regulator of the stress response. Additionally, in almost every brain region examined, exposure to chronic stress reliably causes a downregulation or loss of cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors.
Cannabidiols, or the active compounds in cannabis such as THC and CBD, act on the body’s endocannabinoid system, including CB1 receptors. The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals and is partially responsible for regulating numerous functions in the body, including stress reactions. Endocannabinoid receptors can be found on almost all organs in the body and receive both naturally produced cannabinoids and those introduced into the body.
When cannabidiols act on receptors, they may aid in relaxing muscles and tension throughout the body, decrease inflammation, and cause stress to melt away. These effects make the consumer feel relaxed, less stressed, and generally cause a feeling of happiness. Physiologically, ingested cannabinoids may balance an unbalanced endocannabinoid system, and decrease the body’s stress response.