We all know that marijuana has a multitude of physical side effects. Examples include pain relief, anti-inflammation, and sensory numbing. But when it comes to emotional attributes, Cannabis can bring on a host of feelings that can range from happy, to sad, to scared.
Here’s how cannabis can affect your mood.
Feelings of Euphoria
For many, marijuana can immediately bring on a sense of pure bliss. And for this heavenly experience, users turn to cannabis to cure themselves when having a bad day or battling with depression. Marijuana can help greatly — at least temporarily.
Feelings of Distortion
Cannabis directly affects the brain which can lead to difficulty in thinking and learning. For plenty of smokers, marijuana can lead to feelings of time delays and reality distortions. A sense of slow-down in time and existence on a different plane are not uncommon.
Feelings of Forgetfulness
Long-time users may experience feelings of forgetfulness. For some, it might be difficult to recall events, remember short-term memories, and form new ones.
Feelings of Paranoia
A setback that plenty of users have experienced is a sense of panic and anxiety while on marijuana. While many turn to cannabis to elevate their mood, sometimes using too much at a time can bring on intense paranoia. At this stage, thoughts get magnified and bad feelings can be exacerbated.
Feelings of Disinterest
While marijuana can be an extremely social drug, long-term users may begin to lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Excessive use may cause the person to withdraw from family, work, school, or social events.
Feelings of Depression
Sometimes, negative feelings can rear its ugly head. Emotional states may include depressive moods, anger, aggression, restlessness, and irritability. It’s important to understand how marijuana affects you before relying on it and/or using it regularly as medicine.
Feelings of Creativity
Cannabis can help you see things from a totally different perspective. According to Artsy, Dr. Alice Weaver Flaherty — a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, specializing in deep brain stimulation — finds that the relationship between pot and creativity may lie in the brain’s frontal lobe.
Her findings report people with high creativity display more frontal lobe activity and marijuana use can stimulate that area of the brain.
Feelings of Patience
Cannabis can bring on a calming effect which comes in handy when dealing with tense situations. Perfect for handling long lines, big crowds, and seemingly never-ending events. Pot’s patience-inducer can make all the difference in how you deal with an otherwise unpleasant experience.
Factors to Consider
While pot can lead to all of these emotions and more, there are several factors to consider. Your tolerance, the strain, and your personality. For example a paranoid person looking to chill out, may experience a temporary calming effect. But if used too much at the time and/or too often in general, they may actually end up heightening their anxiety. It’s important to understand your unique reaction to pot in order to get the most out of your experience.