grandpa smokes weed for the first time

Grandpa smokes weed for the first time in his life

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is present in all animals. This system influences a good number of out physiological behaviors such as energy intake(hunger), metabolism, mood, and transport of nutrients. Endocannabinoids are our bodies own form of marijuana and is involved in most of our bodies cells and structures and help control a number of functions through out our bodies different systems(nervous, limbic, immune, ect.). In our nervous system we have neurotransmitters (dopamine,saratonin) that help send electrical signals though the body. At some point in time(think invertebrates) the nervous system acquired a new type of chemical (cannabinoids), these new chemicals have a very similar structure/shape to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The receptors are not in our bodies because there is a plant that produces a chemical that makes them react, but because our bodies produce an chemical that activates those receptors. It is just coincidence that there is a plant chemical(THC) that acts on the receptors too. THC binds to the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, it is this interaction that creates that feeling of being “high”.

Smoking for the first time is different for everyone. Some experience the feeling of being high and some dont. It is not because they are inhaling wrong or not smoking enough necessarily. It is because everybody is different, especially when broken down to the chemical level. The different chemicals binding to different receptors in your body, and your body figuring out how to react to these new chemicals as opposed to the ones our bodies naturally produce. Just because you dont feel high your first time smoking doesnt mean that your body isnt reacting to the THC. Of course smoking a lot in a short period of time will get you high you are just overloading your senses, but that is not the only way people get high their first time smoking.

grandpa is not a liar, you are just ignorant.

Actually kind of heartfelt near the end.

What Happens If You Smoke Marijuana?

Reactions with pot can vary widely

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Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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The reaction you may have when trying marijuana can vary dramatically based on many factors.   Some people report not feeling anything at all when they smoke marijuana. In other cases, people report feeling relaxed or “high.”

Some people who use marijuana report having sudden feelings of anxiety and paranoid thoughts and that might be caused by trying a higher potency marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  

Research also shows that regular use of marijuana is linked to an increased risk of depression, anxiety and a loss of motivation or drive.   You may feel “dopey” on the drug, which is when you begin to lose interest in activities that you might have previously enjoyed or you may lose the ability to grasp concepts easily.

Short-Term Discomforts of Using Weed

The effects of using marijuana can be unpredictable, especially when it is mixed with other drugs, research shows. You may feel relaxed on the drug, but other things you might not be expecting with pot use can include rapid heart rate and other unpleasantries.  

  • Dry mouth
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Accelerated heart rate

Short-Term Hazards

As with any drug or substance that can alter perception, logic and usual behavior, there are several short-term hazards of using marijuana from impairing driving abilities to memory loss.  

  • Learning difficulties
  • Lack of attention and focus
  • Poor driving skills
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Impaired memory
  • Difficulty in thinking

Long-Term Hazards

Any drug that is taken over a prolonged period of time can have an effect on your health. Several of the physical barriers that can occur range from infertility problems to overall brain functions.  

  • An increased risk of developing lung, head, and neck cancers
  • Lack of motivation
  • Decreased sperm count in men
  • Irregular menstruation in women
  • Respiratory problems
  • Heightened risk of infections, especially the lungs
  • Poor short-term memory recall
  • Inability to shift attention normally
  • Inability to understand complex information​

Unpredictable Reactions

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that marijuana can affect each person differently according to their own body chemistry and the type of pot used.   Some people can use weed and never have any negative reactions while others may try it and get entirely freaked out by the experience.

  • Your biology (genetic makeup)
  • Marijuana’s strength (amount of active ingredient THC)
  • Previous experience with the drug
  • How it’s taken (smoked versus ingested)
  • Whether alcohol or other drugs are taken too​

Not Your Grandfather’s Pot

Studies have found that the marijuana available today is much different in terms of potency compared to what was generally available in the 1960s when the use of the drug became widespread in the United States.  

Today’s strains of the plant contain much more of the active ingredient in marijuana: tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, researchers say.   That makes today’s weed much more potent than that smoked by the hippies and flower children of the Woodstock generation.

How marijuana affects the individual user depends on many different factors, including body chemistry and the potency of the drug. ]]>