UNDERSTANDING THE RISK OF MARIJUANA TOLERANCE
- November 24, 2018
While we fully understand how portions of the medical community have regarded the marijuana plant as an essential alternative medicine, you have to remember that the little green herb is still (with very few exceptions) a mind-altering drug. As is the case, long-term use can eventually take its toll. Chances are, people who frequently consume or smoke the cannabis plant will develop a notoriously high tolerance for THC (the psychoactive chemical that induces “highs”). Although scientists have not officially determined if this “weed tolerance” is necessarily a bad thing (given the fact that there are far more dangerous drugs a person can develop a tolerance for), some researchers are still considering the why marijuana tolerance is not a good thing. Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Immunity to “Highs”
First of all, we must ask one question: is it possible for a person to be immune to “getting high”? In short, the answer is a stiff “no.” While certain people might have a natural tolerance for certain chemicals in marijuana, no one can escape the catatonic relaxation of a harsh buzz of THC-rich marijuana.
However, scientists have confirmed that people can be “desensitized” to the effects of THC, in the same manner that an opioid addict eventually becomes tolerant of painkillers. Once a person continues taking large quantities of THC, their bodies will grow accustomed to the cannabinoid. Simply put, “marijuana tolerance” occurs when THC-rich plants (or edibles) simply do not produce a strong effect over a period of time.
Into a Frenzy
So what is the major problem with this condition? When people become “marijuana tolerant,” they send their endocannabinoid systems into a frenzied tailspin, meaning the cannabinoid receptors have downregulated. However, the good news is that, unlike other drugs, marijuana will leave the system rather quickly. After two days of abstinence from THC-rich marijuana, the cannabinoid receptors completely return to normal. Recently, scientists confirmed this truth after a study on teen brains, which showcased that young marijuana smokers’ experienced a boost in IQ after abstinence.
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