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Can we really get high on watermelon sugar (or whatever Harry Styles means by that word)?
It look like we can get high with almost anything, and we don’t even need it to be a real thing, because our organism is designed to produce by itself the substances that can make us feel good.
You indeed heard of endorphins, serotonin, dopamine & co. They are the so-called happiness hormones, natural antidepressants that help us live better and help our immune system keep us healthy. But recently (in 1992), researchers discovered a system in our body that complements the one producing endorphins and supplements it. It is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), named after cannabis because our body itself produces some of the substances found in our beloved plant. ECS is often referred to as the “bridge between mind and body.”
Two substances act on receptors present almost everywhere in our body: THC and CBD. The first one is responsible for the high sensation caused by marijuana. At the same time, CBD has relaxing abilities and many other properties that have made it the subject of thousands of scientific studies.
The following video explains everything in a simple way.
But if you want to become a real expert on the endocannabinoid system, check out the following links.
The endocannabinoid system explained in-depth with the seriousness and authority of Wikipedia. Discover everything that is known about the functioning of this system and its countless functions.
The endogenous cannabinoid system—named for the plant that led to its discovery—is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout…An interesting and fun experiment conducted by the BBC together with Dr Saoirse O'Sullivan at the University of Nottingham revealed that singing dramatically raises endocannabinoid levels, providing a natural high.
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THC and CBD are not the only components of cannabis. There is also a group of substances (more than one hundred) that contribute to creating the personality of every single strain of cannabis. We are talking about terpenes, substances ubiquitous in the vegetal world, which we also find in wine and give the bouquet of aroma typical of every wine and every weed.
Terpenes are organic compounds that provide aroma and flavor in cannabis and a variety of other organisms, including plants.
So our bodies take in cannabinoids very well and love terpenes. But it takes more than that.
One of the most important findings about cannabis is the so-called entourage effect: the effects of cannabis are given by the way all the components work together, rather than by the individual elements. This aspect is gaining more and more credit among scientists, find out about it here:
Industry players swear pot’s many chemicals work in concert, but most scientists hear a THC solo.
As research continues to unveil the mysteries of cannabis, the Entourage Effects gains credibility
Are you lost? No problem. The infographic below summarizes it all with a picture.
Infographic from Canna-tech.co
As with many predominantly indica strains, Watermelon’s high has a slow onset. The effects may begin as a tingle around the eyes and forehead. This odd sensation soon warps into a warm feeling that envelops the entire body.
Watermelon Indica-Dominant Hybrid Cannabis Strain
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