Marijuana is a mixture of dried flowers from a plant called Cannabis sativa that contains around 420 chemical compounds, around 60 of which are called cannabinoids. The most well-studied cannabinoid is called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
When you smoke or ingest marijuana, THC enters your bloodstream from your lungs and is subsequently distributed throughout your body. Cannabinoids such as THC have a variety of physiological effects, including palpitations, dizziness, and coughing, in addition to its actions on your brain, such as euphoria, a sense of relaxation, and heightened sensory perception.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you have experienced some of these effects before. Every individual will have a different set of reactions to marijuana culminating in a unique experience. Ultimately, though, the underlying biological mechanisms driving your subjective experience are shared between people. Our goal is to translate the science behind marijuana’s effects, so that you can better understand how your experience occurs at the molecular level!