How does cannabis affect and control appetite, stress, and fertility.

Many know first-hand how cannabis exerts subtle or not-so-subtle effects over our mood, sleep, and appetite.

So it’s clear the plant interacts with our hormones in some way.

Cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a neuro-modulating system that maintains balance

It is already known to elevate appetite and pleasure, we experience this when eating. 

Also cannabis users also tend to have lower BMIs and waist circumferences than non-users.

Cannabis also appears to influence insulin concentrations.

When the right concentration of insulin is circulating in the blood, glucose is transported into cells to become fuel to maintain energy levels.

However, when participants were given a brownie infused with THC, the insulin spike was blunted.

Regardless of whether cannabis was consumed orally, smoked or vaporized, insulin levels remained considerably lower than the controls. 

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Regular cannabis consumers often debate whether weed boosts or stifles sex drive.

It is responsible for reproductive functions like uterine contractions during labor and breastfeeding.

On the other hand, cannabis appears to boost the female sex drive.

In a study of women who reported using marijuana before sex, 68.5% divulged that their overall sexual experience was more pleasurable, 60.6%.

THC in cannabis typically increase immune response level individual experiences of effects will vary based on frequency of use.

For occasional consumers, an increase in cortisol can increase blood pressure and provoke anxiety.

Long-term consumers can become habituated to this regular cortisol spike, less intense response to the actual stress

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