“Why make a category for everything? The world lives on the brink of destruction, people are as apathetic as ever, and chronological whimsical forms of the structure are the things that are keeping us down. Fuck the system, Fuck the structure, and BY GOD here at Stoner Schematics we say FUCK Categories (…sometimes).”
What is actually occurring in your brain when you smoke cannabis? This question is the central theme of the video above, “Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana,” created by AsapScience, a YouTube Channel dedicated to addressing a new, user-submitted, scientific question each week. For Asap, the answer lies in the psychological, physiological, and fundamental composition of the brain. Any movement, hormone adjustment, or function of the brain is carried out by electrical signals, which are passed between the axon of one neuron and the dendrite of another through chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Essentially, if the neuron is excited by the signal, then it proceeds to pass it down the line to complete the action, but if it is inhibited, the signal stops, ceasing further neuroactivity on that chain.
When you smoke marijuana, the active ingredients, known as cannabinoids, flood into the brain to one of the two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 or CB2, that work together to contribute to controlling the lungs, liver, kidneys, central nervous system, immune system, and hematopoietic cells, among other faculties like memory, learning, cognition, and coordination. Specifically, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC, THC) and Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC) mimic anandamide, an organic, endogenous, and natural neurotransmitter common in the human brain, by causing the exchange of signals between neurons to occur uninhibited. Therefore, according to AsapScience, this is the reason why even the most insignificant ideas seem increasingly sagacious and astucious, before they are swiftly whisked away by the inundation of other novel ruminations. In addition, these cannabinoids affect the production of other neurotransmitters such as dopamine (3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) and norepinephrine (4,5-β-trihydroxyphenethylamine), leading to the three p’s, pain reduction, paranoia, and as aforementioned, profundity.
While this explanation may not be the most in-depth description of the process, I applaud AsapScience for a succinct and successful introduction to the chemical intricacies of consuming cannabis. Certainly, due to prior restrictions, the scientific community has not had the benefit of research funding to study pot thoroughly. However, now, due to the increasing support for medicinal marijuana and, later, legalization, business adventurists have showered in capital calling for cannabis to be scientifically scrutinized for inconsistencies and health hazards, which avails the public with more knowledge about the substance. One day, instead of continuing to hear the old myths surrounding ganja, we will step out into a world where people are intelligibly informed about the harmlessness of marijuana, and it will be because of illuminating projects such as AsapScience.
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