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Things you can do to enhance the effects of cannabis

Published Jan 31, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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People use cannabis for so many different reasons that it’s nearly impossible to list them all in one place, but all users report one thing in common, and it is that cannabinoids make them feel better in one way or another. These feelings, sensations, and the sometimes overwhelming stereotypical “high” are all triggered by the many elements in cannabis, like terpenes and cannabinoids – all of which have a profound impact on the body.

Everyone wants to know how to be happy in this life, and cannabis combined with other healthy day-to-day activities may just hold the key.

The effects of cannabis on the body

Cannabinoids interact with the body using the endocannabinoid system to trigger the release of hormones, neurotransmitters, and other naturally produced chemicals that can help to balance the way we feel and how our bodies function. Terpenes deliver scents that can also influence how we feel, as our brains associate different smells with unique situations that may be calming or even invigorating.

Consumers may harness the effects of cannabis, but this glorious plant isn’t the only thing that works to deliver such powerful results.

How to enhance those benefits

Cannabis offers a wide array of benefits and effects that can leave us feeling wonderful, but did you know that there are things you can do to intensify those sensations? That’s right! All of the elements you’ll find listed here are often produced as a result of consuming cannabis products, and we’re going to show you some of the things you can do to amplify and enhance the experience.

Dopamine

Dopamine is the body’s way of rewarding you for doing things that make you feel good. This neurotransmitter is really easy to trigger if you do any of the following things to get the ball rolling.

  1. Listen to your favourite upbeat music

  2. Indulge in some sweets or a sugary drink

  3. Scratch something off your to-do list

  4. Get a good night's sleep

Endorphins

Endorphins are the body's way of naturally reducing pain and stress, and they’re also known to enhance pleasure. The following activities all work to stimulate the production of endorphins.

1. Start exercising (and it doesn’t have to be an intense workout)

2. Vaporize, burn or wear essential oils

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3. Indulge in some high-quality dark chocolate

4. Watch a good comedy special, or do something else that makes you laugh

Serotonin

Serotonin helps to reduce anxiety, increase happiness, improve sleep, and work to regulate mood, providing a whole lot of relief when we need it the most. If you want to amp up your body’s production of serotonin, then we highly recommend combining cannabinoids with these activities.

  1. Soak in as much sunshine as possible

  2. Go for a long walk or hike

  3. Meditate or do yoga

  4. Engage in a cardio workout

Oxytocin

Oxytocin, also known as the bonding hormone, helps us to feel more connected to those around us, and it makes us feel really good. If you’re looking to boost your levels of this amazing, naturally-produced chemical then this list of things you can do is an excellent place to start.

  1. Spend some time cuddling and petting your cat or dog

  2. Give someone you love a big hug

  3. Do something nice for someone

  4. Hold hands with someone you care about

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