Cannabis & the Newcomer

You’ve just shared a bowl of top shelf medicine and you and your friends feel like you are floating around in a zero gravity bouncy castle. But your new-to-cannabis buddy is watching you bounce as if from a great distance. A great, bemused, and UNTOASTED distance...

Did they not do it correctly? You immediately launch into a demonstration of the proper way to take a hit, making sure to advise taking it in deeply and letting it out after a three or four seconds. Holding it longer is counter productive, you explain - more than enough THC to get you high is absorbed almost instantaneously and holding it merely insures that all the unhealthy tars and by-products stay in your lungs as long as possible…

OK, maybe Cannabis’ effects are simply too subtle for first timers. Like many things, an acquired taste must be achieved and a ‘rite of passage’ undergone before one is able to experience effects that are going on just below awareness. But your friend is there to experience the effects and enjoy some relief from their ailment. You’d think they’d notice something…

There’s another possibility. Maybe your noob physically can’t get high - maybe the physical connections aren't even in place yet. Maybe initial exposures to THC kick-start the body’s endocannabinoid system and, magically, (or through interactions with aliens) - or even natural causes - inspire the brain to grow the connections that allow the range of medical and other benefits of THC, CBD and the rest of the cannabinoid entourage to bond to the proper receptors and allow your persevering pal to get baked!

Actually, minus the stuff about magic and aliens, there is some evidence to suggest that something like that is what is actually taking place! Studies exist which appear to demonstrate that CB1-receptors multiply after exposure to THC - although the experiment was made in immune cells, not brain cells. If a similar mechanism exists in the brain, then this could well explain what is taking place.

Or it's probably aliens…