You’ll Be Surprised By Some Of The Everyday Things That Are A Lot Like Weed
While there is nothing out there that can fully replace weed, there are a bunch of everyday things and experiences that are surprisingly similar.
Of course, we are not saying that anything replicates the magic of cannabis. It has so many unique characteristics, and does so many different things. It would be impossible to fully mimic what weed has to offer.
With that said, you might be surprised by some of the everyday things that share similarities to weed. Sometimes it is the smell that is similar. Other times it is the taste.
And there are even a few things in everyday life that produce effects similar to weed.
The term “runner’s high” is not just a nice metaphor. Running triggers a euphoric feeling similar to the ones triggered by smoking weed.
In 2015, scientists published a paper describing the entire process. For years, people thought those good feelings came from the exercise-induced release of endorphins.
But this more recent study discovered that running and other physical activities produce positive feelings because they activate the endocannabinoid system. Smoking weed does the same thing to your body.
2. Falling In Love
When you are in love, your body undergoes significant changes. There are the obvious things we associate with being turned on. But there are also things going on inside your body.
One of the most important things that happens is that your body increases its oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps with interpersonal bonding.
It is also a key player in the experience of falling in love. In particular, it produces feelings of pleasure.
Oxytocin triggers happiness in the same way cannabis produces feelings of pleasure. To put it simply, falling in love and smoking weed do very similar things to your brain. That is why they both make you feel good.
To be more precise: when you fall in love, oxytocin triggers the production of what scientists call “marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain.”
Falling in love and smoking weed both activate cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Those receptors, in turn, help you feel happy.
The next time you fall in love, enjoy that euphoric feeling of being high. Because in reality, you kind of are high.