Is there anything better than having a group of friends around you and laughing till no one else can? One can easily understand if you've ever laughed so hard that you felt like you could burst. Those times may be rare for certain people, but cannabis and particular terpene profiles may aid.
One of the most undervalued therapeutic tools is the ability to have a good laugh with friends. Solid evidence shows that it benefits cardiovascular health, alleviates stress, and boosts mood. The secret is to locate something or someone that can make you laugh out loud. Terpenes with a more substantial effect on the brain will profoundly influence joy, laughing, and general disposition. Both cannabis and humor are linked to the same regions of the brain. The cerebellum, right frontal lobe, and left temporal lobe are the brain regions most affected by cannabis. Marijuana improves circulation in specific locations. Since THC activates CB1 receptors, which are present in higher numbers in the brain than in any other kind of cell, it is possible that THC is to blame. In turn, this activation increases the release of the "happy" neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, making one feel more upbeat and content. To put it simply, cannabis use increases one's humor.
Mango Kush is one of the few strains that appeals equally to taste connoisseurs and outgoing people. Its pungent mango scent inspired the name of this hybrid, which is great for social gatherings or simply hanging out with your pals. Myrcene, a terpene also present in mangoes, is abundant in Mango Kush, amplifying the psychoactive effects of the THC and leaving users feeling happy and euphoric.
Limonene, a terpene, may be found in various chemical forms, including a-limonene and perillyl alcohol. According to Sharon-Asa et al. (2003), citrus fruits get their distinctive scent from this terpene. Among natural terpenes, it ranks second, while among cannabis terpenes, it ranks third. Look for limonene-containing strains if one wants a stimulating high. Limonene-rich indica mitigates the depressive effects of myrcene and other sedative terpenes.
The strong terpene profile of Liberty Haze contributes to the strain's upbeat disposition. It's lively and inspiring, perfect for getting together with friends or celebrating special milestones. This Haze bud is uplifting and perhaps a little trippy. Like the others on this list and other Haze strains, this strain is packed with the festive trio of limonene, beta-caryophyllene, and myrcene.
Laughing Buddha is a very humorous strain of marijuana. This strain is often regarded as the funniest. The terpenes ocimene, myrcene, -caryophyllene, limonene, and pinene provide this potent cerebral high strain, making users feel happy, social, and giggly. According to de la Fuente et al. (2020), any strain with a high concentration of these terpenes is sure to produce a head high that is both intellectual and giddy; however, pinpointing the particular terpene responsible for the effect is difficult because of the strain's reaction to diverse combinations of terpenes.
It is How Terpenes Affect Your High
While terpenes are mostly known for imparting fragrances and tastes to cannabis strains, Cox-Georgian et al. (2019)suggested that they also offer a broad range of effects that may be used to alter and customize your high. Cannabinoids and cannabis terpenes have been the subject of several promising scientific investigations. A striking example of how terpenes may change the strain's psych activity is how CBD can mitigate the adverse effects of THC. When used in moderation, THC has a relaxing effect; however, high doses may have the opposite effect and lead to paranoia and anxiety. If you want to feel calm and comfortable for an extended period, combine THC with CBD and other terpenes to moderate the psychoactive effects of THC.
Myrcene is by far the most widespread. Cannabidiol is not only present in cannabis but also in eucalyptus, hops, lemongrass, and mangos. Using this method significantly reduces pain and inflammation. Myrcene is a regulator, increasing or decreasing the potency of other terpenes and cannabinoids in the strain, depending on its concentration. There is a high concentration of this terpene in Indica strains.
Which Marijuana Strain, Indica or Sativa, Produces the Most Laughter?
There are two main types of marijuana, known as Indica and Sativa, and each is linked to a unique set of euphoric effects. Full-body relaxation results from the high produced by Indica or Indica-dominant cannabis strains. However, the Sativa high is cerebral and energizing. Terpenes are present in both Indica and Sativa strains. Cannabinoids and terpenes are the active compounds in cannabis that give the plant its distinctive flavor and perfume. The terpenes with a high chemovar count are the ones that make you chuckle. According to Lewis et al. (2017), many marijuana strains have unique chemical profiles. It does not matter whether you smoke Indica or Sativa; however, Sativa strains are more often associated with euphoria.
Does Marijuana Promote a Sillier Sense of Humor?
An intriguing aspect is cannabis's propensity to improve social empathy and pattern identification. Many people who regularly use cannabis can probably relate to the fact that they have found the most innocuous things humorous when high. Inexperienced users of THC and terpenes may have a feeling of being transported to a world where everything is brand new and unforeseen. Cannabis users often report that the drug makes them more aware of the humor in everyday situations, to the point where they can't hold back their laughter.
When you're at the local pot shop perusing the shelves for something new to try, don't just look at the THC percentage and strain name; consider the terpene profile, too. The entourage effect describes how the synergistic interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis produce synergistic benefits. Simply put, this will improve your high and provide you with a more complete and satisfying cannabis experience.
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