Connections Between Homeostasis, Cannabis, and Sex

Connections Between Homeostasis, Cannabis, and Sex

What is the role of cannabis for homeostasis in the context of emotions and sex? Falling in love can feel a lot like bliss, flooding neurological pathways with dopamine. Science has shown, through MRI scans, that certain areas of the brain light up when we are in love. So, what does all of this have to do with the endocannabinoid system?  The role of the endocannabinoid system or the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the context of emotions. When we fall in love, reward circuitry areas focused on pleasure become activated. Cortisol levels rise and serotonin decreases. Oxytocin and vasopressin are also released, which influence our hormones. The result? Sweaty palms, anxiety, maybe a quickened pulse and arousal. Our ability to adequately assess others also becomes diminished. The role of the ECS actually has a lot to do with sexual function, as shown in a study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2019). Though it may have more to do with female arousal than it does with male arousal. The ECS influences our emotional responses to external stimuli and mediates our perception. Cannabinoid receptors can also turn on or off the brain’s reward center. These are all mechanisms in our bodies through which we feel and interpret love.   Cannabis and Homeostasis in the Context of our Emotions When we’re experiencing the bliss of being in love, our bodies make anandamide. It interacts with the ECS, and it’s structurally similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The intoxicating effects of THC can…

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