The common effects of marijuana are widely known, and everyone has at least heard of the most notorious ones, if not experienced them. This knowledge makes people either want to try this natural plant, or avoid it. While these effects — which include increased appetite, dizziness, and dry mouth — aren’t necessarily fun, they’re not life-threatening or even long-lasting.
While it is certainly true that marijuana can cause these side effects, the good news is there are strains and products that enable you to bypass them altogether. Thanks to advances in genetics and almost daily development of new ways to use marijuana, you can truly have your pot brownie and eat it, too.
What you might not have heard about marijuana side effects is that they can differ greatly depending on whether the user is male or female. Below, we explore some ways cannabis affects men and women differently.
Cannabis Effects on Women
Your body’s estrogen cycle can alter how marijuana will affect you. THC will have the strongest effect when your estrogen is at its highest, just before it begins to decrease again (prior to ovulation). In other words, if you don’t want to get “high”, avoid using strains high in THC at this time of the month.
If you’re still looking for relief, give one of our high-CBD strains a try: CBD Blueberry is great for easing stress, but won’t give you that heady sensation.
Often, women will find they are more out of sorts than their male friends when they stop using marijuana. (While the plant is not chemically addictive like heroin or opiate medications, we can still develop a habit that can be tricky to break!) These effects tend to be largely physical, and may include trouble sleeping and lack of hunger.
Remember to use only as much marijuana as you need to generate the relief or sensation you’re looking for. Like any medication, taking too much can have a negative result. For more information, check out our blog on Determining the Right Dosage.
Cannabis can have a different result depending on the amount ingested, even beyond the obvious “higher dose= more intense”. This is the case for some medical treatments, and it is also true regading the female libido.
Studies have found that a low dose of marijuana can increase libido, while a high dose begins to have the opposite effect. Back to estrogen again, this hormone plays nice with small amounts of THC, but larger doses can interfere.
Cannabis Effects on Men
Here’s that well-known side effect, again. If you have ever used cannabis in the company of a group of friends, you may already have deduced this gender-based difference: marijuana appears to cause a more advanced case of the munchies in guys than in girls.
The takeaway? Boys, remember to be gentlemanly and share the pizza with the girls, rather than scarfing it all down yourself!
Studies have shown the number of men who experience psychosis when using cannabis outnumbers women two to one. There is still a lot of research to be done on this rare side effect, but if you want to chill out and enjoy yourself when feasting on cannabis-infused goodies, take it slow and stop if you start feeling a little sketched out. (Or try a high-CBD strain like Critical Mass – CBD won’t mess with your head, but will give you wonderful relief from chronic pain and migraines.)
Sorry to say, but in order to handle joint and muscle pain, men require a higher dose of marijuana than women. Because you’re less sensitive to this holistic medicine than women (hence the fairer sex’s tendency to suffer worse withdrawal and more quickly develop tolerance), you won’t feel as much relief unless you use a bit more.
While this might be bad news for your personal stash, you can always try strains higher in THC or CBD, which should give you more bang for your buck. But whatever method you try to ease your pain, keep in mind number two on this list, and don’t overdo it.
It’s clear that your genetics and your hormones change the way marijuana affects you. Be mindful of these differences, and listen to your own body when you’re treating or sampling. Don’t ingest the same amount of cannabis as your friend just because they seemed fine. Rather, be smart and safe, and above all – feel and grow better!