New Study Finds Genetics Is Why Some People Feel Paranoid When They

first_img New Study Finds Genetics Is Why Some People Feel ‘Paranoid’ When They Get High Free Green Entrepreneur App Cannabis is enjoyable for most people but decidedly not for some. Science seems to now know why. 39shares Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Image credit: Brian Caissie | Getty Images Next Article Download Our iOS App Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. July 16, 2019 Scientists may have finally hit upon some answers for that curious phenomenon that anyone who has used marijuana has observed – either in others or themselves.When using marijuana, some people can’t stop laughing. The smallest thing – a half-amusing television commercial, for example – can set them off into gales of wild laughter. They are happy.Others, who smoked the very same weed, are not.This second group becomes paranoid. You might see them constantly looking out the window, certain that bad news of some type is on its way. Worse, they may think what others are saying is somehow insulting or a threat to them.What’s going on? Scientists recently tried to find an answer.Related: New Findings Raise Doubts Whether Legal Weed Reduces Opioid DeathsHow the brain interacts with weed.A new study from researchers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada examined the brain activity of rats who had been injected with THC, the chemical component in marijuana that causes the high feeling.What they found is that how we experience marijuana may come down to the nucleus accumbens, the frontal region of the brain associated with reward behavior and the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. THC seems to impact this area of the brain the most. When THC attaches primarily to receptors in the front area of the nucleus accumbens, it triggers euphoria but also stimulates further reward-related activity patterns in the neurons.However, this region also is associated with “aversion processing,” in which potential threats are identified. If the THC attaches to receptors in the anterior of the nucleus accumbens, it can stimulate this area, leading to adverse symptoms of both the cognitive and emotional variety. It’s similar, the researchers said, to what is produced in people with schizophrenia.Related: Researchers Find ‘Recreational’ Cannabis Customers Buy Weed to Sleep Better and Treat PainWhy the same weed can affect people differently.If you’ve felt paranoid after using a certain type of weed and wondered if you could just “get over it” or thought maybe it was because of your mood, the new research indicated that this is probably not the case.“These findings are important because they suggest why some people have a very positive experience with marijuana when others have a very negative experience,” Christopher Norris, one of the researchers, said in a statement about the research. He went on to stay the research indicates that “because the reward and aversion are produced by anatomically distinct areas, the different effects between individuals is likely due to genetic variation leading to differential sensitivity of each area.”Genetic variation is obviously something people cannot control. It also means that different strains might impact users differently. The bottom line: whether you are happy or paranoid may simply come down to your DNA, not your personality type or mood that day.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana-related news make sure to like on Facebook Guest Writer Add to Queue 3 min read Cannabislast_img

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