Does Cannabis Make You Happy, And Why?

Many occasional cannabis consumers and people who want to use cannabis for the first time ask the same question: does cannabis make you happy? The short answer is yes; various studies show that cannabis can reduce anxiety and produce euphoria in adults. So, by most standards, cannabis can make you feel happier in multiple ways.

Why does cannabis make you happy?

Research indicates that cannabis has the ability to lower anxiety, elevate mood, alleviate physical pain, reduce the risk of psychotic episodes, and even protect against neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, while happiness is a personal state of mind, cannabis contains several compounds that trigger happiness in most people.

But this still doesn’t answer a few important questions. Namely, how does cannabis work to make you happy?

How does cannabis make you feel good?

The two most active cannabinoids in cannabis are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). While both compounds can affect mood, they interact with the brain and body in different ways. Consequently, they produce different results. THC is most often associated with euphoria, while CBD is most often linked to pain relief and anxiety reduction. So, why does cannabis make you feel good? Let’s look at the science to find out:

Dopamine Boost

Cannabis contains numerous natural properties that help elevate mood and produce happiness for the vast majority of consumers. However, THC is by far the most powerful component in creating a “happy” effect. The aforementioned euphoria occurs because THC binds to your cannabinoid receptors, producing a “flood of dopamine” in the brain that makes virtually any activity — including eating, exercising, or just relaxing — more enjoyable.

Serotonin Boost

While THC is activating your brain’s natural reward system, CBD creates various anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. The jury is still out on exactly how CBD reduces anxiety, but current research suggests that CBD works to increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects a wide range of processes in the mind and body. Generally, higher serotonin levels are associated with lower anxiety, reduced risk of depression, and improved sleep. Not only can CBD promote healthier sleep patterns, but it can also work as a wake-inducing compound, helping to increase energy levels.