Cannabis, CBD & Disorientation

Cannabis, CBD and Disorientation

While using cannabis, it is not uncommon for a person to feel slightly disoriented. What causes this to happen? And is there anything you can do about it?

What is known about cannabis, CBD and disorientation

The primary active ingredient found in cannabis, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, acts on cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences cellular activity. Some regions of the brain have many cannabinoid receptors while others have few to none. The cannabinoid receptors that are found in the brain are responsible for some of the effects relating to memory, thought, mood, concentration, time, and coordinated movement – both in positive and negative ways. 

CBD generally produces less intense side effects compared to THC. However, CBD users may still experience lightheadedness or nausea which may simulate a temporary feeling of disorientation. However, these cases are rare.

Disorientation, dosing, ingestion method

When eaten in an edible form, THC and CBD are absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive track then undergoes a metabolic pass through the liver before entering general circulation, ultimately entering the brain. Because of the delayed onset of the effects, some people impatiently ingest more. This can lead to consuming too large a dose – and too large a dose can contribute to the increased likelihood of side effects.

On the other hand, when smoked, THC goes directly to the brain, causing the effects to become apparent more immediately and to diminish more quickly.

What can you do?

This is a difficult question to answer given the lack of scientific research around cannabis and disorientation. Because of the federal prohibition on cannabis, the scientific community hasn’t been able to perform the rigorous studies needed to truly understand the correlation between cannabis, CBD, and disorientation.

The most important thing you can do is to find your minimum effective dose to achieve the goals you are seeking. Anything more than the minimum unnecessarily increases the likelihood that you’ll experience side effects.

Some cannabis users suggest that the incidence of side effects can be related to the strain, the cannabinoids included, or other factors like your own unique biochemistry.

What can you do to understand whether there’s a dose, product, strain, or ingestion method that can help avoid feeling disoriented?

Getting answers with Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Using Jointly, you can learn about products and methods which may reduce or eliminate the side effects you are experiencing.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

Then, Jointly helps you learn how to use those products to their full potential. You can determine your optimal dose, and learn how the quality of your cannabis experience can be impacted by sleep, hydration, exercise, diet, and more.

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

And, if you have any feedback or ideas for improving Jointly, please let us know. We’re here to help, but also to learn.


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