It’s hard for me to know ahead of time how my body is going to react to some external stimulus.
One of the best examples that comes to mind is my body’s strange reaction to benadryl.
The famously sedating over-the-counter antihistamine is recommended as a sleeping aid as much as it is an allergy medication. I have never met another person who, like myself, experiences mental stimulation from benadryl. I could use it as a day time allergy deterrent because it makes me feel like I have consumed a tiny bit of coffee. I had to keep all of this in mind when I started using cannabis again after trying it in college two decades ago. Friends told me that sativa strains typically have stimulating effects while indica strains gravitate towards sedating effects. But there are many hybrid strains out there that have a combination of the two. Blue Dream is an immensely popular strain that is considered a sativa-leaning hybrid. Depending on the batch, Blue Dream can either mellow me out or make me feel stressed out. It’s hard to say ahead of time until I can get to the dispensary to buy more. When I asked the employee at the cannabis dispensary if she had any recommendations, she told me that I might like OG Kush or Purple. Since there are so many choices out there, I am forced to slowly try new strains and simply hope for the best. Because at the end of the day, you’re never going to know exactly how one batch of cannabis is going to affect you versus a different batch. When I am forced to couple this with my natural propensity for strange reactions to medications, I have to be even more mindful.