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Science of the Munchies

Science-of-the-Munchies

What starts out as an innocent smoke session turns into you raiding your pantry and finishing off all of your chips, twinkies, and granola bars. The irresistible crunch and saltiness of biting into a potato chip, the decadent and soft goodness of a twinkie, and the satisfying sweet and saltiness of granola bar are too much to ignore after you finished that last bowl. You have come down with a serious case of… the munchies!

So what are the munchies? Besides the snack mix bag containing Doritos, Cheetos, Sun Chips, and pretzels, the munchies is one effect tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has that makes you want to eat any and every food in your sight. THC increases levels of ghrelin, a hormone that the stomach releases to signal to the brain that it needs food. The hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons signal to the brain that the stomach is full. These POMC neurons are suppressed by THC so that the feeling of fullness is lessened. In addition to those effects, you might also become more sensitive to taste and smell, which is why everything you see seems so delectable. As a result, you get a strong desire to eat everything.

THC, both natural and synthetic, has been suggested for medical use for chemotherapy and anorexia patients in order to increase their appetite. On the other hand for those who are struggling with losing weight, there are helpful tips on fighting the munchies when you do get them. Some people opt to hide all snacks when they smoke, but a more realistic option is setting aside a specific amount of snacks that you allow yourself to enjoy. It is also important to try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week. Strains that have higher CBD content are found to give less of the munchies effect.

The munchies is one of the great effects you can get after using cannabis, making everything you eat taste delicious. Where it has its benefits, it can also have drawbacks if you overeat, so make sure to always keep aware of your actions the next time you are using cannabis products.

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