Marijuana-induced munchies are a common trope in weed-related fiction. However, this is also a case of art imitating life. Marijuana-induced munchies have a scientific explanation. And since cannabis users can reasonably expect to become hungry, they can anticipate the munchies and turn it into a healthy boon.
How Weed Triggers the Munchies
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the active chemicals in marijuana flowers. THC is responsible for the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. THC also stimulates the production of ghrelin, a hormone which triggers hunger. In addition, THC interacts with the olfactory bulb of the human brain, intensifying senses such as smell and taste.
Turning Hunger Pangs into Health Benefits
Marijuana users who plan ahead can either minimize the effects of the munchies or turn them into a positive development. Marijuana users who consume edibles or cannabis beverages can minimize both the effect of the munchies (and the psychotropic effects of the cannabis) by eating foods with low fat content prior to ingesting the marijuana. And the munchies can be a plus when cannabis users stock up on healthy snacks including nuts, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit.
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