But why does this happen??
That moment every regular cannabis user is most likely familiar with. After a nice smoke session; maybe right away, or 20min-1hr later; the MUNCHIES. When we get stoned, we have that feeling of wanting to stuff our faces, both casual and heavy cannabis users tend to enjoy eating much more when they smoke.
The feeling of increased appetite after using cannabis has been documented for hundreds of years. This is often called “the munchies.” It is only recently that any scientific research has been conducted to understand why cannabis use has this effect. Scientifically put, Marijuana may effectively flip a circuit in the brain that is normally responsible for quelling the appetite, triggering us to eat instead, according to a new study in mice published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Marijuana’s main ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), targets your brain’s olfactory bulbs—among other things—and actually make you smell and taste more than usual. These heightened senses stimulate your appetite.
At least, this is how it works in mice. For the experiment, the research team fed one group mice THC and then exposed them to banana and almond oils. Once high, the mice spent more time smelling the oils than the control group which did not receive THC. The mice given THC also ate more. They also tried the experiment on mice which had been genetically engineered to lack the cannabinoid receptor in question, and the THC had not effect on those mice.
Scientists believe that the same process is at play in humans when they smoke two joints in the morning, or anytime of the day for that matter.
Medical cannabis can relieve many symptoms of chronic illness, and is one of very few options for appetite stimulation in patients who have little or no appetite to help them manage or recover from their conditions. This unique property makes medical cannabis an ideal treatment choice that patients may want to consider for appetite stimulation.
Food for thought.