Many people use cannabis for appetite stimulation and find it to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the marijuana experience. But why does weed make you hungry? There’s a lot of science that goes into it, but we’ve condensed it all down here to pull the curtain back on the munchies.
THC = The Hunger Catalyst
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol for short, is the main compound responsible for your high. It’s also one of the primary cannabinoids responsible for hunger stimulation.
When THC reaches the brain, it can spark your minds creativity and leave you feeling relaxed or energized, depending on the the rest of the strain’s molecular breakdown. The impact of THC will vary from person to person and from strain to strain, but the increase in appetite is a constant for almost all users.
Researchers are learning more and more about how cannabis affects the brain each day, and that includes new discoveries related to THC. As it turns out, THC has a direct impact on taste, smell, and the hormone that makes you hungry.
Hungry Hungry Hormone
THC has been shown to interact with the hypothalamus portion of the brain by releasing a hormone called ghrelin, which stimulates the feeling of hunger in the body. When the ghrelin receptors of the vagus nerves are triggered, your brain lets your body know that you’re hungry, which kicks up secretions of gastric acid and gets the intestines moving in anticipation of food.
The feeling of hunger isn’t necessarily a sign that your body is actually hungry. Rather, the THC causes proopiomelanocortin (POMC)––the neurons that tell your body when its full––to do a 180. With your POMC telling you to chow down, you find yourself wanting to eat, even if you didn’t feel like eating at all just minutes before.
Weed Alters Your Sense Of Smell
Marijuana not only changes the way you taste food, but it can also affect your smelling mechanisms.
In one study on the impacts of weed, half of lab mice were given THC while the other half were left as-is. The mice were then put into the maze with a delicious hunk of cheese waiting for them at the end. You can guess how this ends. On average, the mice with the THC in their system found the cheese faster than their marijuana-free counterparts.
It has been said that somewhere between 75 and 95% of what we taste is actually due to our what we smell, so the enhanced olfactory senses are a factor in why cannabis boosts your appetite.
In Addition To THC, CBG Also Plays A Role
THC isn’t the only compound that allows people to use cannabis for appetite stimulation. Researchers have also discovered that another cannabinoid – cannabigerol (CBG) – can help to bring on the munchies.
Studies have shown that CBG can fool one’s brain into thinking that the body is hungry. Like THC, CBG has been shown to boost one’s appetite, though unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive.
So far, CBG has been credited with stimulating appetites in addition to being non-psychoactive. Additionally, research has shown CBG as helpful in reducing inflammation and inhibiting the growth of bacteria or the replication of tumorous cells, according to research published June 2017.
Ready To Chow Down? Try These Strains!
For those interested in cannabis for appetite stimulation, there are a countless number of strains to help take your culinary experience to the next level.
Seasoned smokers and vapers have long been drawn to Blue Dream for its relaxing properties and this strain’s fairly high THC content lends itself perfectly to pigging out. OG Kush, a hybrid with a nearly even split between an energizing sativa and a mind-easing indica, is another popular strain with a healthy percentage of THC in the mix. Fire OG is not as much of a “household name” as the aforementioned strains, but it also packs a wallop with roughly 20% THC content.
There are a whole host of other high-THC strains out there to get you in the mood for food, but these are three standards worth looking into.
We’re Here to Help
At TOPS Cannabis, our expert Budtenders are on hand to help you find the very best types of cannabis for appetite stimulation.
There are countless strains available through our dispensary service and they can be had in almost any form imaginable. Our comprehensive stock includes dry herb, topical products, oil, various vape tanks, and edibles. Yes, that’s right––you can kick start your appetite with delicious via some delicious cannabis products including candies, cookies, brownies, and just about anything else you’re craving.
Don’t know what to pick? That’s where the TOPS Cannabis Budtenders come in! If you’re new to ordering marijuana, or you simply want a more detailed breakdown of our selection, Budtenders will guide you with one on one consultations either over the phone or in your home.
For first-timers, we highly recommend our Full Service Delivery package. This includes a free in-home consultation with one of our professionals who will bring you eight of TOPS Cannabis’ best marijuana flower strains, plus our best-selling edibles, concentrates, creams, and so much more to view in the comfort of your own home.
For more experienced clients, you can skip straight to Express Delivery in which our staff will drop off exactly what you need with speed and discretion. Of course, even veterans can benefit from some helpful advice, so feel free to contact our team at (844) 420-TOPS for background info on our ever-growing stockpile of options.