Weed is amazing. It makes you feel great and happy and relaxed like all your worries are gone. But sometimes it can also make you really hungry. This is what we call “the munchies,” and if you’re not prepared for them they can be a real challenge. So today we’re going to talk about what the weed munchies are, how to deal with them, and some tips for surviving them.
What are the Munchies?
The weed munchies is an increased craving for salty, sweet, or carbohydrate-rich foods after consuming marijuana. This is due to the interactions between chemicals in cannabis plants and in your bodies that ultimately boost your appetite.
The chemicals responsible for the munchies is the cannabis’ psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which also accounts for the “high” many users experience when consuming marijuana. THC is known to interacts with the endocannabinoid system that regulates our mood, stress, pain, immunity, and appetite. When a person consumes marijuana, THC quickly binds to receptors throughout the brain and body and boosts appetite.
One research confirmed that these chemicals also enhance the enjoyment of eating, leading you to eat more. Yet another research suggests that the munchies is caused by THC significantly enhancing our ability to smell and taste food.
How to Survive the Munchies
For those who suffer from a lack of appetite, the munchies can be one of the biggest benefits of marijuana. However, if you are trying to lose weight, try these simple ways to fight the munchies.
- Drink Water
In general, drinking water before eating help manage appetite and prevent overeating. This trick will work for the munchies too. Drink a large glass of water if you feel an urge to eat a bag of chips. Staying hydrated can also alleviate side effects you may get from marijuana.
- Eat Healthier Snacks
It is very hard to avoid cannabis-induced cravings for salt and sugar. So, try healthier options like vegetable chips, dark chocolate, granola bars, and many more. Preparing your snacks in small portions in advance will prevent overeating.
- Get Enough Sleep
Research suggests that lack of sleep can trigger increased levels of hormones, ghrelin, leading to increased appetite. Keeping a good sleep habits may be a good way to avoid overeating.
- Distract Yourself
Try distracting yourself from eating. For example, you can go outside and take a walk through nature. Because THC in marijuana can heighten your sensory perceptions, you will be more grateful for the beauty of nature when stoned. Workout is another good option as marijuana can help you stay motivated and focused. Some easier ways include taking a bath, chewing gum, and brushing your teeth!
If you are a regular marijuana user, you may have experienced a sudden onset of hunger. The key to controlling your craving for unhealthy snacks is to be prepared beforehand. Once you are stoned, it is extremely difficult to survive the munchies.
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