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The munchies or increased appetite is a common side effect associated with cannabis consumption. Cannabis can increase people's appetite in ways other than just consuming THC. Merely improving one's mood or reducing pain can allow someone the ability to eat. Many people who suffer from conditions such as heart disease, metabolic disorders, cancer, wasting syndrome or AIDS have trouble eating. Sometimes, it's due to the condition itself, and other times, it's due to the medication used in treating their symptoms. 

By consuming cannabis, a patient’s appetite can be increased substantially. Medicine works better when it has food with it. One of the main reasons so many medications fail people in the eyes of the medical profession is due to a lack of nourishment accompanying it. THC, in particular, is a cannabinoid that is associated with a stimulated appetite. 

THCv, on the other hand, is a cannabinoid that is known to reduce your hunger and help people with weight loss. If you're looking to increase your appetite, you will want to avoid strains of cannabis that have a high THCv profile. If your dispensary does not test for THCv, find one that does. THC could be just what you need to help get that appetite back on track if you're having a hard time putting away your food.

A recent study from Washington State University in the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior confirms this. This study utilized a new procedure for testing which included dosing lab rats with cannabis vapor. The study found that "cannabis exposure caused more frequent, small meals, but there's a delay before it takes effect." Ghrelin, a hormone released by the stomach when empty, is what triggers a message to the brain that it's time to eat. 

When cannabis is consumed, or in this instance, when the rats were exposed to cannabis vapor, there was a significant increase in the amount of ghrelin being sent to the brain. Just as fascinating, they found that when cannabis was introduced, it altered the genetic activity of brain cells that respond to the release of this appetite-stimulating hormone. By being able to control the release of this hormone and how the brain interacts with it, practitioners worldwide may be able to revolutionize the way appetite deficiencies are addressed in the future.

  Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 12:00pm 23 days ago
Profile PictureWritten By: Ashley Priest

Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.


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