On a moonlit summer evening last year, a group of friends and I sat around a campfire and tossed back and forth into the wee hours. A few hours later I woke up starving so badly it almost derailed me. Doritos, my brain commanded. salsa flavor. Now. I was immediately set on one goal: get the Doritos as quickly as possible and use up the entire bag.
Once I satisfied that craving, it was replaced by another craving, just as unhealthy, just as specific: cheesy New York-style mushroom pizza. My veganism lapsed that day, and the day will forever be remembered as my first real encounter with the cravings. Suffice it to say, I was struck by its all-pervasive power and literally incapacitated by my cravings.
Munchies are one of the expressions most commonly associated with cannabis use. Most of us who got high know that insatiable urge to eat minutes or hours later. What is the science behind cannabis that fuels the desire to eat everything in sight? The main culprit is THC.
THC: Hello, appetite!
“THC is an appetite stimulant,” explains Dr. Patricia Frye, Cannabis Expert and Chief Medical OfficerHello MD. THC partially activates the brain’s CB1 receptors. “When the CB1 receptors are activated, they stimulate areas of the…