“Nom, nom, nom, nom”…the munchies! It’s a thing. We all know that cannabis increases appetite and enjoyment of eating for the user. While this is not all just a “fun and tasty games” type deal; this knowledge as to why and how cannabis affects hunger is medically substantial.
Severe appetite loss can be experienced with patients suffering from chronic illnesses, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and many more medical issues. Implementing cannabis into treatments can speed recovery in many fashions, one of them being nourishment. Malnourishment in sick patients inhibits their recovery and overall health as their body isn’t obtaining critical vitamins and minerals it needs to be able to fight back and gain strength.
The addition of cannabis along with other appropriate medication could increase quality of life from mind and body as well offer wellness along with a number of other health benefits encapsulated within the herb. We suggest using the Indica Shatter Bars or smoking the Island Pink to get your appetite going.
Cannabinoids, which are compounds of the cannabis plant, is home to a specific compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is known to stimulate appetite and can prove extremely valuable to the medicinal world.
Ordinarily, when the stomach is empty, it releases a hormone called ghrelin to the brain which asserts the message to get something to eat. The body is in need of nourishment and ghrelin was sent to the rescue to satisfy the growl.
Research has concluded a few specific things:
- A dose of cannabis triggered the ghrelin hormone to be released within the body.
- The brain responded to this dose of ghrelin in a small portion of the hypothalamus region of the brain. It actually changed the genetic activity of the brain cells that respond to this hormone.
- In the basal ganglia (group of neurons) in the brain it may enhance eating pleasure.
The method of how THC is ingested can also have an effect and influence food choice, appetite stimulation, absorption and food preferences. For example, if an individual opted for inhalation rather than sublingual consumption of cannabis there could be different observed caloric intake, preference on influence of salty vs. sweet foods, and absorption.
Overall, studies haven’t linked over-eating with cannabis. In fact, studies have shown no association between cannabis use and higher BMI.
This hunger effect can do wonders for the medical world. In one study, 73% of cancer patients who were given THC pills showed an increase for food appreciation compared to the 30% who were given placebos. This is a gigantic leap for well-being!
This appetite increase and food appreciation can be used effectively on not only on a recreational enjoyment scale but out of sheer medical necessity as well.
For those who still think cannabis is the devil’s lettuce; go ahead and chomp on that, and like it!