If You’ve Been Wondering Why Weed Makes You Hungry, Here’s Why

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With the legalization of marijuana in many states over the nation for both medicinal and recreational purposes, nearly 55 million adults use marijuana daily, according to the Washington Post.  Marijuana has an active ingredient called THC, which makes people high. It is mostly consumed by smoking the plant’s dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. Marijuana may also be inhaled or mixed in with other ingredients and baking recipes such as brownies. Once consumed, effects from marijuana on the body range from increased heart rate to lower blood pressure, and even blood sugar can be affected. Side effects of consuming marijuana include dry mouth, red eyes, dizziness, shallow breathing, slowed reaction time and increased appetite – but why is this?

Research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience states that cannabis can essentially “trick” your brain into thinking you’re very hungry, even if you’re fool. Many scientists believe this is because of the psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, that directly interactions with cannabinoid receptors in the brain – primarily with one called CB1. The brain produces its own cannabinoids, which help monitor things such as appetite, mood, memory, and pain reception. When marijuana is consumed, it is believed to attach to these receptors, mimicking their signals and therefore increasing a person’s appetite. Tamas Horvath, a neurobiologist at Yale University School of Medicine, described the process as this: “It’s like pressing a car’s brakes and accelerating instead.” Not to mention, cannabis causes an increased production of ghrelin – a hormone that makes you hungry – which provides good reasoning as to why you may want to eat a lot if you’re high.

Other researchers believe that THC can cause a person’s senses to become much more sensitive – making food even more appealing through smell and taste. Researchers are still exploring marijuana’s effects and how it could be of benefit to various health conditions. If you feel that you’ve been struggling with psychological or physical addiction to marijuana, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. Recovery is possible.

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