Do you get the munchies when you smoke pot? Cannabis can have a variety of effects on your appetite from stimulation to suppression all depending on the composition. High doses of THC have a stimulating effect on the appetite whereas CBD has been shown to have a suppressing effect.
We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which regulates things in your body like energy, nutrients and metabolism and so plays a significant role in appetite stimulation. It is this system that helps sends signals to the brain when you feel hungry. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that provide the two way communication channel through the ECS.
Cannabis is high in cannabinoids that affect the ECS particularly and therefore your appetite, in particular, THC and CBD. For years, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been known to act as an appetite stimulant. Individuals who go through chemotherapy and experience a loss of appetite have swayed towards consuming cannabis strains high in THC as a result. Additionally, individuals who suffer from eating disorders like anorexia or who are taking prescription medications that cause a loss of appetite may benefit from THC consumption.
Although many cannabis strains and cannabinoids act as appetite stimulants, there are other cannabis strains, cannabinoids, and terpenes that act as appetite suppressants. According to a study published by the National Institute of Health, it was found that cannabidiol (CBD) may make users less hungry. Additional research studies have found that adding CBD to THC reduces the appetite-stimulating effects of the cannabinoid. These findings indicate that products like CBD cannabis oil could act better as suppressant appetite made of cannabis as compared to other cannabinoids.
Overall, the role between cannabis and appetite is significant, and more research will continue to be conducted to find out the exact role it plays in appetite stimulation or suppression.
If you are interested in receiving an appetite boost, try purchasing a cannabis strain that contains high levels of THC.