Despite marijuana being well known for restoring and increasing one’s appetite, to the point where it is being used medicinally to help those suffering from the severe nausea that is often a side effect of chemotherapy treatments, there are certain strains of the plant that can actually suppress an appetite and help people lose weight. These strains, which include the popular Pineapple Purps, Super Lemon Haze and Durban Poison, typically contain a higher amount of the cannabinoid THCV and/or the terpene known as humelene.
Both of these compounds act in a way chemically that blocks the absorption of THC by the body therefore preventing the accompanying munchies from taking hold. Enthusiasts looking to shed a few pounds should definitely look into trying out some of these strains as part of their weight loss regiments. Follow the link below for the full story on how THCV and humulene could help those trying to lose weight!
Why do I get the munchies after smoking?
There is extensive research on why marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, stimulates appetite. When you smoke or ingest weed, the THC binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the part of the brain responsible for regulating emotions, pain, and the senses of smell and taste. In other words, smoking weed enhances your sensitivity to smell, making those gooey, cheesy pizza rolls a lot more potent and appealing. THC also releases a flood of dopamine, which makes eating even more enjoyable – a perfect recipe for a night on the couch with a bag of chips.
How cannabis can help with weight loss
Given that the active ingredient in marijuana is responsible for causing food cravings, it seems backwards that smoking a particular strain could help quell them. Enter THCV and humulene.