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Got the munchies?

Tips & Tricks

Why do you get so hungry after using Cannabis?

Have you ever smoked marijuana and then almost instantly wanted some sweet, salty, or savory treat to go with it? Like everyone else who experienced this, it's a common after-effect, but most know this intense surge in appetite as the munchies.

What exactly are the munchies, why do they pop up after ingesting and/or inhaling marijuana, and what should you do when it happens to you?

So what are the munchies? In a nutshell, munchies are the wave of hunger you feel creep into your stomach after you've either smoked or ingested some form of cannabis. For many years scientists could not pinpoint what in THC caused this reaction or why. But in a recent study published by Nature Neuroscience, it is now believed that the THC once in our bloodstream has the ability to enhance our capability to smell and taste food.

Not only can you expect an increase in appetite, but according to the above study, it also indicates you'll be able to taste food more acutely. Whether you decide to go through a form of inhalation or a digestible method is more your speed, you can expect to experience this effect shortly after.

Tips & Tricks

Below are the top tricks and tips to have in your back pocket before lighting up!

1. The munchies can be your friend. Do you find it hard at times to eat consistently or maybe even enjoy a healthy snack. That's when you can use the munchies to your advantage! Have some healthy eating choices and options readily available for when that hunger hits. Not only will your body be thanking you for providing nutritious substance, but you'll also enjoy the taste in a much more profound way.

2. Be prepared! Maybe eating healthy isn't your goal in all this, and that's ok. You still should have what kind of snacks you'll want for this journey and have them readily available. Nothing stalls a high like getting a wave of the munchies and not knowing where any of your tasty snacks are hiding. Know what you'll want to eat and make it easy on yourself. Unless your goal is to eat an elaborate meal while feeling that hunger crave, then keep it simple. There's nothing wrong with having your top go-to snacks and drinks to enjoy the journey with.

3. Figure out what you'll do once you are elevated. It's always a good idea to have some kind of activity pre-planned for the actual high. It can be as low maintenance as watching a movie or your favorite TV show, playing a video game, eating an entire bag of chips n dip, or just hanging out with friends. Remember this is your experience and it's your choice on how you want to spend it.

While we've listed just a few tips and tricks you can use to prepare yourself for experiencing the munchies, there are many more out there. Along this journey, you'll try out what you like and decide what works for your experience and what doesn't. It's all part of this growing expedition, and the more you explore, the more you'll be able to tailor your perfect adventure.

And remember that getting the munchies, whether you were trying to avoid them or not, isn't a bad thing. Follow these tips and more for guidance on getting through this common occurrence associated with cannabis.