If you’ve clicked on this link, there’s a higher chance than not that you’ve smoked weed before and that it has left you chasing for munchies as well. And there’s also a very high possibility that you’ve wondered why you are hungry and looking for munchies. Well, what if I were to tell you right now that you don’t actually get hungry? What if your mind is just playing tricks on you? Would you believe me?
Stoned Munchies Explained:
Let’s take a look at the facts. What actually gets you high when you smoke weed is the main psychoactive component in it called tetrahydrocannabinol, known to your friends and bros as THC.Why is this so? Because the genetic, biological and behavioral systems of mice are one the closest ones to those of humans. Plus, they don’t seem to mind the experiments .
In a 2015 study, researchers at the Yale school of Medicine found that THC actually zonked mice out as well, and guess what? They got hungry too! Coincidence? Thomas Horvath, one of the leading neurobiologists who conducted the experiment said this in a press release, “It’s like pressing a car’s brakes and accelerating instead. We were surprised to find that the neurons we thought were responsible for shutting down eating, were suddenly being activated and promoting hunger, even when you are full. It fools the brain’s central feeding system.”Now what does he mean by that?
Horvath found out that THC tricks your hypothalamus (the part of the brain responsible for the feeling of hunger, pain, etc.) into thinking that it’s hungry. Now how does it do this? It produces this hormone called ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. Which means that even when you’re actually full, you’ll still ‘feel’ hungry. Now we know why we get so hungry when stoned, but why does food taste so good? THC makes our brains more sensitive to smell, which causes our cravings to intensify. Also, the release of dopamine (the pleasure hormone) when you’re high makes the food taste extra good!
So basically, it’s kinda like your neurons lying to you. Don’t believe me? Try having your usual amount of dinner, and then smoke a couple of doobs, and tell me that you’re not hungry. While this might be bad for a stoner looking to cut down on those fast food munchies, this can be excellent news for people with disorders that prevent them for getting hungry.
Marijuana is also known to induce hunger in cancer patients! So now that you know that your brain is lying to you, what do you do? Do you still look for munchies next time you smoke, or do you step out of the illusion?