Article by Carlie Beblin, Cannabis Life Network
It is well known that many users experience the munchies after consuming cannabis. But why does cannabis have this effect on our appetite?
When hunger strikes, there’s an urge to eat everything! The munchies feel different than just an ordinary hunger. All you can think about it what to eat and you can’t seem to stop. Often a hungry stoner will eat way more than usual and demolish a massive amount of food.
Why does taking cannabis stimulates appetite? Well, the cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) which controls many aspects of your well-being including your mood, memory, and of course your appetite.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a classification of molecules that are found within the cannabis plant; the most common ones are THC and CBD. The human body naturally contains cannabinoids too known as endocannabinoids. These molecules within each of us have numerous effects on the body and interact with a series of receptors making up the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids and The Endocannabinoid System
Since cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis are so similar to the ones in our bodies, they seem to activate the same receptors in our endocannabinoid system. The ECS has receptors in the brain, immune system, and digestive system. In regards to appetite, these receptors are called CB1. When activated, a hormone is released causing us to feel hungry.