If you’ve ever experienced the phenomenon of weed giving you the munchies, it can be rather alarming to someone who has never used marijuana before or someone who’s just used it once or twice and strains were more of the relaxing type, like el chapo strain.
The munchies can feel uncomfortable and even dangerous if you aren’t ready to take in all those calories! How can you stop yourself from getting the munchies? And, more importantly, why does weed cause the munchies in the first place?
Here’s the scoop.
Marijuana Makes You Feel Hungry
When you smoke weed, THC enters your bloodstream and binds to cannabinoid receptors throughout your body. One of the main effects of this is an increase in appetite. This is because THC activates certain neurons in the brain that increase the sense of smell and taste, making you want to eat more.
Additionally, marijuana can increase levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is known to stimulate appetite. So next time you get the munchies after smoking weed, know that it’s not just in your head—THC is actually making you hungrier!
But eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger; it’s also a form of entertainment. In fact, research has shown that people consume a greater amount of food when they’re alone than when they’re with others, suggesting that we may engage in binge eating simply as a way to pass time or relieve boredom.
Add high-calorie comfort foods into the mix and it’s no wonder why some people gain weight after using marijuana recreationally! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid these unfortunate side effects of using cannabis such as staying hydrated and choosing healthier options for snacks.
After all, there are plenty of tasty low-calorie edibles on the market that won’t derail your diet.
If you’re struggling to find something other than chips and chocolate bars to eat while you’re high, try this recipe:
Happy Buddha Balls from The Herbivore Kitchen Recipe Book by Izy Hossack: Combine equal parts panko breadcrumbs and gluten-free flour with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil leaves, ground ginger root, nutritional yeast flakes (optional), red chili flakes (optional), ground black pepper and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a large bowl. Next add in finely chopped carrots and celery along with dried thyme leaves then mix well until combined. Once fully mixed, make small balls with your hands and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with organic ketchup, organic barbecue sauce or organic ranch dressing if desired. Enjoy!
What Other Foods Should I Eat While High?
There are lots of delicious foods that you can eat while high on weed. Here are some of the best ones:
Pot brownies, obviously. Marijuana brownies are the most popular edible among stoners because they taste great and they’re easy to make. It’s also possible to bake your own pot brownies at home.
Cheese pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. Pizza is one of the most popular foods in America and it’s also a favorite among stoners because it tastes so good when you’re high. If you want a good slice, go with deep dish style pizza because it’s bigger and has more toppings than regular pizza. You can also add some extra cheese and meat to the top if you want more flavor in every bite!
Chocolate chip cookies dipped in milk or dark chocolate sauce or melted chocolate chips or caramel sauce (or all three if you’re feeling really decadent). Chocolate chip cookies are another favorite among stoners because they’re sweet but not too sweet — which means they won’t give you a sugar crash after eating them! Plus they pair perfectly with milk or dark chocolate sauce or melted chocolate chips or caramel sauce.
Ice cream is another great food to eat while you’re high on weed. It can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with being high, as well as keeping your mouth busy so that you don’t accidentally say something stupid while stoned!
Tacos and burritos are great for stoners because they’re easy to eat, filling and delicious! There are tons of variations for these meals too so no matter what kind of person you are there will be something for you at a taco or burrito restaurant!
If you’re looking for an alternative to milk chocolate, fruit juice is another great option. Just make sure that you choose juice that’s 100 percent real fruit juice (not from concentrate) so you don’t get any added sugars or artificial sweeteners that might ruin your high.
Try an avocado. This creamy fruit contains vitamin E and B vitamins as well as omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains fiber which helps reduce appetite and cholesterol levels in your blood. Avocados are also rich in potassium which helps control blood pressure levels.
Dark chocolate – Chocolate has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms while boosting blood flow to the brain — making it ideal for when you’re feeling tired or stressed out!
Dark chocolate is even better at reducing stress because it contains anandamide (also known as “the bliss molecule”) which is a neurotransmitter produced naturally by our body that reduces stress hormones in the brain such as cortisol and adrenaline while increasing dopamine production which makes us feel happy and relaxed.
Tips To Avoid The Marijuana Munchies
If you find yourself getting the munchies after smoking weed, there are a few things you can do to try and avoid it.
- Eat before you smoke. This will help to keep your stomach from feeling empty and will give you something to munch on besides weed.
- Smoke a sativa strain. Sativas are known for giving people energy, rather than making them feel couch-locked and hungry.
- Try CBD instead of THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it won’t give you the munchies like THC will.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will help to keep your appetite in check.
- Keep healthy snacks around.
Though there are many theories as to why weed gives users the munchies, the most likely explanation is that it increases levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone. So if you’re looking to lose weight, it’s best to steer clear of marijuana. However, if you’re trying to gain weight or just want an excuse to eat more junk food, then go ahead and smoke up!