Everybody knows that smoking high THC weed can often leave you feeling absolutely starving, inducing an intense hunger which motivates smokers to consume everything in their path. Although, can the same be said about CBD? Does CBD stimulate or inhibit appetite? Let’s find out.
The munchies are definitely real – at least when it comes to THC – and there is actually quite a bit of science behind it. THC fuels the production of ghrelin, a hormone which causes individuals to feel hunger. It also increases dopamine levels – a chemical in the body known to play a role in motivation and feelings of reward. But can the same be said for CBD
One of these cannabinoids is not like the others…
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t actually trigger any of the same biological mechanisms that are associated with an increase in appetite. In fact, CBD has been shown to work against CBD, oftentimes counteracting its effects entirely. Thus, I can confidently say that CBD does not induce the munchies.
There does appear to be evidence that CBD can help aid weight-loss, though. Studies published in the Molecular and Biochemistry journal even go so far as to claim CBD involves itself in the breakdown of fat, as well as contributes to an increase in calories burned.
Some Final Points
Just because CBD fails to induce cravings doesn’t mean it isn’t a little bit useful in stimulating appetite. Looking at the bigger picture there are lots of different reasons as to why a person may not feel like eating (depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and so on) and CBD has proven to have potential in treating several of these. So, if you’re looking for something natural and non-psychoactive to help make you hungry, there may be some hope yet. There’s no harm in giving it a try.
What has CBD done for you? Let us know in the comments, we always love to hear from our readers.
By Brodie Mckenzie