Whoever uses weed, in whatever form, knows that it can lead to a true eating feast. The 'munchies' is a well-known phenomenon that often leads to funny situations. People eat the weirdest combinations of all kinds of snack foods and sweets when they are stoned. Sounds familiar?

But how come? What causes the effect that you suddenly feel like eating three bags of Doritos when you are stoned?


Cannabis has been proven to help with the digestion of meals. This goes through a process that increases gastrointestinal motility. People who suffer from disorders associated with eating disorders (for example with dementia, hepatitis and HIV) can have a decreased appetite. These disorders can ultimately lead to malnutrition. This is why cannabis is part of a treatment in certain cases.


THC, a substance known to be found in cannabis, can play a role in certain medical treatments to stimulate hunger effects. THC causes a response in the brain that causes the appetite to increase. But the feeling of hunger does not affect everyone.


THC has the property to stimulate hunger effects, so that most consumers experience the effect that they always want to eat. Therefore, with the right approach, the hunger-inducing effects of THC-related products can help improve the quality of life for many patients.


An additional plus point is that the food often tastes better thanks to THC.

It is also interesting that some cannabis strains do the opposite. There are cannabis strains that can suppress appetite instead of increase appetite. So in this case the affect of cannabis on appitite is the opposite. 

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Disclaimer: This content is meant for educational purposes only. It has been compiled with research from external sources. it is not meant to substitute any medical or legal advice. Please see your local laws for the legality of cannabis use.