Can CBD Give You the “Munchies?


Munchies are a well-known side effect of marijuana, industrial hemp’s close cousin, but will hemp-derived CBD cause munchies? CBD and appetite definitely have a working relationship, but it’s not as simple as the popular depiction of the munchies. In order to understand how CBD affects your diet, it helps to understand how CBD works and what the munchies really are.

Cannabidiol Is Not Marijuana

While it has long been lumped in with its psychoactive cousin, industrial hemp and marijuana are different. Both are part of the cannabis genus and contain the same cannabinoids, but their composition is vastly different. Industrial hemp has less than 0.3% THC by weight, this is in comparison to marijuana which can have THC concentrations over 30%. This means primarily that CBD derived from industrial hemp won’t get you “high,” but it’s also related to the difference in how the two affect your appetite.

What Are the Munchies?

The munchies are a sense of extreme hunger often cited by users of marijauna. This is often portrayed in the media as a yearning for junk food like snack cakes and potato chips. It has also been erroneously portrayed as the same effect that fights nausea and loss of appetite in some chemotherapy patients. While the munchies may not hurt, the therapeutic effect is provided through several mechanisms.

First, THC stimulates the production of ghrelin, a naturally occurring hormone that stimulates your hunger for fatty foods. While usually this hormone only spikes when your stomach is empty, THC causes it to release early, whether or not you have food in your stomach.

THC also interacts with the CB1 receptors in your brain’s appetite control centers. This area regulates your hunger throughout the day and unlike CBD, puts appetite areas into overdrive, creating a desire to eat.

Finally, THC increases the dopamine levels in your brain. Dopamine controls pleasure, and with the dopamine increase, food tastes better, smells are more appetizing, and the act of eating can bring more pleasure. This creates a reward system for feeding the first two mechanisms that increase appetite.

A box of assorted donuts

CBD Can Still Affect Appetite

CBD munchies aren’t a thing, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect how you eat food. Under certain circumstances, CBD can help you find it easier to eat and eat more, but this is done without causing affecting the hormones or brain areas that cause and regulate hunger. Rather, CBD can create better situations for food intake in your body.

To start with, anecdotal evidence and some studies indicate CBD helps control nausea. By easing nausea, the normal appetite drives of your body are free to take effect. That means a previously nauseous person is more likely to eat food, find it enjoyable, and keep that food down.

Users also cite the calming effects of CBD on both the nervous system and digestive track. This helps users keep food down and gives them the confidence to eat more freely. Rather than CBD munchies, this is another case where the return of the body to “normal” is seen as an increase and the long-held boas to see hemp and marijuana as the same causes a regular eating pattern to be mislabeled.

So CBD Won’t Make Me Gain Weight?

Because of the relationship of CBD and appetite, users can end up being more robust eaters than before they began using CBD. This can present as a normal, healthy eating habit, but just as with people who do not use CBD, poor eating habits can also be adopted. These habits aren’t CBD munchies, but normal bad eating decisions due to stress, availability of quality food, budget, and other factors most Americans constantly struggle to balance.

Using CBD responsibly while making healthy decisions about food and exercise, however, can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Rather than a direct effect like that promised by common weight loss supplements, this is a secondary effect brought about by CBD’s other actions.

Because CBD helps ease stress, users who are prone to “stress eating” as a coping mechanism may find that they can easier say know to the cravings that lead them to take in more calories when the pressure is on. CBD’s ability to promote a calmer demeanor and more positive outlook can help reduce this need or at least aid you in making better decisions by reducing the urgency you feel to eat. In a way, CBD is anti-munchies.

CBD is also popular among athletes for the ability to aid focus and recovery after exertion. This makes maintaining a healthy level of activity easier. The American Heart Association recommends 2 ½ hours of moderate physical activity per week as a minimum for better heart health. By helping you heal and replenish after each session of exercise, CBD gets you ready for your next workout faster.

Getting a decent amount of quality sleep is an often unheralded part of maintaining a healthy weight, as lack of sleep can lead to the buildup of cortisol, which has been shown to increase belly fat. CBD can help you relax at night, encouraging deeper, better sleeping habits. By getting the proper amount and quality of rest, you’re more refreshed and ready to face the days demands.

Finding the Best CBD

When choosing a product with CBD, to avoid munchies, make sure it has a 0.0% THC content. That way you get all the benefits of CBD without the potential for any THC side effects. Our own CBD products start with naturally-grown American industrial hemp. Once it’s processed in our medical-grade facility in Colorado, the ultra-pure CBD oil is tested to make sure it’s both potent and uncontaminated by THC. These tests are repeated for our eventual finished products, and verified by third-party labs so you know you’re getting a premium product that is safe. If you want better CBD results, you have to use the best CBD products on the market.

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