Mulling the marijuana munchies: How the brain flips the hunger switch

Summary: The ‘munchies,’ or that uncontrollable urge to eat after using marijuana, appear to be driven by neurons in the brain that are normally involved in suppressing appetite, according to a new study.

One of the side effects of medical cannabis is hunger, but not for everyone.  Because of my TMJ, I was worried about this side effect.  But I didn’t have that problem — you know, if you can call it a problem.  In fact, I thought bud worked almost like an appetite suppressant at times.

Yes, most people find food more enjoyable after smoking some bud, but I’ve always enjoyed food, with or without medication.  However, mastication is another matter…

Since chewing is painful for TMJ sufferers, I’m mostly on a soft diet.  (Yes, I cheat.)  I miss… well, many different kinds of food.  (If I started making a list, I’d never quit.)  The pain of eating can force me to skip a meal or two, but before my year was up in the Medical Cannabis Program, I thought cannabis was helping me to eat on a more regular basis.

Seriously, marijuana has the least amount of side effects than any other drug I’ve taken (and I’ve taken almost all of them).

4 thoughts on “Mulling the marijuana munchies: How the brain flips the hunger switch

    • You should hope that your state legalizes completely — if the market is only open for medical, the prices are sky high. (No pun intended.) And of course, insurance doesn’t cover it. You can’t image the difference in the price from prescription medications to cannabis. It’s ridiculous.

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