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5 Ways How to Stop the Munchies

5 ways how to stop the munchies

While cannabis has many positive effects on the body, for some people, increased appetite is not one of them. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage the “munchies” without overindulging.

In addition, while cannabis may stimulate appetite, findings consistently suggest that regular cannabis users have lower body mass indices (BMI) than non-users. A study in the American Journal of Medicine even found that cannabis use resulted in lower fasting insulin levels and smaller waist circumferences. In other words – keep on enjoying your cannabis, and just follow these tips to help practice moderation.

5 Ways How to Stop the Munchies  

  1. Keep healthy snacks around (and don't buy excessive junk food to begin with) – This two-fold approach helps ensure that when hunger does strike, the options available are nutritious and not full of empty calories. Fruit, Greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon or cacao powder, organic seasoned tortilla chips with avocado, cheese, and dark chocolate are all very satiating examples of foods to keep on hand when late-night (or whenever) cravings hit. 
  1. Choose a different strain of cannabis – Despite the common misconception that all cannabis makes you hungry, not all strains induce appetite. THC has been identified to stimulate the brain’s hypothalamus (associated with hunger and arousal), reports a Yale study. Therefore, choosing strains higher in CBD and lower in THC can help reduce this trigger. You can even go with a strain rich in THCV, a related chemical that actually suppresses appetite, according to Leafly. To benefit from the unique metabolic effects of THCV, Leafly suggests trying a strain like Cannatonic, Durban Poison, Jack the Ripper, or Moby Dick, to name a few. 
  1. Drink lots of water – Since dry mouth is a common side effect of cannabis, having plenty of water readily available not only quenches thirst, but can also help quell hunger. According to Healthline, drinking water promotes a feeling of fullness, and can help cut back on meal portion sizes. A study found that people who drank two glasses of water prior to a meal ate 22% less than those who did not. 
  1. Exercise or get involved in some sort of physical activity – Sometimes when hunger hits, the best way to avoid couch lock and downing a row of cookies is to avoid sitting down and instead go do something physical. Being outdoors in any sort of green space is a great way to distract the mind and burn some calories to boot. 
  1. Let yourself go – as long as you can get yourself back. Cannabis is a known flavor and sensory experience enhancer. To sell yourself short of enjoying “off-limits” food usually leads to binges and/or unsatisfactory frustration eating of foods that aren’t filling a craving. Eat more slowly, more mindfully, and savor every bite of a rich, indulgent food. As a result, you’ll eat less.

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