A goofy smile, bloodshot eyes, and munchies – these are the three giveaway signs that you’ve been smoking/vaping/eating marijuana (cross out the unnecessary). While we’re not going to talk about giggling and lying about allergies to people asking ‘have you been smoking marijuana?’, we will discuss the third sign in this article, which is, of course, unstoppable food cravings.
But do all cannabis strains make you hungry? While munchies are a widely discussed topic in the cannabis community, hardly anyone has ever asked this question because we got that used to feeling hungry all the time after the smoking session.
Apparently, not all cannabis strains will make you want to plunder your fridge. In fact, some of them can even suppress your appetite. But before we move on to the strain division, let’s explain what determines that difference.
THC vs. CBD – the Yin and Yang to Your Appetite
Cannabis consists of over 100 cannabinoids, but two of them have been particularly well examined thus far. These are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC mimics the structure of anandamide, our natural endocannabinoid and the so-called bliss molecule. Anandamide regulates a series of biological functions, including mood, inflammation, stress, temperature, pain perception, appetite and more.
When THC enters your body, your brain responds to it as if the body produced increased amounts of anandamide. This, in turn, makes it crystal-clear why cannabis improves mood (sometimes even inducing euphoria), reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and makes you hungry.
On the other hand, CBD works as natural modulator for the endocannabinoid system. While it helps the body maintain higher level of its endocannabinoids, it counteracts the potential psychotic properties of THC by blocking the receptor areas in the brain to which THC wants to bind, especially CB1 receptors. This is why CBD can relieve anxiety induced by large amounts of THC and, at the same time, suppress appetite. Animal studies showed that rats given CBD ate much less than the control, and CBD has been proved to increase leptin levels.
So, to cut the long story short, if you want to feel like your stomach has no space limits, opt for a THC-rich strain. However, if your goal is to eat less and think less about food in general, strains that are high in CBD may come in handy.
This, in turn, brings us to what we love the most – strain hunting. Here we go!
Top 3 Cannabis Strains that Will Not Give You Munchies
Still thinking that relief without intoxication and hunger pangs is not possible? We’re happy to prove you wrong with this three cannabis strains with incredibly high CBD content.
ACDC is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain, which has a remarkable ratio of THC to CBD. ACDC contains little to no intoxicating effects an has been tested to contain as much as 19% of CBD, which is enough to help many patients relieve pain, epilepsy, anxiety, and maintain a clear head throughout the day. Due to extremely low levels of THC, this strain won’t make you crave food, so it’s a safe option for those who don’t want to think about food for hours.
Patients who have been using MediHaze praise this strain for uncompromised energy and clarity, and a complete lack of munchies. MediHaze is known for its equal levels of THC and CBD, so contrary to high-THC, low-CBD strains, this cannabis variety is much better for controlling your appetite.
This sativa-dominant strain is a cross between Colombian Gold, Nepali Indica, Thai, and some landrace space. With the CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, Harlequin is one of the best strain for those who seek relief from pain and anxiety. Despite appetite-stirring flavors (this earthy musk with mango undertones is simply gorgeous), this strain will keep your food cravings at bay.
Top 3 Cannabis Strains that Will Elevate Your Appetite
Now, here’s a little treat for all cannabis foodies out there. If you can’t imagine a juicy steak or a slutty dessert without a bowl – and we don’t mean ‘cereal bowl’ – these three high-THC strains will do the job just perfectly.
The descendant of the favored Girl Scout Cookies offers the same level of relaxation and euphoria its parent does. As the sleepy effects take some time to kick in, you will be provided with a nice window for fulfilling your deepest culinary desires, and believe us, the urge to conquer your munchies will be as strong as your unwillingness to get up from the couch.
Maui Bubble Gift
This one is a hybrid that contains the best from the three worlds. Maui Bubble Gift originates from three medicinal strains: God’s Gift, Maui Waui, and Bubble Gum. This indica-dominant variety has an exceptionally high CBD content, which makes it a perfect strain for those struggling with pain and nausea. Aside from the mental clarity provided by Maui Waui, you can expect a soothing sensation in your stomach, one that whispers right to your ear that it’s dinner time.
Green Crack is one of the most renowned cannabis sativa strains in the world. The cerebral sensation provided by this variety is second-to-none when it comes to experiencing euphoric feelings. Those “mind giggles”, as we like to call them, are accompanied by a boost of creativity and focus, which makes Green Crack just the perfect strain for daytime use; it will keep you both relaxed and energize. Oh, and don’t forget to keep some snacks at hand because Green Crack is merciless for your willpower. Alternatively, you can give reigns to your imagination and enhance your cooking skills while high – why not?
What are your favorite strains to quench the thirst for the droolworthy food? Or are you that type of person who needs to control the intake of calories? Whichever side you’re on, name your picks!
Cannabis has a myriad of health benefits and only few (if any) side effects, none of which can be considered serious. Nonetheless, if you’re a medical marijuana patient, it’s perfectly understandable that you have many questions regarding cannabis.
How will it affect me? What is the optimal dosage for beginners? How to consume cannabis for the first time? And last but not least, what are the best cannabis products for first-time patients?
To begin with, keep in mind that cannabis affects everyone differently, so what is ideal for you may not necessarily be good for another person. However, there are some basic guidelines to follow if you are a first-time marijuana patient. The purpose of approaching cannabis with baby steps is to make yourself familiar with the herb and figure out what part of marijuana consumption you find the most appealing.
Below, you will find the 7 best cannabis products for first-time patients.
1. High-CBD Strains
If you feel like you’re ready to try THC-dominant cannabis strains, go ahead and try them, but as it is with everything in life, keep it in moderation. Although THC is a known relaxant and anti-anxiety agent, it can actually increase anxiety in extensive dosage, so cut your cloak according to your cloth.
But what if you don’t like the THC? If that’s the case, you might want to try some of the high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains. They will carry all the benefits of the herb, but without inducing the psychoactive ‘high’. On top of that, CBD is known to help control one’s appetite, so if you want to stay in shape, CBD-rich flowers are the way to go.
How to Consume high-CBD strains?
Some people like to smoke their buds, bud in when it comes to high-CBD strains, smoking is actually counter-productive. CBD degrades to its inactive version when its combusted, so the best way to consume your CBD flowers is to make some cannabis-infused edibles or simply vaporize your material for instant relief.
2. Cannabis Edibles
Let’s be honest, not everyone likes to inhale smoke or vapor from cannabis. Some people prefer other delivery methods, such as ingestion. That being said, you can use your resources to prefer cannabis-infused edibles, such as sweet treats or even whole meals based on cannabutter or cannabis olive oil – sky is the limit, as they say.
The greatest advantage of using cannabis edibles is that the effects last much longer than if you smoked dried marijuana buds; the effects from edibles can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. However, edibles take usually a bit more time to kick in, so if you want to know how it feels to be high on cannabis-infused food, you will have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes (up to an hour).
3. Cannabis Oil/Tinctures
As much as we don’t want to shoot blinds without any statistical data, it looks like cannabis tinctures are one of the most popular methods of cannabinoid delivery among medical users. It’s no wonder that patients like tinctures. They are versatile – you can either drop them beneath the tongue or mix them with your food – and they are actually safe since you don’t need to smoke the product in order to feel the desired effect. The only drawback of cannabis tinctures is the taste, but then again, it’s a very subjective matter because some people actually like the raw taste of cannabis oil.
Well, this point is quite ambiguous, but we decided to put concentrates on our list for one reason – microdosing. When you microdose cannabis, you deliver small amounts of cannabinoids from the plant to your body, which makes you on the verge of being sharply focused and mildly high. Nonetheless, since concentrates are the most potent form of cannabis, it’s paramount that you don’t get started with dabbing thick patches of wax.
Cannabis capsules are one of the most convenient consumption methods. There’s no need to spend time on measuring out the required dose because cannabis capsules come with certain dosages. This, in turn, helps you adjust the amount of cannabinoids to your health condition, not to mention that capsules come in extremely handy for people who are always on the move.
6. Vape Juices
Yes, fellow cannabis lovers, THC- and CBD-infused vape juices are a real thing. Better yet, the popularity of vapable cannabis product has become a global phenomenon. Everyone vapes canna-juices, from A-list celebrities to regular folks and medical users. Cannabis vape juices come with one unquestionable advantage: they bring almost instant relief as the cannabinoids are released right to your bloodstream. On top of that, vaporizing cannabis is way safer than smoking the plant and, at the same time, incomparably more efficient. Vaporizing makes over 90% of the plant’s active compounds enter your body, while smoking produces anywhere from 50 to 75% of waste, let alone the litany of carcinogens inhaled during the process.
Cannabis has long been respected as a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic, but its pain relieving properties can be also used to fight localized pain. Whenever you feel soreness in your muscles, or you get injured, apply cannabis cream or salve and wait several minutes until you feel the effects. Besides, let us not forget that cannabis topicals can also improve skin and fight skin-related problems, such as acne or eczema.
Do you remember your first time as a medical cannabis user? What was the first product you have tried? Share your stories!