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!