Why do we get the munchies when we are stoned?

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Just a general question, Ive gotten the munchies before and it felt like i went a long time without eating. Was just curious on why this is

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Anonymous 0 Comments

From what I understand, it has something to do with the fact that the human body did not evolve with any way to send the signal that it craves more cannabis, so it uses the hunger signal instead. When you get the munchies, your body is apparently just craving more THC, but it doesn’t know how to tell you.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Cannabis molecules (cannabinoids) interact with all sorts of systems in the body. One of these systems is the food-seeking system. We think that it increases the levels of hormones that make you feel hungry.

More indepth:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-020-0756-3

An important thing to note is that the endocannabinoid system is a regulatory system, which has its hand in regulating a whole heap of different bodily functions like digestion, fertility, immune function, mood, the list goes on. This is why cannabis has such profound effects across the brain and body. It directly interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which then affects other systems through regulatory processes.

Anonymous 0 Comments

From what I have read, it’s because it stimulates production of the hormone ghrelin, which is normally only produced by your body when your stomach is empty.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Low vitamins. Your body craves vitamins and makes you feel hungry until you get the right stuff. A vitamin protein shake is probably what you really need, but chips look so appealing and convenient you grab those instead. And then have a bunch because they contain few vitamins.