We are living in a world where marijuana is widely spread and accepted as a harmless recreational drug. It is often stated by the users and even scientists that marijuana leaves no negative effects on the users. But does that mean that there are no effects at all? Did you ever consider that the reason you are eating so much lately can be linked with your recent marijuana use?
Yes, it’s a known fact that besides making everything around you look so funny, marijuana can also open up your appetite in no time. Most of the people who ever tried marijuana experienced that strange feeling when food becomes your top priority in life and you just can’t stop eating. You keep on checking your refrigerator without freezer to find your favourite snack. That phenomenon is known as the munchies and it baffled the scientists (and just regular “potheads” thinking about all kind of stuff) for years, mainly because they couldn’t explain the science behind it.
Yale University neurobiologist, Tamas Horvath, shared with the public that he had discovered why and how marijuana affects your eating habits. With a group of his colleagues, Horvath discovered that cannabis is basically tricking your brain into believing that your are hungry, even when you are absolutely not. During the experiments they discovered that all those neurons usually responsible for stopping the hunger, under the influence of THC found in marijuana, started promoting hunger even when the subjects were completely full. In press release related to the experiments, Horvath compared that situation with one in which you are hitting a break pedal and instead of stopping your car is starting to accelerate.
According to the science, if you smoke some marijuana immediately after your lunch chances are that your are going to feel hungry again. Another reason for it may be hidden behind the fact that cannabis is also responsible for making food to smell and taste more intense, which is also discovery made by Horvath and his colleagues. So that yesterday leftovers waiting for you in a small upright freezer would probably taste so much better if you smoke some marijuana first.
Although the results and conclusions are yet to be proven right on human subject (they were done on mice), numerous studies of similar nature and results have been conducted before. So if you are interested in using marijuana keep in mind that although there are no explicitly negative effects on human body and brain attached to it, there are certainly those that can affect some of your important habits.