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How to Stop the Munchies When High

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Hey, Fine Fettle folks! Ever found yourself deep in a munchies marathon after a blissful session, devouring everything from nachos to the last cookie in the jar?

While the appetite-stimulating effects of cannabis are very beneficial for some medical patients—for example, they can be a vital therapeutic benefit for those undergoing cancer treatments, contributing positively to their quality of life and recovery—but, for most recreational users, the munchies are not always welcome, especially this time of year when we’re all getting in shape for the summer!

Here's a little insight into why cannabis turns us into snack monsters and how we can outsmart those sneaky munchies.

Why Does Weed Make You Hungry?

Believe it or not, cannabis has a way of messing with your brain's hunger signals. Instead of feeling full, you might feel like you could eat a whole pizza... and then some. While this is a blessing for individuals needing to boost their appetite for medical reasons, it can be a curse for those of us trying to keep a trim waistline.

Appetite-Suppressing Cannabis

Humulene is a fascinating terpene found in cannabis that offers a unique twist on the traditional effects associated with marijuana use. Unlike some other terpenes and cannabinoids that can increase appetite (often referred to as "the munchies"), humulene is known for its appetite-suppressing properties. This characteristic makes it especially interesting to those looking to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the associated increase in hunger.

If you're looking to get high without the munchies, indulging in cannabis with high contents of Humulene can help! Check out some products we recommend below:

The trick is finding strains that are higher in Humulene than in Myrcene. If avoiding the munchies is a priority, opting for Humulene-rich strains can be a strategic choice.

Eight Cool Tricks to Combat the Munchies

  1. Stick to a Meal Schedule: Before you light up, make sure you’ve had your fill of well-balanced meals throughout the day. A good eating schedule keeps the random munchies at bay.
  2. Distract Yourself: When the cravings hit, switch up your focus. Dive into a video game, get artsy with a Bob Ross painting session, or plan your dream cannabis den. Keep your mind busy and away from thoughts of food.
  3. Freshen Up: Brushing your teeth after toking can be a game-changer. The minty freshness not only distracts you from food but might also make those snacks taste a little less appealing.
  4. Pick the Right Strain: Some cannabis strains are infamous for inducing hunger, but others, particularly those high in CBD and THCV, might curb your appetite. Experiment to find your perfect munchie-free match.
  5. Banish Temptation: If you know you can’t resist certain snacks, don’t keep them around. Clear your house of all your go-to munchie foods. If they aren’t there, you can’t eat them!
  6. Healthy Alternatives: Fill your pantry with healthier options. When the munchies strike, reach for something like a tropical yogurt parfait instead of leftover takeout. Your body (and your scale) will thank you.
  7. Work Out Before You Toke: Offset potential munchie-induced calorie gains by working up a sweat before your session. Whether it’s yoga, running, or lifting weights, it’s a great way to prep for a little indulgence.
  8. Turn Munchies into Opportunities: If you can’t fight the urge to eat, use it as a chance to improve your diet. Enhance your munchies with nutritious choices like a spinach frittata – delicious and munchie-proof!

So, there you have it! Next time you partake, remember these tips and keep your snacking smart and your figure springtime-ready. Who says you can’t enjoy the best of both worlds? Happy toking, and even happier snacking (or not)!

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