Munchies: What are they and why do they appear?

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A caricature smoking a joint drools on a background full of munchies
A caricature smoking a joint drools on a background full of munchies


Relaxation, stimulation, well-being, laughter, happiness… And be hungry! These are some of the most common effects after smoking cannabis. Why does this happen? Does it happen to everyone? Can it be avoided? These and other questions are answered in this article…


👌 What are Munchies?

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The meaning of Munchies would be something like the voracious and uncontrollable hunger we feel after smoking a cannabis joint. It comes from “To munch”, which means to gnaw, chew or masticate, but in a quick and noisy way.

Cannabis munchies are not the same for everyone, it depends on your metabolism, but it’s quite common to feel like eating junk food when you’re high.


⛳ Why does weed give you the Munchies?


A study conducted with mice and published in Nature journal revealed why you take munchies after smoking weed. It seems that some cannabinoids have the ability to influence the signals emitted by certain types of neurons called Proopiomelanocortines (POMC).

These neurotransmitters are responsible for sending to the brain the signal of satiety after eating enough food. When we use cannabis, its neural function seems to be altered, causing a sensation of brutal hunger.

Another reason is that cannabis enhances our senses, including smell, and this is closely related to appetite. So it’s easy for us to appreciate any aroma of food we might crave for.


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📖 Better meals for Munchies hours


Here it doesn’t matter the culture, the habits or the country from which you smoke weed, munchies force you to eat all the junk food you can find. It is very common to be hungry for chocolate or sweet products, but also for hamburgers, ice cream, pizza, cookies, sandwiches, French fries and above all snacks, which have surely been invented for smokers.


🧐 Best Snacks for Munchies


The best ones do not mean the healthiest ones, in fact they are not very healthy, but they are the most chosen for Munchies moments.

  1. Cheetos
  2. M&M’s
  3. Gummies
  4. Oreo
  5. Doritos
  6. Donuts
  7. Snickers
  8. Glace Ben & Jerry ou Haagen Dazs
  9. Kit Kat
  10. Pringles
Image of an assortment of Munchies to enjoy after smoking cannabis*
Image of an assortment of Munchies to enjoy after smoking cannabis*


Healthy snacks for weed Munchies

Weed munchies can make you fat, especially if you have no self-control at mealtimes. If this is your case, we recommend that you have healthy food on hand for those moments. They can also be a good alternative as munchies for people who are on a diet. Here are a few examples:

  1. All kinds of fruit
  2. Fresh vegetables
  3. Nuts (not excessive)
  4. Natural yogurt
  5. Muesli
Image of an example of healthy food with fruits, vegetables and nuts*
Image of an example of healthy food with fruits, vegetables and nuts*


🎯 How to control or stop the Munchies after smoking weed?


The best thing is to distract the mind with some activities, to focus on something and thus leave less freedom to our brain to think for us. It would be ideal to go out for a walk, practice sports, or do mental exercises or games to keep our minds entertained with something and think less about other things.


👾 How to prevent Munchies?


A good way to avoid uncontrollable hunger is to drink a lot of water, as this fools the brain with the feeling of a full stomach. It is often difficult to stop the temptation to eat once it appears, so we must try not to let it happen.


🎬 Films and Munchies


There’s a great combination that is usually very popular among smokers, weed + couch + movie + munchies. If there is a heaven, it has to be something similar to that, especially if you choose a good movie to watch when high, although, if weed’s any good, even an animal documentary will work.




⭐ Conclusion


Munchies are side effects of cannabis use, and if left out of control they can lead to health problems. As we’ve seen before, if we don’t have a way to avoid uncontrolled hunger, we should try to eat healthy foods, drink a lot of water, or try to trick the mind with any activity. What’s your favorite munchie? Do you know any way to control it? Let’s hear it…

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