The science behind munchies:
Normally when you’ve had enough food your body and brain will send signals back and forth so you get the message to stop eating. Weed gets in the way of all that.
Marijuana contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Your body also naturally creates cannabinoids (called endocannabinoids in humans). These compounds are responsible, in part, for signaling to you that you are hungry or full.
Endocannabinoids interact with receptors in your body to help regulate your metabolism, activate hunger, and indicate satiety, among other processes.
The THC in marijuana stimulates your endocannabinoids, triggering the release of hormones that make you feel HUNGER feelings, even if you’re totally full.
And…..Thanks to evolution, you’re probably going to crave high-fat and high-calorie food instead of the healthy options you optimistically keep stocked in the fridge.
It may just come down to adaptive mechanisms within our bodies. If your body thinks you’re starving, it wants to target high-impact food that will give you a big boost of energy.
This is why healthy eating is just not in the cards when your munchin!