Why does cannabis give you the munchies

Why does cannabis give you the munchies?

Have you ever wondered why you get so freaking hungry after consuming cannabis? You just want to eat all the food in the world or maybe you just really feel like eating weird combinations of food? You are definitely not the alone!

It is a common phenomenon which is often called ‘’the munchies’’ or ‘’cannabis cravings’’. It refers to the sudden and very intense feeling of hunger that often occurs after consuming cannabis. This heightened appetite is characterized by strong cravings for salty, sweet, or fatty foods. Or really just every food that you could possibly like!

How long does it take for the munchies to kick in?

Why and how do the munchies occur?

What are some of the best foods to eat while high?

How can I reduce my munchies?


How long does it take for the munchies to kick in?

The munchies typically occur within the first few hours of consuming cannabis and can last up to several hours. However, the amount of time it takes for the munchies to kick in after consuming can vary depending on various factors. People with faster metabolisms may experience the munchies way sooner and more intensely than people with slower metabolisms. The potency of the cannabis also plays a factor, higher potency strains tend to result in stronger munchies. And last, the method of consumption: smoking or vaping weed generally produces faster-acting effects, including the munchies. Edibles can take up to two hours to fully metabolize, so the munchies may not kick in until then.

Or maybe you won’t get the munchies at all! It's not that you always get the munchies after consuming weed. It varies a lot from person to person. Some people don't have extreme tendencies to eat a lot at all, or only much later after consuming. On the other hand, there are also many who reach for snacks right after consuming. It is very person-specific thing.


Why and how do the munchies occur?

The exact mechanisms behind the munchies are still being explored, but research suggests that it is related to the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis. THC interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex signaling system that plays a role in various functions, including appetite regulation.

The THC component binds to the CB1 receptors, primarily located in the brain and body's fat tissues. These receptors also play a role in appetite regulation, and THC's activation can increase the release of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger pangs.

Next to this, consuming cannabis also increases dopamine release. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This heightened dopamine activity intensifies the satisfaction derived from eating, making everything feel and taste way better.

Finally, THC can alter sensory perception, making food seem more appealing and flavorful. This heightened sensory experience enhances cravings and causes you to eat more than you normally would.


What are some of the best foods to eat while high?

So, there you are, looking for the right snack that will delight all your senses. With all the possible choices, you may not know what to choose from. At this point you could basically eat everything and it would taste like heaven, but you want to spend your munchies on something REALLY tasty. We got you covered my friend.

The best foods to eat of course vary from person to person as preferences and sensitivities differ. However, some there are some general guidelines and popular choices that most people enjoy eating.


Sweet treats

  • High-quality chocolate, whether in the form of bars, truffles, or chocolate-covered fruits, can be a rich and satisfying choice.
  • Gummies, hard candies, and other chewy sweets are convenient and come in a variety of flavors.
  • Classic choices like chocolate chip cookies or fudgy brownies are often popular.
  • A cold and creamy treat like ice cream can be soothing and enjoyable. Explore different flavors and consider topping it with your favorite additions.
  • Cupcakes, pastries, and cakes can be a delightful indulgence. Consider trying different flavors and textures.
  • Caramel candies, caramel popcorn, or caramel-filled chocolates can provide a sweet and chewy experience.
  • Fried pastries like churros or donuts can be a satisfying choice, especially with various glazes and toppings.

 Cannabis and Munchies - sweet treats

Savory snacks

  • A classic combination of various cheeses and crackers can provide a satisfying mix of textures and flavors.
  • Air-popped popcorn with savory seasonings like cheese, garlic, or herbs can be a light and satisfying snack.
  • Pretzels, whether traditional or flavored, are a crunchy and salty option that many people enjoy.
  • Tortilla chips paired with salsa or guacamole provide a satisfying combination of crunch and savory flavors.
  • Create a personalized charcuterie board with a variety of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and crackers for a sophisticated snacking experience.
  • Jalapeño peppers or stuffed peppers with cheese or other savory fillings can add a spicy and flavorful kick.
  • Whether fried or fresh, cheese sticks or cheese curds are a simple and delicious savory snack.

 Cannabis and Munchies - Savory snacks

Comfort foods

  • Creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese is a timeless comfort food that appeals to many.
  • Creamy mashed potatoes, perhaps with butter or gravy, provide a comforting and hearty side dish.
  • The customizable nature of pizza makes it a versatile comfort food. Whether it's a classic Margherita or a loaded supreme, pizza is often a go-to choice.
  • Layers of pasta, cheese, and savory meat sauce make lasagna a hearty and comforting dish.
  • Fluffy pancakes or waffles, topped with syrup, fruits, or whipped cream, offer a comforting and indulgent breakfast or snack.

 Cannabis and Munchies - Comfort foods

Healthier snacking options

  • Enjoy a variety of fresh fruits like apples, berries, grapes, or slices of melon. The natural sweetness can satisfy your sweet tooth while providing essential vitamins and fiber.
  • Dark chocolate is a good option, it contains antioxidants and may satisfy your sweet cravings
  • Roast chickpeas with your favorite seasonings for a crunchy and protein-packed alternative to traditional snacks.
  • Dip sliced vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber in guacamole for a flavorful and nutrient-rich option.
  • Enjoy a bowl of low-fat cottage cheese with fresh pineapple chunks for a satisfying blend of protein and natural sweetness.

 Cannabis and Munchies - Healthy snacks

How can I reduce my munchies?

We can imagine that getting the munchies isn't always a good thing. You may try to live as healthy a life as possible, but at the same time continue to enjoy your joint. Maybe you have a New Year's resolution to lose some weight. In these cases, it can be very difficult to resist the munchies. The feeling of hunger can sometimes be so strong that it is difficult to stop yourself.

We have also faced this problem and have come up with the following solutions to ease the fight against the munchies.

  • Sometimes, feelings of hunger are actually signs of dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout your high to stay hydrated and consider flavored water or herbal teas for variety.
  • Before using marijuana, plan your snacks in advance. This way, you can make healthier choices rather than impulsively reaching for whatever is available.
  • Chewing gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can keep your mouth occupied and provide a sensory distraction without adding a significant number of calories.
  • Stay active and engaged in activities that don't involve eating. Whether it's going for a walk, practicing a hobby, or socializing with friends, keeping busy can help take your mind off food.
  • Lack of sleep can contribute to increased feelings of hunger. Prioritize getting enough rest, as it can positively impact both your mood and appetite.


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