As 19 states and Washington, D.C. have moved to legalize recreational marijuana, smoking weed has become increasingly acceptable in the mainstream. According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for recreational use.
Now that having an occasional joint after work is beginning to become as normalized as having a beer when you clock out, it’s time to discuss the implications this may have on your ability to maintain the health you desire. There is, after all, a side effect of smoking weed that you may have heard of: the munchies. This term refers to the food cravings people often get after consuming cannabis.
What causes the munchies? Some emerging research suggests that the tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) found in marijuana may contribute to an increased sense of smell — which can also often lead to an increased appetite. So, how can you enjoy an edible now and then and avoid the munchies? And are the munchies really as awful as people make them out to be? Here are some expert-backed suggestions to follow next time you light up. Whether you stave off the hunger cravings or not, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and relax a little more.
1. Drink Lots Of Water
If you start to feel the munchies coming on, before you slink into your pantry, pour yourself a glass of water. “Oftentimes when we are thirsty, we get hungry,” Dr. Melissa Prest, national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Elite Daily. “So stay hydrated and drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids like water, sparkling water, decaf coffee, [and] herbal tea before, during, and after smoking.” However, Prest suggests steering clear of super sugary beverages like soda or juice, as “sugary foods also make us more thirsty,” which could send you right back to square one (a.k.a. craving Double Stuf Oreos and Ben & Jerry’s).
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Published: August 10, 2021
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