Will I get the munchies from smoking weed?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

Research has shown for quite some time that medical marijuana can be used to mediate hunger. In fact, there is a bevy of evidence that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a major role in the stimulation of appetite. It seems that endocannabinoid activity in the central nervous system regulates food intake. This is because whenever you’re hungry your ECS sends signals to your hypothalamus in your brain to tell you it’s time to eat.

This phenomenon has a lot to do with why many people report feeling “the munchies” after consuming cannabis. However, a study published earlier this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience suggests that an increased sensitivity to smell may also come into play.

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