3 Ways In Which Cannabis Use Affects The Brain And Causes Hunger

Several things happen when you use Cannabis.  The active ingredients in Cannabis, known as cannabinoids, will affect the brain in a number of different ways.  There are no less than 85, probably more, different cannabinoids that will each have a separate kind of effect.

The cannabinoid that provides you with the memory-killing-high is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Together with that high, your brain’s “I am starving” reactor kicks in and send the appropriate message to stimulate hunger.

Why Cannabis Causes Hunger:

  1. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) targets Smell and Taste: (THC) targets the smell and taste senses, among many more things, which make you smell sense intensify, as well as, intensifying your taste buds.  The heightened senses then stimulate your appetite.  And then you get very hungry because everything smells terrific and tastes better.
  2. (THC) affects the Hormones Leptin and Ghrelin: Ghrelin is a hormone that is released by the body to stimulate the brain to increase hunger sensations.  (THC) connects to more than one hunger-stimulator and also affects the release of the feel-good hormone, Dopamine.  (THC) copies the body’s natural feel-good endocannabinoid-system that regulates physiological processes.
  3. (THC) inhibits the release of the Hormone Leptin: Leptin is normally stimulated by the body’s excess in energy stores; however, while (THC) connects with neurotransmitters and hunger stimulators, it inhibits the release of Leptin.  While your brain will normally send the signal that you do not need more food, it will not receive the correct messages.  Less Leptin will have you feeling hungry the whole time.


To conclude; using Cannabis improves your sense of smell which will improve your sense of taste, together with the release of feel-good hormones and hunger hormones, your body will feel its starving.  The combination will be of eating none stop because it feels good and tastes and smell amazing.

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