We all know that, duh, weed makes you hungry. What we don’t exactly know is, why smoking up might make someone suddenly crave three helpings of ugali. However, science is getting closer to that answer.

Although marijuana is very much illegal in Kenya, there’s a growing global research community who are legally looking into the effects that marijuana plays in our brains. This has been proven,  by a new study done at Yale Medical School on the neurological effects on hunger after using marijuana. This is a large step in the medical community’s knowledge on marijuana for a few reasons;

  1. hunger-inducing medications such as cannibis can save the lives of cancer patients and others with problems eating.
  2. Pharmaceutical companies are also intensely interested in figuring out the exact mechanism for munchies in order to make a better weight loss pill.

The idea being that if we know what “turns on” hunger, we will be able to turn it off. This does more for just the weed community, but also for people with binging disorders, or those needing aid in wieghtloss.

So, what do we already know about how cannibinoids work towards making you a scavenger of anything edible?

1.Tricking Your Brain

In short, Cannibinoids trick the most primitive part of your brain. This part of your brain control instincts like hunger and sexual desire, making the simplest of tasks more pleasurable.

2.The Senses

If you’ve ever been blazed at a family function (we highly recommend it, get it? highly lol) then, you know how it feels to want food in a way that far surpasses regular hunger. Ever wonder why? It’s called the olfactory effect. Marijuana heightens all senses meaning that you are literally able to smell and taste better.

End of story, in the right circumstances, the munchies are super fun. This is because marijuana actually makes food taste better.

As outdated and stringent laws are slowly being lifted worldwide, more researchers are getting a chance to study the forever illusive plant. An even greater step that scientists have discovered, is a way to make a compound that keeps marijuana from getting you high. Just another great feat for marijuana as a medicinal alternative.