It seems like a lot of stoners really hate getting the munchies! Personally we think chowing down on junk food during a session is one the most awesome parts of getting high. But, if you're putting on weight or munching yourself into a food coma every time you blaze then it's probably a good idea to get a handle on it. We've searched the corners of the internet and compiled these 13 techniques that have worked for others. Hopefully at least one of them will help you figure out how to not get the munchies!
Why does smoking weed make you hungry?
Before we get started, it's useful to understand exactly why smoking weed makes gives you the the munchies. Recent research has shown that the CB1 receptors that THC bind to in the brain release a chemical that increases appetite when activated by THC. Previous research has also shown that stoners smell and taste food more strongly because THC binds to CB1 receptors in the area of the brain that controls smell and taste.
THCV and appetite suppression
It gets even more complicated because new research has also looked into a variant of THC called THCV that actually suppresses appetite instead of increasing it! THCV binds to the same CB1 receptors as THC but is an antagonist of the receptor. THCV is present in some strains of sativa weed (Durban poison is a good example) and scientists are studying its potential use as a weight loss drug.
1. Don't rely on willpower - replace your junk food with healthy options
This isn't strictly teaching you how to not get the munchies, but no matter how hard you try at some point you'll weaken and devour the sack of Cheetos you hid from yourself in the laundry. If all you have are healthier options you'll be much more likely to go for these when the munchies strike.
2. Chew gum while you smoke
This technique is very popular and seems to work for a lot of people. The chewing also has the added benefit of occupying your stoned mind. Maybe it'll even burn a couple of calories as well.
3. Brush your teeth soon after you start smoking
This genius technique relies on the fact that all food tastes nasty after you've just cleaned your teeth. Because THC increases your sense of smell and taste, the minty toothpaste will taste extra strong and food will be the last thing on your mind.
4. Eat hard candies
The beauty of this technique is that you can be technically eating for hours but only get through 4 or 5 small candies. The trick is to resist the urge to crunch them so they last longer.
5. Drink plenty of fluids
5 liters of soda or juice doesn't count here because it's full of sugar. Water is obviously the best option but if you can't stomach that then diet soda works as well.
6. Eat low GI carbs before you smoke
The munchies don't care how full you are but several people suggested that eating slow release low GI carbs before smoking really help control it.
7. Eat protein bars
Protein bars are normally low GI, they really fill you up and it's pretty hard to eat too many of them without feeling disgusting. This is a handy technique we plan to try ourselves.
8. Suck on calorie free frozen diet pops
Put 200 of these in the freezer and go nuts. They don't have any calories, taste (kind of ) delicious and will occupy your hands and your mind while you smoke. They're also very refreshing on the throat after smoking a joint or punching a huge cone.
9. Drink green tea
Green tea is a natural appetite suppressant, doesn't really have any calories and will help keep you hydrated while you smoke. This one seems like a winner.
10. Workout before you smoke weed
OK so this one also isn't really helping you figure out how to not get the munchies but it's still a good idea if you know you're going to weaken and inhale a family sized pizza all by yourself. At least you'll have earned a couple slices.
11. Do something interesting
Take up a hobby or activity that will fully occupy your mind while you smoke and help you ignore the munchies. Netflix doesn't count.
12. Take some 5-HTP
5-HTP has been shown to work as an appetite suppressant as well as enhancing mood and helping sleep. We'd be interested to hear if people have had success with this to control the munchies.
13. Build tolerance to weed
As you smoke more and your tolerance for weed goes up, most people find that they suffer less from the munchies. This doesn't really help though if you put on 50 pounds before you stop getting mad hunger every time you smoke.