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Cannabis can without a doubt give you a case of the munchies. But have you ever wondered why that is? During the video by InformOverload 2, Dave Walpole explains the munchies according to science. As it turns out, it all has to do with the neurological effects that cannabis has on your brain. Hunger, in particular, is regulated by brains cells known as POMC neurons, located in the hypothalamus region. In fact, that’s not the only thing that area controls. Be sure to check out the video below for the juicy details.

Why does weed give you the munchies?

If you smoke weed, then chances are you know all about the munchies. Not only do these munchies cause you to eat a ton, but they also make it hard to stop eating.

So, why do you get the munchies in the first place?

Cannabis, in particular, has a neurological effect on the brain. As for hunger, appetite is regulated by brain cells known as POMC neurons.

POMC neurons are located in the hypothalamus region. Not only does this place control how much you eat and if you’re hungry, but it also regulates your sexual arousal. Oh-la-la!

According to Professor Tamas Horvath at the Yale University of Medicine, the POMC neurons are like brakes to the brain that slow down your appetite. However, when you introduce cannabis to your body, it increases the frequency in which POMC neurons fire.

Of course, you may assume that more POMCs should keep you from eating. But according to Horvath, in this case, it’s basically like applying the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

Finally, now you know why weed gives you the munchies.

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Brittney Sanger

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I am a free spirit located in a small college town. Most of the time I am busy working towards my degree in Healthcare Management. During my spare time, I enjoy writing, reading, shopping, music and board games. Most of all, I like Cannabis. I am a firm believer in Cannabis and the good it does for people. Marijuana is my motivator, my medicine for when I'm sick, and my most favored pick-me-up. Meeting and connecting with other Cannabis lovers is a passion of mine. It's a nice feeling to know that so many people feel the same way I do on the subject.
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