Here’s how to get rid of the munchies, save your wallet and reduce your waistline.
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Satisfying the munchies is, for many cannabis enthusiasts, the most expensive part of their practice. While for many medical users, cannabis’ ability to stimulate your appetite can feel like a miracle, recreational users can find this aspect of getting high more akin to a curse—a never-ending desire for salty snack foods and sugary drinks. It’s called the munchies, and it’s a financial black hole.
So how do you get rid of the munchies without the help of your local corner store and debit card’s tap function? It isn’t always easy, but with some careful planning and earnest effort, it is possible to be high and not hungry.
Here are some of our favorite techniques to obliterate the munchies.
Ok, so maybe you don’t want to exercise when you’re high. That’s ok. But boredom is still not your friend when you’re looking to stave off the munchies. How many times do you find yourself peering into your refrigerator when trying to get work done at home, even though you already know what’s in there? We use food as a distraction, a way of procrastinating that is justifiable because it’s an essential bodily function. We often eat even when our body doesn’t need food.
Next time you’re high and feel the munchies coming on, try to distract yourself with something that can stimulate the body or mind. Pick up an engaging book. Play a video game that requires a high level of focus. Get outside and play some sports. If your hunger mysteriously disappears, it’s because you were never really hungry, you were bored.
Sometimes, thirst is misinterpreted as hunger. Keeping yourself well hydrated is generally good practice, but extra hydration can help to eliminate the feeling of emptiness in your stomach. Clinical trials have found that water can be effective in reducing your appetite, and even in helping you to lose weight. Water fills your stomach, but unlike potato chips, is zero calories and often free to access.
If water doesn’t satisfy your cravings, you might want to try something a little more flavorful, like tea. Tea is great because it comes in a variety of flavors, is hydrating, and best of all: it’s extremely cheap. Sometimes, when you have the munchies, you’re really just bored and looking for something to occupy your hands and mouth. Tea can definitely help satisfy that craving.
If you’re eating and eating and eating and never getting full, it may have less to do with cannabis or your stomach, and more to do with the fact that Doritos do not exactly satisfy your body’s need for vitamins and minerals.
Next time you get high and feel those familiar pangs of hunger coming on, reach for a banana, orange, or grapefruit. Make yourself a well-rounded meal with lots of leafy greens and foods that satisfy your body’s craving for nutrients. If you can include foods from all food groups, you’ll feel much more satisfied than a meal of mostly carbs and cheese.
Exercise is a great way to ward off the munchies for a couple of reasons. For one, it’ll distract your body and mind. Rather than thinking about the leftover pizza in your refrigerator, your focus will be the energy-intensive task at hand. It’s hard to think about eating when you’re 30 minutes into a 10-kilometer run and trying not to puke.
Scientifically, exercise is also a safe bet when trying to get rid of the munchies. Researchers have determined that exercise—particularly aerobic exercise—affects the body’s appetite hormones in a way that suppresses your appetite. Working exercise into your normal cannabis consumption regimen may not only help to eliminate the desire for junk food, but leave you with a set of killer abs.
Fuck it, life’s short. Eat that pizza!