Besides some changes of behaviour or mood, one of the well-known side effects of marijuana is that getting high could turn on your appetite, however, this doesn’t have to be the constant effect everytime you smoke, the good thing is you’re not alone, science has studied this effect: it happens because under the influence of cannabis, flavors seem to jump right out of food. It occurs because the component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) activates CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain that rouse one’s appetite and heighten the sense of smell.
All this mixed can often lead to unhealthy food choices as a result, but the truth is that you can use the right strains to help you with your weight loss process.
Obesity: a big problem
According to the World Health Organization, overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. Right now, obesity is a main problem in the US and an important cause of many other diseases around the world. Obesity doesn’t always mean you’re eating too much, it can be the result of some other things that are not working properly in your body.
A research developed recently in the United States and published in 2016 shows that current marijuana use is associated with lower odds of metabolic syndrome across emerging and middle-aged US adults.
When weight loss is your goal, experts suggest to search for cannabis that is high in THCV, this is one of the most studied and important cannabinoids at a medical level. It’s commonly found in the Sativa dominant strains.
The first step to start to control you overweight is, of course, a visit to the doctor to know the real cause. It’s also important that you change your food choices and start exercising.
So, which strains can help?
Consuming the appropriate strains can help you with two important items that help you to lose weight: avoiding cravings and helping you to exercise.
The origin is not really clear but one theory is Green Crack comes from an Afghani strain, is known by its tighter bud structure. It’s a result of a hybrid with Sativa dominance, strong, robust, easy to grow, short flowering, powerful and productive.
This version of sativa is a high-speed mental buzz that can help you to focus accompanied by the fruity aroma of mangoes. A wonderful cannabis strain to treat stress or depression, or to get up and running any time of day. However, be careful not to consume the 75% indica variety of Green Crack. As an opposite effect, this version will make you to stay at home and hungry for anything.
This one is known for being a cross between Blueberry indica and Haze sativa, it provides an excellent go-to strain for flavor and relief. It’s also known because can help to curb appetite. It helps you to keep you motivated and focused, providing a boost of energy. It’s highly recommended for being the perfect energizer strain that will definitely keep your mind off any food.
It is speculated to be a cross between an unknown Afghan and Master Kush producing a powerful Indica. Its name describes the bounty of white, reflective, sticky-icky trichomes which contain a high degree of easily accessible THC along with about 1 percent CBD and other cannabinoids.
This powerful indica washes away stress and anxiety within just 30 minutes of consuming it. This strain also works as an appetite suppressant helping you in the way to lose weight.
It’s a great sativa+indica hybrid strain with a special citrus-pine smell. It won’t produce you a potent high or munchies, but you can still enjoy it to for relaxing and its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cannatonic also contains a bit of THC, so you will get a bit of psychoactivity with it. This one won’t help you lose weight directly, but it can be a replacement for other high-calorie party beverage.
High cannabidiol (CBD) strains are always perfect when choosing the right strain because CBD is known to counteract the appetite-stimulating effects of the THC. Harlequin has a CBD:THC ratio of 5:2, meaning that the strain boasts more health effects than psychoactivity.
Harlequin is a sativa strain, which means it’s ideal for those who would like an uplift of energy before engaging in exercise or any activities. However, too much of Harlequin can produce the opposite effects and sedate the user. Try small doses to know better the effect on you.
This one is as good as its name. It’s a delicious strain that will relieve pain and curb appetite. Cherry pie is an Indica dominant hybrid that contains 16%-24% THC and 1% CBD. Helping you to lose weight it’s not its only superpower, it is often used by people who suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and migraines.
Black Beauty is being studied for weight loss and diabetes care. It has a tropical pineapple, floral aroma and contains 7% THC and 4% THCV, which gives users a high but also acts as an energizer and produces a fast-paced cannabis experience. This may be perfect for appetite suppression as well as to get that much-needed energy for exercise. Its energizing properties mean is best used in the daytime.
This one is known for being a sativa strain that carries a special lemon scent. Has fair amounts of THC and high THCV that helps to fight against cravings. It’s recommended to use it before workouts. The known side effect of this one is that it can get you thirsty, so make sure to stay hydrated while consuming this it.
Remember, if losing weight in a healthy way is your goal, search for options that are high in THCV, but don’t forget to visit a doctor for a complete schema of losing weight according to your needs.