Many people have noticed that any use of some narcotic stuff such as cannabis leads to some specific changes in the system of nutrition and diet. People, who use medical marijuana or any type or cannabis in the form of marijuana joint or modern devices such as weed vape pen, dab or wax vape pen, are noticed to have either a large increase or decrease in craving for food. However, is that possible that the results of the use of the same weed can differ so much? I would answer: ‘Surely, YES!’. The question is why this is happening! Let’s try to find the answer in some scientific sources.

Scientific Aspect Of Increasing Appetite

Since the 1970s, scientists all over the world were holding various scientific researches on the question of interrelation and correlation of improvement of appetite and taking marijuana. Kirkham T. C. in his article ‘Cannabinoids and appetite: Food craving and food pleasure’ (written in 2009) confirmed that cannabis increases your desire to eat and the palatability of the things you eat. Not many years ago scientists started different experiments on how the use of cannabis alters your appetite.

Firstly, they used different animals, mostly rats, to observe the possible effects. Scientists classify as many as 66 out of 480 microelements that are naturally contained in the marijuana plant as ‘the cannabinoids’ (which means some chemicals that can be found only in the cannabis sativa plant). If we talk in terms of science, there is one element, which is the most researched in modern science. Its name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC). That is also delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), which is responsible for one of the main effects of cannabis – the psychoactive effects.

Similarly, to heroin, which is opiate, the cannabinoids interact with some specific receptors located over the human’s central nervous system. Scientists proved that all of us have receptors that respond to both marijuana and cannabinoid-like substances. To talk more precisely, the receptor which is mostly associated with our nutrition and cannabis. The name of this receptor is CB1. We can also found it in several parts of our body. These receptors stimulate nutrition. The CB1 receptor can be active in the hypothalamus and hindbrain, the reward center of the brain, the limbic forebrain and within the stomach and intestinal tissue.

The first zone is responsible for regulating food intake; the second one is responsible for feeling better after having our meals, the third is responsible for helping food seem more delicious to us, and the fourth – for giving us a hint that we are hungry. Stimulating all these parts of the human organism, marijuana can strongly influence our appetite. This means that having started using your new weed vaporizer from, be ready to change your eating behavior somehow.

Explanation Of The Opposite Effect

New research, which was published in the ‘American Journal of Epidemiology’, shows the correlation between the use of cannabis and level of your obesity. It shows that at least a third of the people who smoke a minimum three times a week have lower obesity rates. Especially if compared to the people who have never used marijuana. This research shows us the interdependence between the percentage of people who take weeds and obese people, but this reveals no factors that marijuana vaping lies behind the weight loss.

The first possible reason for being obese may be religion. Yes. If a person is religious, he or she does not take drugs because of his or her belief, but can simply eat a lot of food to compensate for a need to smoke or drink alcohol.

Secondly, we must not forget that many people who take marijuana (usually medical) are using this to stimulate appetite during some serious illnesses, such as AIDS, cancer, etc. These people are definitely slim because of health conditions.

Thirdly, it may all be about the habit. The other factor that helps people who take cannabis be slimmer is that they have their dry herb vaporizers in the mouth instead of any kinds of food (ranging from sweet cookie to some salty nuts). People call this ‘a hand to mouth habit’.

According to the scientific explanation of the impact of microelements of cannabis on our nutrition behavior, vaporizing marijuana will not help to resist the temptation to eat. So why results show the correlation of people being less obese when taking cannabis? On the one hand, this can be because smokers may be more relaxed with their weed vaporizer than with loads of food. Therefore, their choice then is to smoke more and to eat less. On the other hand, other ingredients in marijuana (not that 66 out of 480) like cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce craving for food by increasing effects of THC like these microelements reduce cannabis’ paranoia-inducing properties.

If we talk about science, it is also important to add that overstimulating CB1 receptors could cause some down-regulation, which explains the suppression of the appetite. There are not exact pieces of evidence for this and we speak a bit speculative, but we can note this result in people who take cannabis for a long time.

In addition, the use of marijuana affects insulin and blood sugar levels. This may mean that under some conditions it may help to control diabetes. However, this does not mean that consumption of cannabis will definitely help you, so please consult your doctor first.

To sum up, no person can predict the influence of taking any kind of drugs on your body. This means that smoking weeds may bring changes of all sorts and only you are responsible for your health. I would strongly recommend you to consult your doctor before taking medical marijuana.

Also, it is better to trace all the changes in your behavior and appearance after you have started using any kind and dose of weeds. If something goes not the usual way – do not hesitate to ask your doctor about the possible problems or benefits. God helps those who help themselves.

Published by Kate Westall