Are CBD munchies real and can products like CBD Oil give you the munchies? Whether you know from personal experience or you’ve seen it portrayed on TV or in movies, the “munchies” are often associated with the ravenous cravings for junk food following the use of THC. But are CBD munchies real, and do they cause the same increased appetite? If you haven’t tried CBD yourself, you might assume CBD munchies are a thing. That’s understandable, as CBD and THC are both cannabinoids and are considered “sister compounds.” However, that’s where the similarities end and the differences begin.
CBD vs THC
Both CBD and THC are extracted from plants in the Cannabis family. But, the general thing to know about CBD is that it is extracted from Industrial Hemp and THC is found in Marijuana. Industrial Hemp does have traces of THC but in very small amounts: less than 0.3% per federal regulations. Marijuana often has THC levels of more than 30%. Industrial Hemp also requires a lot less maintenance than Marijuana and is much cheaper in comparison. Thanks to its low price point, low THC levels and low maintenance, Industrial Hemp is the industry standard for CBD extraction. Additionally, because of the low THC levels of Industrial Hemp, Hemp Bombs® premium CBD products have no psychoactive effects and will not get you “high.”
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid (like THC) that naturally interacts with your body to produce a variety of effects that some believe help improve their overall health and wellness. These effects include the promotion of a calm and relaxed state, better sleep and stress relief. How does CBD produce such health and wellness benefits? By interacting with your body’s Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. Your ECS maintains homeostasis and regulates several important bodily functions, such as your body’s pain sensation, memory, mood, immune function, reproductive function and more. Specifically for our discussion on CBD and munchies, your body’s ECS also helps regulate your appetite. CBD, as well as other cannabinoids, work with your ECS by interacting with the two types of receptors that make up your ECS, CB1 and CB2. And these receptors are found throughout your entire body, meaning that depending on where and how you administer CBD, you can potentially produce different responses. CB1 and CB2 receptors naturally accept CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD interacts with these receptors like a key fitting into a lock. Once “locked in,” the CBD triggers your body’s ECS to produce the relaxing and calming benefits associated with CBD.
Does CBD Give You the Munchies?
But can CBD Oil cause munchies? For that, we need to explain why THC causes the munchies. Like CBD, THC interacts with your body’s ECS and its CB1 and CB2 receptors. But THC triggers different reactions from the ECS than CBD. When it comes to the munchies, THC links to the CB1 receptors in your brain to put your appetite control center into overdrive. This overstimulation is the primary driving factor behind an increased desire to eat, AKA the munchies. Additionally, THC promotes production of the naturally occurring hormone, ghrelin, which influences your desire for fatty foods. Typically, this hormone only spikes when your stomach is empty, but THC can cause it to release regardless. Finally, it’s believed that the increased dopamine levels in your brain produced by THC consumption can increase your enjoyment of the taste and smell of food, and thus cause the munchies as you indulge your heightened, or at least temporarily modified, senses.
The Truth About CBD Munchies
So, if THC causes the munchies, can CBD and products like CBD Oil give you the munchies? While both THC and CBD are cannabinoids, they are only two of dozens of known cannabinoids that all affect the body differently. But that doesn’t mean CBD can’t help improve your appetite. While CBD doesn’t interact with your body’s ECS in the same way THC does, it may help increase your appetite by decreasing nausea, stress and anxiety. By helping your body and mind calm down and relax, the “CBD munchies” might help make it easier and more enjoyable to eat and keep food down.
CBD Munchies: Final Verdict
Can Hemp Bombs premium CBD products like CBD Gummies, CBD Capsules and CBD Oil give you the munchies? No. However, while the CBD munchies might not create the same ravenous urges of their THC counterpart, they might still help those having difficulty eating improve their appetite. For those who are too stressed to eat, or so stressed that they’re overeating, CBD may be able to help them relax enough to experience a healthy appetite. Those who are too nauseous to eat may find that CBD munchies, specifically CBD Oil munchies brought on by a sublingual tincture, may help reduce nausea enough to facilitate a healthy appetite. But if you’re concerned about experiencing the junk-food-crazed munchies associated with THC consumption, don’t worry. CBD does not give you the munchies, but instead may be used to help promote a healthy appetite to benefit your overall wellness. Explore our CBD Oil, CBD Hemp Gummies and wide variety of other CBD products today to see what works best for you.