The Best Cannabis Strains for Appetite Suppression
Wednesday January 23, 2019
C annabis consumers and non-consumers alike are well aware that using marijuana is bound to increase your appetite, giving you what is popularly known as “the munchies.” But are there strains that could do the opposite and help to reduce appetite? To find the answer, let’s take a closer look into the world of cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body.
Are there Cannabis Strains that Curb the Munchies?
The body has its own endocannabinoid system, which interacts with the cannabinoids found in marijuana. When cannabis is consumed, it activates a receptor called CB1, which researchers believe is behind the munchies phenomenon.
Though research is scant, it is thought that strains high in THC are behind the activation of CB1, which stimulates appetite, while strains that contain balanced or larger amounts of CBD may counteract the mechanisms of CB1. So, while THC is getting busy activating CB1 receptors – and making you hungry – CBD, which triggers CB2 receptors, may inhibit the action of CB1, helping to tamp down the impulse to eat while high.
In addition to CBD, another cannabinoid thought to be useful for curbing appetite is THCV.
Very similar to its counterpart THC – the compound behind marijuana’s high – both THC and THCV interact with the same receptors. However, THCV acts as an antagonist of receptors CB1 and CB2, meaning it acts in the opposite way. So, if the interaction of THC on these receptors makes you hungry, THCV is acting to block the reward centers in the brain associated with the pleasure of eating food, making it less enjoyable, and therefore, less desirable. In fact, it may be why cannabis users, on average, are thinner than those that do not partake.
Top Strains for Appetite Suppression
THCV, in amounts large enough to make a difference in decreasing appetite, is rather tough to find. Though it is psychoactive like cannabis, the high is believed to have a more psychedelic feel and wear off much quicker, so it is often bred out of popular strains, many of which are bred for a potent high.
Current thought points to African sativas as the most likely to have higher amounts of THCV, and as the market for cannabis grows and more research is done, it is likely that finding THCV will be much easier to find in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some strains that may be able to stave off the munchies:
Best Strains to Curb Appetite:
- Durban Poison is a South African sativa with sweet and spicy notes known for its clear-headed effect
- Super Silver Haze is thought to be the perfect sativa-leaning hybrid because of its balance of both mental and physical effects
- Green crack is an energizing, upbeat sativa-dominant hybrid with an earthy taste and citrusy scent
- ACDC is a strain low on THC and rich in CBD. With the sweet smell of lemongrass and cherries and a CBD/THC ratio of 30:1, this strain is good for those who want to avoid both the munchies and getting high
- Lemon G13 is heavy on the terpene limonene, making this sativa-leaning hybrid one of the most aromatic. Even though it offers a very cerebral high, it is also very energetic and uplifting
While these strains might help you avoid the munchies, relying on strains rich in CBD or THCV to manage weight is not a great idea. Getting around 30 minutes of moderate activity every day should do the trick, and it can be as simple as mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or taking a walk around the block. For optimal functional fitness, combine this with strength training a couple of times a week, and take it easy on foods high in fat and sugar. These changes, combined with an appetite-suppressing strain to ease any post-exercise aches and pains, could add up to a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t include the munchies.
What are your favorite strains for appetite suppression? Share them in the comments below!
Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work – which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor – covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.
Most cannabis consumers have experienced a run in or two with the munchies, but are there marijuana strains out there that can actually do the opposite? Learn more about the best strains for appetite suppression and why THCV content plays such an important role in curbing hunger.
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Teewinot Life Sciences can recreate a cannabis compound called THCv that shows signs of being an . [+] appetite suppressant. (Photo by Shutterstock)
One of the key characteristics of consuming marijuana is the increased desire to eat, commonly referred to as the munchies. But what if there was a marijuana that could help you lose weight?
The increased appetite symptom of cannabis consumption is what make the product great for people suffering from AIDS or wasting disease as well as cancer patients who are nauseous from chemotherapy treatments. They need to eat and want to eat, so this is a great side effect. However, many consumers don’t like this aspect of the drug. Well, it turns out that there is a part of the marijuana plant that is an appetite suppressant.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) in its pure form appears to have some of these capabilities. According to Medical Jane, “THCV is psychoactive, but causes more of a psychedelic, clear-headed effect. It causes the effects of THC to hit you much faster, and some think it could be the reason for those ‘1 hitter quitter’ strains. With that said, the THC effects also die off a bit more quickly with the presence of THCV.”
The problem is that it is only produced in tiny quantities in the plant. Biotech firm Teewinot Life Sciences says that they are the first company that can replicate and produce the compound in commercial quantities. Normally, it’s very expensive and difficult to to extract the compound naturally, which is why little has been said about this.
Teewinot is a private company that uses a process called biotatalysis, which allows them to manufacture cannabinoid molecules in a lab environment. “Our technology removes the negative factors from the plant,” said Jeff Korentur, Teewinot Chief Executive Officer. “We produce the same cannabinoid, just replicated outside the plant. It is identical in every way.”
Korentur said that researchers have been anxious to get a hold of such compounds for research in which they need large amounts of consistent product. Natural plant derivatives don’t always have the volume and consistency that researchers need. Korentur explains that little research has been done on THCv, but hopefully scientists looking to do this type of study can now have no problem finding the product for testing.
Consumers that don’t want to wait for Teewinot’s compound to be developed into an appetite suppressant will be hard-pressed to find a THCv strain in dispensaries, according to cannabis rating firm Leafly.
Leafly also noted that the compound is produced in small amounts and few strains have been developed to boost this side of the plant. “Lab results show that THCV is most abundant in sativas, particularly landrace strains from Africa,” Leafly’s website states. “Durban Poison is one of the more common high-THCV strains, but other options can be found in the strain list below.” They suggested that consumers ask bud tenders to point out African hybrids. Leafly also stated, “Genetics alone can’t promise a high-THCV content, and cannabinoid contents can vary from harvest to harvest. If possible, ask your budtender for lab-tested strains to ensure that you’re indeed getting a THCV-rich product.” Some other strains that they suggested included sativa’s with the name of Dougs Varin and Purple Purps.
Most marijuana makes you want to eat, but this particular compound could be an appetite suppressant.