You Might Be Able To Lose Weight With Skinny Weed

For as long as I can remember, people have been complaining about some of the side effects of cannabis. Anxiety, cotton mouth aka dry mouth, and of course, the dreaded munchies! Although many weed users think they have the upper hand versus beer drinkers and shot takers, the caloric scale definitely tips in the favor of people who drink once stoners start to eat an entire bag of frozen burritos.

The munchies are not just something enthusiasts have to deal with. Chemical compounds within the cannabis plant actually contribute to our desire to eat everything in sight.

This is basically how cannabis munchies work.

If you’re a regular user of cannabis, you might already know the differences between THC and CBD (and if you don’t, click on those links and read up.). THC is well-known for psychoactive effects while CBD is known for basically having little to know cerebral effects. THC activates the CB1 receptors in one’s brain, providing that person with the sensation of being high. THCV, also known as THC’s little brother (A few carbon atoms smaller than THC) effects the CB1 receptor in the opposite way. In simple terms, THCV probably won’t get you high.

Losing weight thanks to THCV:

Early studies suggest that “the behavior of the molecule seems to change depending on the dose”, which basically means if you increase the amount of cannabis intake, it would begin to provide psychoactive effects similar to those found in THC. In studies with mice, THCV has been shown to aid in the decreasing of food consumption and body weight of study participants. Additionally, when the CB1 receptor is blocked, food is craved less, which means that the trick to skinny weed is high amounts of THCV found in CBD strains (Sativa).

According to Respect My Region’s Jake Miller, Ghrelin is a hormone in your body that “drives you to eat and is partially activated through endocannabinoids (a natural part of your brain which loves fatty foods).” He continued by stating that “compounds found in cannabis activate these cell receptors and drive you to eat when stoned. THCV doesn’t play by those rules and is proving to be successful in blocking cravings for snacks.”

Research and intoxicating effects:

THCV is still being studied by independent researchers in southern England. While this type of smoke seems to curb appetite, it also shows a lot of appeal for other medical uses.

  • Shorter buzz: In higher doses, THCV will mimic the effects of THC, but for about half the time. Making it perfect for a quick pick me up that won’t linger.
  • Energetic: Finish your work and get outside.  Have some fun in the sun!
  • Appetite suppressant: Perfect for after the gym, or shopping at the grocery store when you want to avoid raiding the entire snack aisle.
  • No panic attacks: Relax and pass it to the left with no fear of impending social doom.
  • Continued research: New studies indicate it may help with Alzheimer’s related symptoms such as: Tremors, motor control loss, and brain lesions. Similarly, THCV promotes the growth of new bone cells and is being studied to help with osteoporosis. Furthermore, studies indicate that THCV helps regulate blood sugar and reduces insulin resistance for the diabetic.

Where to find THCV:

THCV is found more often in African strains. Ask your next budtender for a true landrace sative strain and try to avoid as many of the hybrid strains as available. Switching to a THCV heavy strain may actually help save money on snacks and could even reduce wasted calories. Let us know if there’s a strain you’re considering trying or looking for and we can definitely help find you what you’re looking for.

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Things To Know About Cannabis Terpenes

Have you ever wondered why oranges smell the way they do or thought about the unique taste of a ripe watermelon? Substances called terpenes are responsible for flavor and scent profiles in plants, fruit, and cannabis.

Terpenes play an interesting role for the plant, they emit pungent aromas that deter herbivores. Terpene’s have an even more mischievous method of defense, by attracting herbivores’ predators, Sherman explained. The old adage, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” applies here.

Jake Sherman is employed by Select Label, a tier-three marijuana grow operation.

Marijuana terpenes are secreted from the same gland as THC and CBD come from, per Leafly. Along with creating aromatherapy profiles for each strain, terpene bind and interact with THC and CBD in different ways known as the “entourage effect.” Some of these effects include higher amounts of THC binding to cannabinoid receptors in your brain or controlling how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier, Sherman said.

There are six common types of terpenes: Caryophyllene, humulene, linalool, limomene, myrcene and pinene. Each one has different characteristics and flavors, Leafly reports.


Caryophyllene showed to voluntarily reduce alcohol consumption in mice, and has cancer and depression-fighting properties.

Humulene also has anti-cancer effects, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to go with its woody tone.

Linalool is a sedative and antidepressant and has a floral aroma, according to Leafly.

Limomene is the Inspector Gadget terpene, it has a multitude of functions: It helps with depression, stomach and digestion problems, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It allows other terpenes to be absorbed easier through the skin and the digestive-track.

Myrcene is a sedative, analgesic and antibiotic and has citrus and musky qualities.

Pinene is a broncholilator, meaning it dilates the lungs and decreases restrictions in the airway, according to Wikipedia. It can help neutralize short-term memory loss that comes with THC and promotes alertness. It has a sharp, sweet profile.

High Terpene cannabis strains or concentrates with added terpenes are becoming popular in the recreational market because of their flavor and consistency.

“They taste so damn good,” Sherman said.

Karen Sakai works at The Fire House in Ellensburg, Washington. Terpene focused products are in high demand right now. Sakai compares the scene to wine tasting scenes, where taste, flavor, and experience are the main objective of the consumer.


“It’s all the rage right now,” Sakai said.

High terpene strains take more care to extract. The increased difficulty and precision of the extraction process increases the price, Sakai said.

Sometimes, there’s a tradeoff for high terpene content, and that’s a lower THC level. They can have more flavor than effect, but it’s not always the point to get as high as possible.

“I love them, they can really set the tone for having a great day,” Sherman said.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.