You Might Be Able To Lose Weight With Skinny Weed

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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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