How Cannabis Improves Appetite

Photo Credit: D-Kuru/Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: D-Kuru/Wikimedia Commons

Medical marijuana is known for its ability to stimulate appetite, something that is important for patients who suffer from malnutrition or a loss of appetite due to chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS, eating disorders, and other diseases. Cannabis does so through its cannabinoid THC, which attaches to receptors in the endocannabinoid system where it stimulates appetite and manipulates the senses. Data published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry revealed that when THC interacts with receptors in the hypothalamus, it increases the release of the hormone Ghrelin which is responsible for sending hunger signals to the brain. 

Cannabis also makes food more appealing by manipulating the senses so that it tastes and smells better. A study published in the Annals of Oncology reported 73% of advanced cancer patients who took THC pills daily experienced a greater appreciation for food. Another study published in Nature Neuroscience revealed THC interacted with receptors in the olfactory bulb to enhance the sense of smell in mice. Those that were given THC scented oils ate more food and for a longer period of time than those who were not. 

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