Forget The Munchies: How Marijuana Can Be An Appetite Suppressant

By The Fresh Toast's Brendan Bures, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis

A little-known cannabinoid called THCV can trigger your brain to eat less and avoid greasy, fatty foods.

’s capability as an appetite stimulant is well-documented. And, no, we’re not talking about the “munchies.” We’re referring to its ability to kick-start appetite in potentially life-threatening situations.

Cancer, for instance, can induce adverse metabolic changes in patients, causing them to lose their appetites and tissue in the process, which results in a condition called “cachexia.” Chemotherapy treatment and anti-cancer drugs often exacerbate these effects, but research shows  cannabis can boost appetite, mood, and caloric intake in cancer patients, while simultaneously battling cancer cells.

AIDS patients similarly suffer from wasting syndrome, in which someone loses more than 10% of their body weight. Multiple studies have reported increased appetite and lowered nausea symptoms for HIV-positive subjects who consumed when compared to those who took a placebo.

This positive effect on appetite …

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