Cap’n Crunch at Midnight

The “munchies” so familiar to marijuana users may occur, in part, because chemicals in pot stimulate tongue receptors to taste sweetness, according to a new study.

Researchers in Japan found that endocannabinoids (substances similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) also stimulate the appetite, so it’s no wonder that the brain often demands lots of sweets when the “munchies” hit.

The chemicals didn’t have the same effect on the taste receptors for sour, salty, etc. Just sweet.

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar CerebralAlchemist says:

    Now we need to find out what cause the paranoia in those that DON'T use it.

  2. Avatar Steve Fischer says:

    I'm reminded of the late great George Carlin's grocery shopping suggestion. He said not to eat all day and then have a doobie and a couple glasses of wine – THEN go shopping.
    It makes looking in the pantry the next day VERY interesting.

  3. Avatar Gonealot says:

    Love the Carlin comment.

    I must disagree, I seem to remember the 60 & 70s as a time of refrigerator deprivations, a time when any and all food was in serious danger, and a few things that were not on any food pyramid as well. I have fond memory's of leading all out assaults on the local 7-11s snack shelves. Just what do you think made McDonald's so big? Well let me tell you, it wasn't the sweet stuff, it was the stoned out hippies devouring the greasy burgers and Fry's.