If you regularly partake in cannabis but are noticing a little extra padding on your body, you might be wondering how to beat the marijuana munchies.

This can be a particular drag if you’re consuming cannabis for medicinal purposes. Sure, your pain might be subdued, but you may also feel compelled to eat an entire bag of Doritos.

Even if you use the herb for enjoyment, the munchies could be undermining some of your lifestyle goals. Suffice it to say, cannabis and weight control have a tricky relationship.

Ways to Beat the Marijuana Munchies

The marijuana munchies are in your head. Literally. Cannabis can scramble your brain’s signals and convince you that Taco Bell is a great idea – even if you had a healthy meal just an hour ago.

So while inducing hunger is of tremendous value for folks struggling with nausea, it can be problematic for people trying to lose weight.

What’s a person to do? Consider the following:

  1. Swap Your Strain for Another

This is the easiest solution, though it may not be the most desirable. After all, you might really dig your current strain. Switching to another would feel like betraying a friend who’s been good to you.

If you want to try another strain, however, look for those that are higher in THCV and CBD. The budtender at your favorite dispensary can help you.

  1. Do a Pre-Toke Calorie Burn

This is just another way of saying you can exercise before you partake. It’s a preemptive measure. If you know you’re going to end up raiding the snack cupboard, then plan to burn enough calories beforehand to compensate.

  1. Revel in the Minty Freshness

You already know that when you’re high, everything tastes more intense than when you’re not. Where one chocolate chip cookie might normally suffice, you suddenly want three or four.

You can arm yourself with toothpaste and mouthwash though. Sounds weird, right? But if you brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth with mouthwash when those cravings hit, you’ll be loving the minty flavor in your mouth with that same elevated intensity.

What’s more, whatever you eat after you’ve “mintified” your mouth isn’t going to taste that great.

  1. Stay Busy

The temptation to mindlessly munch is exacerbated by inactivity. Of course, that’s the conundrum. Sometimes you consume so you can just chill.

We’re not talking about running a marathon though. When the brain erroneously tells you that you’re hungry, you can counter it by playing a video game, drawing, playing an instrument, gardening, whatever moves you. Just be sure it’s safe to do while you’re soaring.

  1. Work With the Munchies Rather Than Against Them

Maybe you love the eating aspect of partaking and you don’t really want to give it up. If that’s the case, find a way to take advantage of the munchies. You can start by replacing junk food snacks in your house for healthier options. There are plenty of them out there.

Also, when your brain is buzzing and telling you that you’re hungry, consider offering your body some veggies. A kale and spinach frittata might rock your world while you’re high. It may even motivate you to eat healthier when you’re not!

Go figure.

No Need to Stress

At the end of the day, your efforts to beat the marijuana munchies don’t have to be all-consuming. Give a few of the above recommendations a try.

You might be surprised.

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