Did you know that patients who use medical marijuana products experience increased appetite and start appreciating various types of food? This is one of the side effects that result from use of medical cannabis. Cannabis causes increased appetite due to its high THC concentration. The component, THC, is known to directly bind to the CB1 endocannabinoid receptors in your brain. Among the results of the binding activity is increased appetite. CBD does not increase the appetite. The reason behind that is that it does not bind to the CB1 receptors directly. However, some CBD products on the market are likely to affect your hunger. This is because the products, particularly the full plant extracts, contain significant amounts of THC. If you happen to use a larger dose, you will have consumed a THC amount that can affect your hunger.
However, the effect is unlikely with the general dosages of CBD oil. In fact, some marijuana products on the market are neither CBD dominant nor THC dominant and have significant amounts of the two cannabinoids. Such products will increase your appetite. Generally, if a product contains THC and you happen to consume it in large amounts, you will experience increased appetite.
How to increase your appetite with medical marijuana
Marijuana’s stimulation of appetite is more than side effects. Moreover, appetite stimulation is the main reason why some people are acquiring medical marijuana products. By using marijuana to keep your appetite at higher levels throughout the day you will ensure that your nutrition is not suffering during illnesses. For example, cancer patients benefit from THC cannabinoid because it increases their appetite and improves their sense of taste. A more recent study showed that around 73 percent of cancer patients who use THC pills show increased appreciation for food compared to the 30 percent of patients who use placebos. Sixty-four percent of the participants reported heightened appetite. The hunger effects are important for cancer patients as they help them enjoy all their meals, particularly after chemotherapy treatments. Healthy appetite combats weight loss and enhances nutrition, therefore eliminating the biggest problem among cancer patients.