Munchies is a nickname for increased appetite that is felt after consuming cannabis. The manchial phenomenon occurs in the brain and digestive system in response to the increased activity of endocannabinoid receptors, through which cannabis and THC increase the need for food and the reward received after consumption. More about what’s Munch? And why Cannabis makes Manchis and what is good at it, in the following article:
Munchies are a phenomenon of increased hunger, which is felt shortly after consuming cannabis, whether it is smoked, steaming, ingestion, or any other consumption other than topical creams.
Which Cannabis consumer has not heard or at least experienced a serious manchiz attack once? The same distinct feeling in your stomach that calls on you to start throwing in food products from hand to hand to try to satisfy some endless appetite that unfortunately is not necessarily affected by how much food you actually ate.
For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, this description may sound threatening, so let’s start with a brief explanation. What is Manchies, and how does it happen?
Manchis – How Cannabis Appetite:
Manchism occurs after cannabis intake. The cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD and THCV, all of which are directly related to the effects of hunger, are absorbed through the respiratory system (evaporation and smoking) or digestion (cannabis food) and reach through the blood stream to all other organs of the body.
The connection between cannabinoids and the human body takes place through hormonal control and regulation of vital processes carried out by the endocannabinoid system through its myriad of receptors scattered throughout the body. This connection is complex and is the subject of many studies around the globe and here in Israel, so we will focus on the connection that takes place in the digestive system and in the brain, which directly causes the sense of manchism.
In order to simplify the concept, we will divide the term “manchiz” into three different sub-phenomena:
Phenomenon 1 – Increasing the need for food and the ability to identify food through optic nerves and olfactory receptors
Studies in a mouse model (similar to humans as neurologically possible) have found that the consumption of active substances in cannabis, especially THC, stimulates an increased stimulation of CB1 receptors, which are located in the brain’s hunger center.
The results showed that this stimulation causes a significant increase in the need for food (electrical signals from the stomach to the brain), while increasing the activity of olfactory receptors and visual receptors in the visual system, indicating increased ability and interest in food detection and identification.
In the minds of humans, which of course is much more complex than the brains of mice, there is a similar process in which a greater amount of saliva is released in the oral cavity, and the sense of pleasure that comes from the absorption of odors, flavors and textures increases, leading to a strong desire for food.
Phenomenon 2 – increased enjoyment of food intake
Another study of the Manchiz phenomenon found that one of the effects of THC leads to increased stimulation in a region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens, and is primarily responsible for regulation of dopamine secretion, the hormone responsible for overall pleasure.
In the course of the study, all the mice examined were diagnosed with not only a general sense of pleasure resulting from the THC effect, but also an increased dopamine secretion associated with squash for food intake under the influence. In other words, any food consumed under the influence of cannabis causes a sense of increased pleasure, which only increases as food is consumed.
Combined with the effect on the odor and taste receptors, the brain gets a “positive reinforcement” that the body needs more food, and in effect creates a reward system that is expressed in larger amounts of dopamine secreted into the bloodstream. As a result, the body not only wants food, but also wants to be separately rewarded with dopamine, thus only intensifying the feeling of hunger.
Phenomenon 3 – Increased gastrointestinal activity
The main effect found in the study was the cause of THC in a brain area called the hypothalamus, where the secretion of a hormone called ghrelin stimulates the feeling of hunger in the body and is responsible for regulating and optimizing the absorption of food from the stomach into the body through the bloodstream.
Although this effect is neurological, the hormone ghrelin is considered to be one of the hormones belonging to the digestive system, and it directly affects the stomach, intestines and other parts. The excess of ghrelin is a characteristic of noticeable hunger, which is also one of the sensations that THC triggers in the human brain.
Taken together, these three effects create a feeling of hunger that is felt and stable, which instead of fading due to food consumption is only getting stronger in light of the dopamine it receives from the brain. This combined effect is the sense of manchis we are familiar with.
It is important to remember that manchis, or increased hunger, is considered to be one of the side effects of cannabis consumption, but the very existence of this hunger is one of the greatest benefits of medical cannabis, and in fact the main reason for it being given to AIDS patients, cancer and anorexia. A chronic lack of appetite, or one that is caused by treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
In conclusion: Manchis is not a dangerous phenomenon. Cannabis, unlike conventional drugs commonly used in the medical world for the treatment of eating disorders, manages to stimulate the appetite in the human body in a very effective way and without any side effects, so your next manchic attack should be treated as a welcome guest.
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