Of the many properties synonymous with smoking weed – uncontrollable laughter, volatile paranoia, lethargy, etc.- the inexplicable surge to binge on whatever additive-laden piece of processed food lying around, aka “the munchies”, appears to be the one people are most perplexed about. As more and more stoners succumb to the clutches of the junk food industry, (while they sit back and snicker in triumph), researchers are determined to uncover the reason behind this munchie phenomenon.
Scientists have already established that a hit of weed triggers a cellular switch called CB1, which is the main culprit in causing those sudden Twinkie cravings. But new research suggests that CB1 causes the feeling of hunger by activating a neuron that’s normally associated with the sensation of being full. Quite a surprising revelation, isn’t it?
Splash your face with some water, put a few drops of Visine in your eyes and read the full discovery on wired.com.