It’s a truth universally acknowledged that smoking (or ingesting) marijuana can make you want a snack… or a lot of snacks. We’re all familiar with the cliché of blazing-high cannabis user ransacking the kitchen cabinets. There are even whole TV shows about the imaginative culinary concoctions created by super-stoned chefs. But do the same rules apply where there is no high? In other words, does CBD induce the same ravenous effects as its psychoactive cousin, THC?  

It’s a fair question, especially since many CBD consumers are looking to enhance their wellness routinenot induce an impromptu fast-food binge. So 

man grabbing for chips in a bowl next to a pizza and two cans of coke

Does CBD give you the munchies?  

NoCBD does not trigger your appetite the same way THC does. 

Here’s why: 

The Wrong Receptor 

While “the munchies” are often a source of cultural amusement, THC’s appetite-stimulating properties may actually have life-saving benefits. For example, THC products can be a godsend for people struggling with disordered eating, and they’ve long been used to alleviate the nausea experienced by chemotherapy patients. It works like this: THC activates your body’s CB1 receptors, found mostly in your central nervous system, to send a variety of messages to different cells in your body – messages like, “Thanks, back, you can stop hurting now,” “Thanks, brain, you can calm down and let me sleep,” or, of course, “Hey, stomach, it’s time for a snack.” This is all part of a nuanced interaction with your own endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of stimulators and receptors that help the body to maintain balance. 

CBD also interacts with your ECS, but in a different way. It binds instead to your CB2 (not CB1) receptors, which are primarily connected to your immune system and typically associated with effects including anti-inflammation and stress relief. (CBD also interacts with other receptors, including your 5-HT1A serotonin receptor… but that’s a story for another blog post).  

All this is to say: CBD does not appear to push the “hungry” button in your body the way that THC does. Which is good news for those of us looking to enhance our calm without increasing our calorie count! 

The Anti-Munchies? 

CBD doesn’t appear to have much to do with appetite at all, but there may be another cannabinoid that works in exact opposition to THC: Tetrahydrocannabivarin (also known as THCV). A relatively rare molecule found in the cannabis plant, THCV does not appear to produce any kind of high. And unlike THC, which stimulates the CB1 receptor, THCV may actually inhibit that kind of stimulation. Research suggests that the result may be enhanced focus and a less intense appetite. 

While THCV is a relatively new arrival to the cannabis market, the research is promising enough that it’s beginning to appear more frequently in commercial products. So, if you’re interested in a non-psychoactive option that can help you make more mindful choices about what to eat, you may want to look for a product infused with THCV! 

The Takeaway 

To summarize, there is no reason that a fear of the munchies should keep you from enhancing your life with all the benefits of CBD. But for extra assurance, make sure you choose a completely THC-free* option like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies. Made with premium broad-spectrum hemp oil, these products contain naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds with NO appetite-inducing THC to speak of. 

Because when you decide to enjoy that extra-large hot fudge sundae, it should be because YOU feel like it… not because your CBD product told you to. 

*Contains no more than five parts per million of THC