It’s not all in your head — there’s a scientific reason why marijuana causes the munchies

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An enhanced appetite, or what people commonly refer to as “the munchies,” is an often-cited side effect of marijuana. The munchies occur due to a chemical reaction the brain has when it interacts with THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana. Researchers believe THC stimulates a feeding hormone that increases senses of smell and taste. You’re sitting on your couch, sharing marijuana with friends, when all of a sudden you feel it: you’re really, really hungry.

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