Marijuana has been used by people from different parts of the world for many years. People using marijuana have always known that it increases appetite and desire for foods. However, facts on how marijuana helps in increasing appetite and interest had not been researched on for many years. Recent studies on the use of cannabis have confirmed that this product increases appetite especially craving for sweet food. Cannabis users prefer sweet snacks like candy bars, cakes and cookies.
According to recent studies, marijuana has more than 480 chemical components. 66 of these natural components are known as cannabinoids. These chemicals interact with specific central nervous system receptors. CB 1 is the major in the central nervous system that is associated with the effects of marijuana. This receptor stimulates eating behavior. It also hinders proper functioning of the hypothalamus which is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating food intake. The reward center of the brain which makes one feel better after consuming food is also affected when marijuana is consumed. Other parts that are influenced by CB 1 include the intestinal tissue and limbic forebrain. These help an individual to know when hungry and determining food that is palatable than the other. Basically, when one uses marijuana they replicate the effect produced by the body making them more intense which affect their eating behavior.