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Study Confirms Recreational Marijuana Can Cause the Munchies

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

recreational marijuana can cause the munchies

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  • Data collected by University of Connecticut researchers demonstrate recreational use of marijuana triggered sales in junk foods, including chips, ice cream and cookies
  • The research was started to measure the effects of the munchies on obesity rates, which is planned for the second half of the data collection. Junk foods are in part responsible for the rising obesity rates as the products are high in sugar and carbohydrates, with almost no nutritional value
  • The human body has an endocannabinoid system influenced by naturally produced cannabinoid-type substances; those deficient may have a higher risk of migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Treatment with cannabidiol (CBD) from the cannabis plant has demonstrated effectiveness against ALS, arthritis, blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, cancer pain, nausea and loss of appetite

As a result of breeders selectively growing marijuana plants for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana became known as a plant that gives you a high. As a result, the original medicinal properties and uses for cannabis largely fell by the wayside and the U.S. added marijuana to their Schedule 1 Controlled Substances list in 1970, reserved for illicit drugs such as heroin, LSD and Ecstasy.

Based on the Controlled Substance Act, drugs in this group must have a high potential for abuse, have no acceptable medicinal use and lack acceptable safety under medical supervision. Before being added to the Schedule 1 list, marijuana was listed in the U.S Pharmacopoeia (USP) until 1942 and prescribed by physicians for nausea, rheumatism and labor pain.

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