I smoke pot every single day, so I'm more than familiar with the munchies. It sometimes happens in the blink of an eye. One second I'm reaching for a handful of popcorn, and the next thing I know, I've finished the entire family-size bag (along with a tub of ice cream). Although there's nothing wrong with indulging every now and then, eating that much in one sitting can make me feel bloated, uncomfortably full, and sluggish the next morning.
If you're trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, these kinds of moments probably don't fit into your eating plan. But if you don't want to give up marijuana and its many benefits — reduced anxiety, increased creativity, and less chronic pain, just to name a few — you'll have to find a way to deal with the munchies. I spoke with Kyle Merwin from marijuana delivery service Eaze, who gave a few tips and tricks that will help you enjoy all the joys of pot — without sacrificing your weight-loss goals.
Choose Products With More CBD Than THC
Kyle said there isn't really a difference in strains when it comes to the munchies. "There are many cannabinoids in a marijuana plant; the most popular one is THC. We know that, generally, munchies are caused by THC," he explained, so you likely won't see a difference if you smoke indica or sativa, the two dominant strains of marijuana. However, the second most commonly used cannabinoid, CBD, "does not stimulate appetite the way THC does." That's why he recommends strains or products "that are high in CBD and low in THC" if you want to avoid a strong bout of the munchies.
Smoke Right Before a Meal
The trick is to be strategic about when you smoke in relation to when you eat. "The best way to deal with the munchies is to actually try to consume cannabis before you'd normally eat a meal, so that instead of adding a bunch of snacking in your day, you just eat a little more during one of your meals," Kyle advised.
This allows you to cook dinner or go out to eat with a healthy appetite, and you have to eat that meal anyway, so it's not like you're adding too many extra calories onto your agenda. And when you're done with your meal, you can just call it a night and steer clear of snacking.
Or Smoke Right Before You Go to Bed
If you don't want to smoke before a meal, for whatever reason, but you still want to get high before you head to sleep, Kyle suggests you wait until much later in the night to smoke or have an edible. "Consume closer to your bedtime and brush your teeth right after to avoid the temptation!" he said. When you brush your teeth, you send your body the signal that you're done eating for the day. This will likely prevent you from noshing when you're not even hungry.
Have Healthy Snacks Available
"Ultimately, know that there is a good chance you'll get the munchies past a certain threshold, so another tactic is to embrace them and keep a trove of healthy snacks available for when they kick in," Kyle told POPSUGAR. "Some of our favorite healthy munchies are things like apples, almonds, edamame, and carrots and dip."
One thing I've learned from all my quality time with marijuana is that you should never go in unprepared. I like to portion out my snacks before I smoke, which makes it much easier to eat a healthy amount of food when I'm high.