Appetite disorders are dangerous medical conditions related to persistent eating behaviors. They damage your health, along with your emotions and your capacity to function in everyday life. Common disorders of this nature include bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder. In many cases, appetite disorders involve an obsessive focus on food, your body shape, and your weight.
As an appetite disorder impacts your body’s ability to consume adequate nutrition, it can cause significant harm to your bones, immune system, teeth, and mouth, as well as resulting in other conditions. In the United States, an estimated 30 million people are affected by an appetite disorder – more than autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s combined.
However, only $28 million in funding goes to research into eating disorders, while total combined funding for the three conditions mentioned above is over $900 million. Marijuana has long been championed as an appetite stimulant. The infamous ‘munchies’ one supposedly gets after using marijuana is no myth, which is why cannabis is now being used to treat appetite disorders. Keep reading to discover the five best marijuana strains for this purpose.
1 – Girl Scout Cookies (The Power Packed Marijuana Strain)
Don’t let the name fool you; Girl Scout Cookies hits you like a train. Indeed, it is an ironic name for a strain with a THC content of up to 28%! It is a cross of OG Kush (from South Florida) and Durban Poison. Abbreviated to GSC, this strain has gained fame via a number of hip-hop songs, and it is an indica dominant (60%) hybrid that is almost guaranteed to give your appetite a much-needed boost.
Girl Scout Cookies is exceptionally potent, so tread carefully if you are a newbie. The lack of CBD (just 0.2% on average) means it is a strain that gives you a euphoric high in a hurry. On the plus side, once you have navigated the rapid head high that quickly spreads to the body, you are rewarded with a sudden energy burst. It should improve your mood and cause you to laugh at almost anything.
If you have the ‘nose’ for it, you may smell hints of chocolate and mint, and the candy flavor is a delight to sample. Best of all, Girl Scout Cookies is very likely to give you an intense case of the munchies. While you probably won’t spend half the night driving to find a Whitecastle, you will want to raid the fridge, which is precisely what the doctor ordered if you have an appetite disorder.
2 – Diablo (A Premier League Marijuana Strain for Relaxation)
This is another marijuana strain with an extremely misleading name. You would expect something called ‘Diablo’ to turn you into an all-action superhero that spews fire and farts thunder. In reality, this particular devil will make you feel incredibly relaxed and calm. Its THC content of around 20% is ideal for users with intermediate weed experience.
Diablo is a sativa dominant (60%) hybrid that makes users happy from head to toe. If you are feeling the strain of hard working days, take a few hits of Diablo and allow it to soothe body and mind. It is a bit like the weed equivalent of a bubble bath; the difference being that this marijuana strain should help you work up one hell of an appetite.
If you have trouble eating or find it hard to finish a relatively small meal, give Diablo a try. As well as being used as a treatment for anorexia, this cannabis strain is also useful for bulimia patients because it helps calm the irritation in your stomach. One downside is that this strain is best used in the evening as it makes you extremely relaxed and occasionally causes fits of giggles.
3 – Pineapple Express (The International Superstar Marijuana Strain)
The movie Pineapple Express is an infamous stoner flick starring Seth Rogan, James Franco, and Danny McBride. It is named after this legendary marijuana strain, which is now one of the best known in the world. It is a sativa dominant (60%) hybrid with a THC content ranging from 19-25%. While the movie is completely nuts, the strain makes you feel mellow and very, very hungry.
Once you smoke Pineapple Express, you should feel uplifted and filled with joy. The euphoric head high is followed by an energy boost, and creative individuals love to smoke it before working on a project. As it enables you to relax without feeling tired, it is an excellent daytime option.
Sushi lovers also report that smoking Pineapple Express before downing a few plates of raw fish transforms the experience with some saying it resulted in their best sushi meals ever. The pineapple aroma gives the strain its name, and it also offers a gorgeous tropical taste. You may experience a sweet aftertaste, much like you would after eating a slice of fresh pineapple.
4 – Tahoe OG Kush (The Food Coma Marijuana Strain)
This is close to being a 50/50 hybrid, although there is a slight bias towards indica. Tahoe OG Kush has long been championed as a treatment for insomnia, but it is also a fantastic option if you’re in need of appetite stimulation. It contains 20-25% THC, and with practically zero CBD (as little as 0.07%), it is a very potent strain.
When you use Tahoe OG Kush, you will feel relaxed within minutes as the cannabis strain works its magic. Users report feeling warm and cozy, but rather than being couch-locked, it offers an uplifting energy boost which may help you get some work done. Most importantly, you will be ready to raid the fridge, the cabinets, and your neighbor’s kitchen as the munchies hit hard. It is common for users of this cannabis strain to consume so many snacks that they ultimately fall into a food coma. If you have an appetite disorder, this sounds like a recipe for success.
Tahoe OG Kush has a lovely pine fresh scent with an added sweetness that is immediately apparent. It tastes almost as sweet as it smells and your taste buds will rejoice at the delicious lemon taste. This is arguably what stimulates appetite the most!
5 – Candyland (The Early Riser’s Marijuana Strain)
This is a 50/50 hybrid that contains a whopping 24% THC and is amongst the best marijuana strains for early morning use. It is a cross of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies and Daddy Purple, and is the preferred smoke of artists. Once you consume Candyland, your mind receives a boost akin to what you would experience from a very strong cup of coffee.
Although it is a hybrid, Candyland feels like a sativa, which is why you feel energized for hours after first using it. We recommend using it soon after you wake up; make sure you give it a little time to work before breakfast, and suddenly, you will be absolutely ravenous. Bacon, eggs, and pancakes will all disappear off the plate, no mean feat for anyone suffering from an appetite disorder.
The combination of Candyland’s effects and the nutrition from your hearty breakfast will keep you going for hours. If lack of appetite is an issue, perhaps try a few more tokes before lunch. As well as giving your appetite a lift, Candyland is used as a treatment for headaches, chronic pain, and depression.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana & Appetite Disorders
For some marijuana users, the munchies is an unwanted side effect. If you have an appetite disorder, however, it could be the treatment you need. As well as stimulating appetite, these strains may be capable of calming gastrointestinal distress and helping you feel better on a day-to-day basis. If you are new to medicinal marijuana, it would be best if you to select medium or low-strength strains and work your way up, as overuse can bring about side effects such as paranoia and anxiety.
In any case, prior to any cannabis consumption it is important to consult with your medical physician and understand the current laws around cannabis in your state.