The Best Cannabis Strains for Appetite Suppression
Wednesday January 23, 2019
C annabis consumers and non-consumers alike are well aware that using marijuana is bound to increase your appetite, giving you what is popularly known as “the munchies.” But are there strains that could do the opposite and help to reduce appetite? To find the answer, let’s take a closer look into the world of cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body.
Are there Cannabis Strains that Curb the Munchies?
The body has its own endocannabinoid system, which interacts with the cannabinoids found in marijuana. When cannabis is consumed, it activates a receptor called CB1, which researchers believe is behind the munchies phenomenon.
Though research is scant, it is thought that strains high in THC are behind the activation of CB1, which stimulates appetite, while strains that contain balanced or larger amounts of CBD may counteract the mechanisms of CB1. So, while THC is getting busy activating CB1 receptors – and making you hungry – CBD, which triggers CB2 receptors, may inhibit the action of CB1, helping to tamp down the impulse to eat while high.
In addition to CBD, another cannabinoid thought to be useful for curbing appetite is THCV.
Very similar to its counterpart THC – the compound behind marijuana’s high – both THC and THCV interact with the same receptors. However, THCV acts as an antagonist of receptors CB1 and CB2, meaning it acts in the opposite way. So, if the interaction of THC on these receptors makes you hungry, THCV is acting to block the reward centers in the brain associated with the pleasure of eating food, making it less enjoyable, and therefore, less desirable. In fact, it may be why cannabis users, on average, are thinner than those that do not partake.
Top Strains for Appetite Suppression
THCV, in amounts large enough to make a difference in decreasing appetite, is rather tough to find. Though it is psychoactive like cannabis, the high is believed to have a more psychedelic feel and wear off much quicker, so it is often bred out of popular strains, many of which are bred for a potent high.
Current thought points to African sativas as the most likely to have higher amounts of THCV, and as the market for cannabis grows and more research is done, it is likely that finding THCV will be much easier to find in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some strains that may be able to stave off the munchies:
Best Strains to Curb Appetite:
- Durban Poison is a South African sativa with sweet and spicy notes known for its clear-headed effect
- Super Silver Haze is thought to be the perfect sativa-leaning hybrid because of its balance of both mental and physical effects
- Green crack is an energizing, upbeat sativa-dominant hybrid with an earthy taste and citrusy scent
- ACDC is a strain low on THC and rich in CBD. With the sweet smell of lemongrass and cherries and a CBD/THC ratio of 30:1, this strain is good for those who want to avoid both the munchies and getting high
- Lemon G13 is heavy on the terpene limonene, making this sativa-leaning hybrid one of the most aromatic. Even though it offers a very cerebral high, it is also very energetic and uplifting
While these strains might help you avoid the munchies, relying on strains rich in CBD or THCV to manage weight is not a great idea. Getting around 30 minutes of moderate activity every day should do the trick, and it can be as simple as mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or taking a walk around the block. For optimal functional fitness, combine this with strength training a couple of times a week, and take it easy on foods high in fat and sugar. These changes, combined with an appetite-suppressing strain to ease any post-exercise aches and pains, could add up to a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t include the munchies.
What are your favorite strains for appetite suppression? Share them in the comments below!
Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work – which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor – covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.
Most cannabis consumers have experienced a run in or two with the munchies, but are there marijuana strains out there that can actually do the opposite? Learn more about the best strains for appetite suppression and why THCV content plays such an important role in curbing hunger.
22 High-Energy Marijuana Strains to Boost Your Activity
Are you under the assumption that smoking weed leaves you on the couch in a mellow mood with the munchies? Then you haven’t tried the right strains. Thanks to more education about the plant and its medicinal and other properties, attitudes toward cannabis are changing. People realize that marijuana isn’t as scary as they thought it was; in fact, it’s a naturally growing plant. If you use aloe, garlic, ginseng, St. John’s wort, chamomile, and other plants for medicinal purposes, then the cannabis plant isn’t far behind.
There are three main species of the cannabis plant: sativa, indica, and ruderalis. Most people know about sativa and indica because these are the widespread species most commonly smoked or ingested. However, as we learn more about the medicinal properties of the plant, breeders are creating new strains based on specific properties offering different results to the user. For example, certain strains can help you with medical issues like seizures, insomnia, and diseases, while others provide a boost of energy better than caffeine or energy drinks.
Several sites like Leafly.com, MarijuanaBreak.com, Westword.com, and others listed their picks for best energy-inducing weed. For those who suffer from conditions like Chronic Fatigue that sap your energy, and for the rest of us who need little pick-me-up now and then, here are 22 high-energy marijuana strains to boost your activity and energy.
A well-known sativa, Columbia Gold is an energizing strain with none of the anxiety, paranoia, and fatigue of others. This strain is the perfect all-day strain to keep you uplifted and ready for anything. In fact, medical patients use it to fight appetite issues, aches and pains, stress, and exhaustion. Before your next workout, try Columbia Gold for its easy-to-manage high.
While its name may strike panic, Durban Poison is a sativa strain mostly cultivated in Africa as it thrives in those growing conditions. This strain delivers an almost exclusive cerebral high, resulting in plenty of high energy and activity without risking the crash that comes later. Most people compare it to a shot of espresso. If you’re worried about sleeping, don’t take Durban Poison close to bedtime as it can last between 2 to 3 hours.
Another name that may drum up warning signs, Green Crack isn’t what you think. If you need a kick in the pants to get going, you need Green Crack. This sativa provides a stimulating effect that will have your body humming. If you need fuel to go out with friends and be the life of the party, try Green Crack. However, for those prone to paranoia, you may want to stay away.
Acid Dough is a hybrid developed from Lilly and OG Badazz. If you need a high that offers a vibrant, stimulant effect, try Acid Dough. Featuring 80% sativa in its genetic makeup, this strain offers an intense, uplifting high. You’ll also enjoy its unique flavor thanks to the Lilly plant with hints of tropical fruits. Get ready to work out, go dancing, or just rearrange the furniture.
If you want a quick jolt of energy for your body without the accompanying mind jolt, try Tangerine Power. You’ll stay relatively calm; some even say they slow down mentally. While these responses sound quite contrary, if you have simpleminded, boring tasks to accomplish, you need Tangerine Power. It will give you the energy you need to get through the monotony.
Another hybrid, Jack Herer is named after the famed American cannabis activist and its origins are kept secret. What you need to know is that Jack Herer is the quintessential “wake and bake” weed. If you need a creative high that’s relaxing at the same time, try this strain. Besides a variety of medical issues like chronic fatigue, Jack Herer’s low THC content is perfect for newbies wanting an energy boost.
Smelling of oranges, honeyed mangoes, sweet wildflowers, and more, Jillybean offers amazing aromatherapy besides its uplifting effects. If you want to be your most creative, if you want your mind to soar with inspiration, try Jillybean. For those who need to be social and aren’t feeling it, or if you need to boost your productivity, Jillybean leaves you motivated, happy, energized, and focused.
Sour Diesel is a hybrid that offers an intense effect on both your body and your mind. If you need something to motivate you to get moving or help improve your mood, try Sour Diesel. Interestingly enough, the unique floral tones coupled with diesel offer an interesting aroma and flavor you won’t soon forget.
Another sativa, Lemon Haze is another extremely popular strain that High Times awarded its Cannabis Cup in 2008 and 2009. Bred from Super Silver Haze and Lemon Skunk, this sativa has a strong lemon flavor that wakes you up. Want a sense of euphoria with a heightened sense of creativity with your energy? Try Lemon Haze to give you a mood boost and to skyrocket your energy. It’s not recommended for newbies because of 25% THC content.
XJ-13 is a hybrid that boasts wonderful aromas of lime, lemon, and tropical fruit that packs a significant effect. One consumer on Leafly reportedly said, “This instinctively feels like an amazing strain for those with social anxiety as it brings your energy levels and creative thinking up.” If you want to let go of stress and limiting thoughts, try XJ-13. You might actually like conversation, cultural arts, and other activities.
Ready to jam to some music or join a pickup game in the park? Easy Haze offers a euphoric, almost psychedelic effect. If you want to feel absolutely full of happiness while enjoying outdoors activities, try Easy Haze. Not for the newcomer, Easy Haze can contain up to 21% THC content. But it offers an amazing blend of citrus, metal, and pineapple. Try it.
If you want to remain calm and composed but have plenty of energy for what comes next, you need Maui Strawberry. Perfect for daytime, outdoor activities, this sativa strain uplifts you without letting you get lost in your mind. For those who avoid social situations, Maui Strawberry helps you relax while you show unflappable energy for anything small talk throws your way.
If you’re sensitive to high THC strains or a newbie with little experience, Harlequin is a high CBD sativa with very minimal psychoactive effects. Instead of turning to coffee or energy drinks to clear your head and promote clear-headed thinking, try Harlequin. You’ll love the weightless sensation, and Harlequin is especially adept at treating pain. So add Harlequin to your strength training regime and work through the pain.
Want to attend a full-moon party in Thailand? The next best thing is this high THC content sativa strain, Wild Thailand. You’ll love the intense citrus scent with other fruity tones. But more importantly, if you want to party all day long, try Wild Thailand. Thanks to its high THC content of up to 22.3%, you get an intense, euphoric high that will keep you going like the Energizer Bunny.
Get intense energy and motivation with Pucker that will light a fire under your backseat regardless of the task at hand. The nice thing is you’ll be in a fun hurry. You might lack concentration, but you’ll also lack anxiety which is a big plus with Pucker. Perfect for recreational daytime use, medicinal users also like it to treat exhaustion, anxiety, pain, and mental anguish.
Ghost Train Haze
If you’ve been partaking for a while as a cannabis veteran, you’ll enjoy the speedy buzz from Ghost Train Haze. On Leafly’s list of the strongest strains because of high THC content, Ghost Train Haze makes you feel quite euphoric thanks to a trippy buzz. If you want to emphasize an outdoor excursion or just appreciate your surroundings at home, try this sativa blend on your next adventure.
A sativa bred from Chocolate and a Columbian landrace, Superchoco is a high potent strain that can reach up to 25% THC content, so newbies should beware. If you love a pure sativa, you’ll love the Superchoco hybrid. It provides a very intense cerebral effect thanks to its 80% sativa genetics and 20% indica. A sweet and fruity scent, Superchoco is not for the faint-hearted.
Mixing a stupid, happy blissful state with immense energy, Mango Kush requires plenty of things to do to take advantage of this strain. The more you consume, the stronger it gets, so plan accordingly. Mango Kush also treats minor pain, muscle spasms, stress, glaucoma, and severe boredom. Want to clean all your closets in a day? Try Mango Kush.
One site listed this hybrid as straight from Amsterdam. Featuring a 60% sativa and a 40% indica hybrid, Casey Jones offers a clean, motivational high. If you want to focus on creativity in the moment, you need to try this hybrid. You’ll love the floral, fruity, and diesel tones that combined offer an earthy musk.
Whether you need something to keep you going during the daytime, at the after-work happy hour, or even entertaining into the wee hours after the party, try Ecto-Cooler. Providing a euphoric feeling without making your brain work too much, Ecto-Cooler can also offer a productive boost if you don’t take it to the limit. If you need to maintain focus, a few puffs of Ecto-Cooler can help.
Juanita la Lagrimosa
Around for over a decade, Juanita la Lagrimosa is a hybrid from Queen Mother and NYCD that has won awards in several prestigious events. You’ll love the unique effect caused by a perfectly balance ratio of THC to CBD—1:1. Try Juanita la Lagrimosa for a clean, cerebral effect that’s uplifting to improve your mood and be a social butterfly at gatherings. The fruity, hasty flavor is one you won’t forget.
If you want an all-day strain, turn to Hercules. It both stimulates your mind and energizes your body without draining either. Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter or want to stay on top of your game all day, Hercules performs well. It also offers wonderful medicinal benefits like treating eye pain, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, and more.
For your next workout, if you’re running, try Green Crack for an ultra-focused, high energy run. And if you’re weight lifting, try Harlequin for a mind-numbing focus on form and reps. In fact, experiment with each of the above strains to see which ones motivate, energize, focus, and stimulate the side of you that doesn’t come out and play often.
22 High-Energy Marijuana Strains to Boost Your Activity Are you under the assumption that smoking weed leaves you on the couch in a mellow mood with the munchies? Then you haven’t tried the right