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Friday Q & A – Everytime I smoke Pot, I binge eat- Help!

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Question: Everytime I smoke pot, I binge eat. I really wish that I didn’t, is there something I can do to prevent this?

Answer:

We should preface this answer by saying we support marijuana. We understand that some people use it medicinally and others just have cool pipes that they use to consume the drug. There are many reports showing the benefits it for people so it so we don’t have any issues with it. With this being said, one of the side-effects of smoking is the “munchies” (or binge-eating if you’re not careful). With people now growing their own cannabis at home, with the help of these cannabis grow room design experts or those from similar companies, this is becoming an increasing problem. Your brain contains cannabinoid receptors, which are specialized proteins that react to particular stimuli to produce results such as pleasure, pain relief, and hunger. The THC in marijuana is the number one stimuli that acts on cannabinoid receptors. Your body produces endogenous cannabinoids, receptors inside your body which send a signal to your brain that it’s time to eat. Those endogenous cannabinoids are abundant in your hypothalmus, which is the part of your brain that regulates appetite. So, when you smoke marijuana, you don’t just think you’re hungry, you are really, really hungry and you really want to eat. There are a lot of side effects to smoking cannabis, that a lot of users don’t know about. It is important to research marijuana before shopping for cannabis seeds and enjoying it. Eating is only one of the effects smoking pot can have on your system. And, because your inhibitions are suppressed, using your tools to deal with binge eating is close to impossible.

So, that being said, you might want to limit your marijuana use. You might even think about consuming your cannabis using a different method, such as using this PAX 3 or something alike, to see how the different consumption methods of THC could impact your cannabinoid receptors and your endocannabinoid system. As with binge eating, you might want to look at why you are choosing to smoke. Is it because you are trying not to deal with some very difficult feelings? Are you hiding from something? Is it recreational- done for fun? Is it social- something that you do to bond with friends? Is it something that you believe you need for a medical purpose?

So, the quick answer is, if you want to prevent the binge eating that comes with smoking pot, you should probably not introduce the binge eating trigger. Some triggers are hard to avoid, ie: talking to you Mom on the phone, passing by a certain bakery that’s right next to your apartment. Some are easy, ie: smoking marijuana, looking at your ex-boyfriend’s facebook page. If you decide that you want to stop using marijuana, but are finding that it’s hard to avoid it, even if you want to, you might want to check out an MA meeting and get the support that you need from others who have gone through it.

Magically, I have several clients who suffered terribly with binge eating and found that as soon as they quit using weed, the bingeing just stopped. They later realized that it wasn’t the binge eating that was a problem, it was the marijuana. Best of luck to you.

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