To eat or not to eat, that is the question. Appetite issues affect a lot of us for many different reasons. Maybe you’re looking to stimulate your appetite as part of your cancer treatment routine, maybe you’re looking to suppress your appetite to curb unwanted cravings, or maybe you’re just looking for the benefits of THC without the “munchies.” Whatever your reason for wanting to increase or suppress your appetite, cannabis can provide some benefits.
Top Terpenes for Appetite:
Terpenes are the “essential oils of cannabis” and are an element of the plant thought to contribute to and influence the effects a person feels after consuming cannabis. While there is still a ton of research that needs to be done, initial thoughts around terpenes point to the following when it comes to appetite.
Terpenes thought to increase appetite:
- Myrcene – Also found in thyme, parsley, bayleaf, mango, and lemongrass, Myrcene has musky, herbal, clove, and citrus aromas. You can find high concentrations of myrcene in strains like Green Crack, Alien OG, Northern Lights, and Grandaddy Purple.
- Caryophyllene – Also found in clovers, black pepper, basil, and oregano, Caryophyllene has spicy, peppery, and woody aromas. You can find Caryophyllene is popular strains like Girl Scout Cookies, White Widow, Chemdawg, and Bubba Kush.
- Limonene – Also found in citrus like lemons, peppermint and rosemary, limonene is a very common terpenes in cannabis. You can find it in strains like Super Lemon Haze, Trainwreck, and Bubba Kush.
- Pinene – Also found in Rosemary, conifer trees, basil, and dill, Pinene is an earthy terpene with aromas of pine, sweetness, and earth. You can find Pinene in strains like Jack Herer, Dutch Treat, Romulan, Blue Dream, and OG Kush.
Terpenes thought to suppress appetite:
- Humulene – Also found in hops, ginger, sage, and ginseng, Humulene has hoppy, woody, herbal, and spicy aromas. You can find Humulene in strains like White Widow, OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and Headband.
If you’re looking for more information on terpenes, check out our article here.
Top Cannabinoids for Appetite
While terpenes are starting to get some much-needed attention, cannabinoids are still the shining star of marijuana. THC and CBD are the most talked about but there are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified. While THC gives you the signature euphoria and psychoactive high, it’s also thought to increase appetite, along with the lesser known cannabinoid, CBG. On the flip side, if you’re looking to suppress your appetite, THCV is thought to be a great option.
Cannabinoids thought to increase appetite:
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) – the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis and found in almost all strains at legal dispensaries.
- CBG (Cannabigerol) – a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that exists in much smaller quantities as compared to THC in cannabis.
Cannabinoids thought to suppress appetite:
- THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) – a very mildly psychoactive cannabinoid. In small doses, it doesn’t appear to cause psychoactivity but in large doses, some people report a clear-headed and stimulated high. THCV is believed to provide the benefits of THC without the strong high and with a secondary benefit of appetite suppressant.
If you’re looking for more information on cannabinoids, check out our article here.
Top Flower Strains for Appetite
So now you know the terpenes and cannabinoids that are thought to effect appetite but what about the actual strains? What flower do you choose to stimulate or suppress appetite? Here’s a quick list of great choices for either direction you want to go.
Strains thought to increase appetite:
- Pineapple Express – This sativa dominant strain is a cross of the landrace sativa, Hawaiian, and the hybrid, Trainwreck. Expect fruity, floral, and pungent aromas and a strong head and body high.
- Girl Scout Cookies (also known as “GSC”) – A super popular hybrid strain with intense euphoric effects. Expect sweet, earthy, peppery aromas delivering a strong balanced high.
Strains thought to suppress appetite:
- Durban Poison – the legendary ladrace strain. Durban Poison gets it’s name from the port city of Durban, South Africa from where it was thought to have been first imported into the states in the 1970’s. Durban Poison usually has around 1% THCV which is high for any strain. Expect energetic and stimulating effects from this popular sativa.
Top cannabis products for appetite
Looking for products other than flower to help with appetite? Check out these below.
Products thought to increase appetite:
- Jetty Extracts Delta 8 Vape Cartridge – Delta 8 is thought to be more effective at stimulating appetite than delta 9 THC (the common form found in most products). This product will give you a long lasting whole body high.
- Levels CBG calm Tabs – These sublingual tabs deliver CBG without any THC meaning you can enjoy the benefits of CBG without any psychoactive “high” effects. Let the tab dissolve under your toungue for fast absorption and effects.
Products though to suppress appetite:
- Levels THCV Stimulate tabs – enjoy the benefits of THCV without THC. These sublingual tabs are easy to use and discrete. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth for fast absorption and effects.
While there is still a lot of research that needs to be done on cannabinoids, terpenes, and the cannabis plant, we’re seeing a lot of customers find help with appetite through cannabis. Talk to one of our budtenders for advice.
Let us know what you experience on your cannabis journey!
Reminder to always consumer responsibly. Don’t consume cannabis and then operate heavy machinery, including driving a car. If you’re new to cannabis, start small and increase your dosage as you go. If you have questions you can always reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another article that we think you would like to read is – Using Cannabis for Help With Sleep.