Does Delta 8 Make You Hungry? What the Science Says

We’ve all been there…

Smoking on some fresh strains of marijuana and before you know it, you’re down the web in an Uber Eats black hole, trying to pick out the perfect meal to feed your munchies.

So when Delta 8 THC arrived on the scene, we had the same question as you.

Does Delta 8 make you hungry? 

Yes, Delta 8 can make you feel hungry. Why? Delta 8 is an appetite-stimulating analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). 

Of course this depends on the amount you smoke (vapes) or consume (edibles), but Delta 8 has been reported to stimulate your appetite, in some cases, even more than Delta 9 (marijuana).

One of our customers, KenzieRae, recorded her experience after trying Delta 8 edibles.

If you’d like to understand why Delta 8 increases your appetite, we’ll dive right in!

What is Delta 8 THC?

Here's a definition from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) thesaurus: 

[Delta 8 is] an analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC) binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system; CB1 receptor activation inhibits adenyl cyclase, increases mitogen-activated protein kinase activities, modulates several potassium channel conductances and inhibits N- and P/Q-type Ca2+ channels. This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in hemp

If you're feeling confused about what all of that means, fear not. We will break it down for you. 

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Why does Delta 8 make you hungry?

The first step to understanding why Delta 8 makes you hungry is to understand the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) that every body has. The ECS is the cell-signaling system in our bodies that helps regulate certain functions, including your appetite. 

The ECS also helps to regulate:

  • Sleep
  • Brain function/memory
  • Metabolism
  • Mood
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • And more…

The ECS sends signals to the rest of your body in order to process these functions. 

For the scientific explanation, just follow this link.

Without getting too carried away, the ECS has 3 main parts to it, but the main part we’re looking at in terms of why Delta 8 makes us hungry is the CB1 receptor.

The CB1 receptor in the ECS helps regulate sleep, pain, metabolism, anxiety, and appetite.

Think of it like a switchboard.

ECS System and Appetite Stimulation Diagram for Delta 8

It signals our body that we’re tired, that we’re in pain, that we’re anxious, and in this case, that we’re feeling hungry. 

Read more: Does Delta 8 Make You Sleepy?

Now, while further research has to be done in terms of the real cause for WHY Delta 8 makes us hungry, we do know that Delta 8 binds to the CB1 receptor. As stated in our NCI definition above:

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8-THC) binds to the cannabinoid G-protein coupled receptor CB1, located in the central nervous system; CB1 receptor activation inhibits adenyl cyclase, increases mitogen-activated protein kinase activities, modulates several potassium channel conductances and inhibits N- and P/Q-type Ca2+ channels.

However, while it may aid in sleep, reduce pain, relax your body, and increase your appetites, we still need some more research to understand exactly why and how it does its job.

But, what we can tell you based on many customer reviews is that Delta 8 does tend to give people the munchies.

Want to really dive into the science? Check out this report: Very low doses of delta 8-THC increase food consumption and alter neurotransmitter levels following weight loss

What if I don't want Delta 8 to make me hungry?

Every body processes THC differently. However, different versions of Delta 8 may have different effects for you. If you find that you're feeling extra hungry when taking Delta 8 edibles, perhaps switch to a vape instead. Or, set yourself up for success by preparing your favorite snacks or ordering food ahead of time. 

Read More: 7 Activities to Enhance the Sensory Effects of Delta 8

Ready to try Delta 8 yourself?

Check out the latest shipping laws to see whether Delta 8 is currently available for purchase online in your state.

Anything to enjoy the stimulating experience that Delta 8 can have on your body AND appetite!

Shop now at Moonwlkr for our full line of Delta 8 vapes and edibles.

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