I know, it sounds kind of backward with the whole munchies ordeal, but I think I have worked it out.
Scientists say that compulsive eating, and over eating in general is deemed as addictive as crack, heroin, ect. I don't know if it's completely true, but that would explain the epidemic of obesity in this country. About 75% of the nurses I work with are considered obese- having proper medical training, and knowing full well the consequenses of being overweight, I can see the addiction potential.
Scientists have shown eating stimulates seratonin release in the brain, and all of those other feel-good chemicals as well. The overeater can build a tolerance, persay, to the amount and types of food that trigger these chemical releases in the brain. This leads to eating more to get that feel-good chemical release in the brain, not unlike a heroin addict's need for more heroin to feel the same.
Heroin and overeating can both kill you, though, in a matter of time, the heroin will probably do you in faster. Overeating for a long period of time raises your cholesterol, risk for diabetes, heart issues, and a myriad of problems.
New studies have shown relatively good success in weaning heroin addicts off heroin by using cannabis. Methadone for both crack and heroin users used to be the ideal treatment, but the users simply went from one addiction to the next. Methadone is very bad for the body, but has a lower risk of fatality. Cannabis delivers that feel-good sensation, while helping the body to recover from harder drugs.
Because cannabis delivers those neurotransmitters more effectively than food consumption, could it possibly be used for weight loss?
Munchies come up a good deal as a side effect of smoking cannabis, however, I have found there are some strains that don't give me the munchies; others make me want to eat like a fiend. If we could isolate a certain strain that doesn't cause munchies as severly, this could actually work.
What are your thoughts on this?