More often than not, smoking weed comes with an insatiable case of the munchies. Last week, we told you why you get the munchies. This week, we’re going to tell you how to avoid the munchies!
Even veteran cannabis enthusiasts fall into the trap of heavy snacking. Some people accept the inevitable craving and head straight for the fridge after toking. But on the contrary, there are plenty of reasons why you would actually want to avoid the munchies. The first (and most obvious) reason is weight gain. If you’re counting your daily caloric intake, a few donuts could throw off your diet. Then there’s that sugary slump that usually follows after stuffing your facehole with random treats. If you’re looking to ditch the free-for-all snacking ritual, check out the tips below.
1. Stay away from temptation
Food is everywhere. The best way to avoid the munchies is to apply the “out of sight, out of mind” proverb. Don’t watch food shows, play video games instead (or go outside). Stay away from the kitchen at all costs. If you’re around the city, steer clear from food trucks and crafty snack stands. Instagram food accounts are definitely off limits until you’ve regained some self-control.
2. Stay busy
Thinking about food can trigger small cravings that lead to munchies. A great way to keep your thoughts away from food is to stay busy. You don’t have to go to the gym or do anything intense. For example, you could watch a movie with friends or reorganize your room. The idea is to keep your activities light and manageable, so it doesn’t feel like an uphill struggle.
3. Prepare ahead of time
Sometimes, you can’t escape the munchies. If you know you’re going to indulge in snacks after smoking, you may want to try preparing a healthy meal ahead of time. This could prevent you from making the wrong food choices while staring blankly at the fridge. Advanced preparation could also give you more time to relax and enjoy your high.
4. Plug your nose
There’s actually some science to this advice. While under the influence, a specific cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is responsible for increasing one’s sense of smell. Humans rely on smell to taste food (more than the tongue), and with your senses on full alert, your body goes into eating mode. “The sensation of flavor is actually a combination of taste and smell,” said Tom Finger, a professor at the University of Colorado-Denver Medical School. “If you hold your nose and start chewing a jelly bean taste is limited, but open your nose midway through chewing and then you suddenly recognize apple or watermelon.” It may not be practical to walk around with a nose plug, but at least next time you get a whiff of fresh pizza, you’ll know better than to act on your spontaneous craving.