As all stoners know, one of the major side effects of smoking marijuana is succumbing to the ravenous nature of the munchies. It is a phenomenon that people tend to have mixed feelings about. Some people hate the amount it makes them eat, while others savour it, and enjoy the feast it brings on.
For some cannabis consumers, the “munchies,” is an unwanted side effect that can lead to overeating, but for many medical marijuana patients, it provides necessary relief from symptoms like nausea and a lack of appetite.
So here are five strains that will get the job done, you can get the seeds below.
Critical Kush, as the name suggests, is the coming together of Critical Mass and Hindu Kush, with a bit of Skunk #1 thrown in for good measure. The result is a potent indica dominant strain that never fails to induce the munchies. To top it all off, Critical Kush produces very generous yields of some very aromatic and pungent bud. The THC content is roughly 18%, and has a moderate CBD content to go with it.
Sticking to the theme of fruity indica-dominant strains, meet Pineapple Kush! This strain is the result of merging the legendary OG Kush with the tasty and fruity Pineapple. This augmentation of potency alongside flavour is an appetite-inducing masterpiece. The heavily indica-dominant genetic profile lends to psychoactive effects that leave the body feeling as though it’s been wrapped in a comfort blanket. Mental stress and muscular tension seem to dissolve, and are instead rapidly replaced by feelings of optimism and serenity. She’s a great antidote for a busy day, helping users unwind into a state of bliss. The latter phases of this high are characterised by a ferocious appetite and bright red eyes.
A beautiful purple bud, Lavender is a gorgeous compliment to any pre-meal ritual with cannabis. It’s so well connected to our gut that it’s frequently used as a strain to treat gastrointestinal issues. One of those issues is hunger. Lavender leans slightly toward being an indica, so you’ll still be enthusiastic about lunch, but it won’t make you sleepy the rest of your afternoon like Critical Mass might.
This sweet indica-dominant hybrid has a berry-like taste perfect as a pre-game to that second (or third) helping of apple pie. When it comes to strains to stimulate your appetite, this one is notorious for giving users the munchies so be prepared to eat your weight in casserole and turkey. We feel a serious food coma coming on.
One of the few sativa-heavy strains on the list, NYC Diesel is a blissful and uplifting strain that also delivers a punch to the gut, reminding it of how hungry it is. It’s floral and fruity smells add to the feeling of hunger and the spicy exhale makes the belly grumble for something flavorful. This strain is ideal for patients who are too fatigued to build their appetite.
Goo is a fairly heavy indica, so don’t test this strain unless you’re prepared for a strong dose of relaxation with your appetite boost. It also offers relief from painful muscle spasms, making it a good choice for spasticity or for those who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders.
Giga Bud strain
Known for turning its consumers into voracious eaters, Giga Bud is another indica-heavy strain that promotes a healthy GI system. This strain is also used to reduce nausea and is ideal for preventing weight-loss in chronically sick patients.
Orange Skunk is a clear-headed hybrid cross between Californian Orange and Skunk. With a smell that is as sweet as it is sour, Orange Skunk delivers strong physical sensations that creep into a steady cerebral invigoration. Its medical uses are diverse, but patients treating stress, anxiety, inflammation and headaches may benefit the most from this California hybrid. Novice growers delight in the simplicity of raising Orange Skunk plants, which flower in 8 to 10 weeks in indoor gardens.
A descendant of the infamous Girl Scout Cookies, not only will this indica keep your belly rumbling but it will also make sure you’re nice and relaxed for the inevitable family questioning every holiday seems to entail. Be careful though, this strain is sure to help you have a nice long nap in front of the football so make sure you bag the comfiest spot on the couch.
Monster Cookies is an 80% indica cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Granddaddy Purple that delivers a jarring dose of euphoria and relaxation. Its aroma is dominated by earthy notes, enriched by a grape and berry scent passed on by Granddaddy Purple. Hues of purple and green weave together under a silver blanket of crystal trichomes, colors that continue to darken with maturation. Calming sedation wells up over time, making this strain ideal for late night use.
The only sativa on this list, Blue Dream is a sure winner. Its high THC content will keep you stress and anxiety free, a must when there are so many family members around. It’s also a great strain for treating nausea, perfect if you’re not feeling so hot after all the food you’ve eaten or the holiday beverages you’ve consumed.
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