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Link between cannabis and munchies explained

THE mystery of why marijuana users feel the need to consume two packets of Tim Tams, three packets of Twisties and a litre of iced coffee every time they light up has been solved.

In a study sponsored by the Australian Research Council, behavioural neuroscientist Paul Mallet and his former PhD student Aaron Verty found the part of the brain that is responsible for cannabis smokers getting "the munchies". "An increase in appetite is a well-known side-effect of smoking marijuana," Dr Mallet said. "However, the way in which the brain controls the hunger-inducing effect of cannabis was not well understood until now.

The Australian reports.

Posted by Cynthia on October 22, 2005 at 01:50 PM in Cannabis | Permalink