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The Best Cannabis Strains For The Munchies

The idea that smoking weed gives you the munchies is a bit of a cliché. The truth is that different cannabis strains affect the appetite differently. In general, more potent cultivars – meaning those with higher THC levels – are the most likely to have you raiding the kitchen.

However, other cannabinoids and terpenes also play a role. Which is why some weed strains are better than others at getting the digestive juices flowing.

How Does Cannabis Give You The Munchies?

Two hormones largely control the urge to eat. The first of these is called ghrelin and is released when the stomach is empty, sending the signal to the brain that it’s time to get your nosh on. As food enters the belly, ghrelin levels drop, resulting in fewer hunger pangs.

Leptin, meanwhile, has the opposite effect and is present in low levels when there’s a hole in your gut. The more you eat, the more leptin is released until the brain gets the picture and realises that you’re full.

Collectively, these two compounds are known as the hunger hormones and can be hacked by consuming weed. This is because the endocannabinoid system partially controls both ghrelin and leptin. In particular, the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor exerts a massive influence over these signalling molecules. As every stoner knows, THC is a potent agonist of this receptor.

People struggling with appetite loss – such as cancer or HIV patients – are therefore often prescribed CB1 activators to help them increase their food intake. Although medical marijuana users can achieve similar – if not better – results. Logically, high-THC strains are likely to stimulate the CB1 receptors the most, and all potent cultivars will therefore give you the munchies.

Girl Scout Cookies (GSC), Durban Poison, OG Kush, and Skunk #1 are all excellent strains for appetite stimulation. However, most cannabis users prefer indica-dominant cultivars to sativa strains when they want to crank up their food cravings. The high THC content of indica weed accounts for much of this preference. Although it’s also worth noting that sativa cultivars often contain higher levels of THCV, suppressing the appetite.

Terpenes such as caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene and limonene contribute to weed’s munchies-inducing power. So be sure to pay attention to terpene profiles when choosing a strain to boost your appetite.

Critical Purple Kush

This 80 per cent indica-dominant hybrid boasts high THC levels and minimal amounts of CBD. Making it one of the best cannabis strains for the munchies. Created by crossing Blueberry, Critical and Peyote Purple, Critical Purple Kush boasts Afghani and Skunk genetics, so you can count on a strong body high when using this bad boy.

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The flavour fuses lemon and pineapple with traces of skunk, and the plant’s relaxing effects make this one of the most popular medical cannabis strains. In addition to boosting the appetite, Critical Purple Kush also provides some eye candy thanks to its colourful buds. Growing to a height of around three metres when cultivated outdoors, the plant’s buds begin to turn purple towards the end of the growing season, when night-time temperatures plunge.

Jack Herer

Named after the famous activist, Jack Herer is one of the most popular strains on the market. It’s also one of the best cannabis cultivars for inducing the munchies, despite being a sativa-dominant strain. With a hefty dose of Haze genetics in its ancestry, Jack Herer benefits from a high THC concentration yet has a CBD content of just 0.5 percent.

The sweet yet peppery taste and energising high produced by this strain have secured numerous awards over the years, including a Cannabis Cup. Altogether, these attributes make Jack Herer one of the best strains for cannabis users who want to experience the munchies but would rather avoid the couch-lock that comes with certain indica varieties.

Original Afghani #1

With all this talk of indica strains, we shouldn’t forget to mention the landrace that gave rise to many of the most popular hybrids on the market today. Straight from the Hindu Kush mountains, Original Afghani #1 was the plant that first introduced indica genetics to western growers and has been extensively used in breeding programmes to create a massive variety of spin-offs.

cannabis munchies

Known for its dense buds and copious amounts of resin, Original Afghani #1 flowers earlier than most sativa strains. So, it’s an excellent choice for those with a short growing season or a lack of patience. Aside from being a bona fide classic and a cornerstone of modern cannabis culture, it’s also one of the best cannabis strains for the munchies.

Royal Cookies

The minty flavour and smell of cookies that come with this strain leave no doubt as to its parentage. Essentially an autoflowering version of GSC, Royal Cookies is yet another indica-dominant hybrid that never fails to get users reaching for the nearest snack.

Smoke, vape, or eat this prestigious cultivar. And you’ll find yourself immersed in a relaxing and uplifting experience, with a euphoric high accompanying the heavy couch-lock stone.

This combination of effects makes Royal Cookies suitable for use as a treatment for a range of medical conditions. With appetite loss being just one of these. The taste alone can be enough to get the hunger hormones flowing. So make sure your kitchen is well-stocked when enjoying a puff of this weed strain.


Despite being a sativa-dominant strain, CandyLand features THC levels of well over 20 per cent. Therefore, it’s one of the best cannabis strains for inducing the munchies. As is typical of sativa cultivars, this strain produces an energising high. It is the kind of weed you can smoke when you need to get things done. Among the side effects is an overwhelming desire to stuff your face, while the relaxing yet psychoactive nature of CandyLand’s high can be beneficial to those suffering from fatigue, depression or stress.

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Growers in more northerly latitudes are advised to cultivate this particular strain indoors, as it prefers warmer climates. In addition to its hunger-inducing effects, CandyLand also produces gorgeous buds that take on a rich purple hue as they mature.

Cultivation information, and media is given for those of our clients who live in countries where cannabis cultivation is decriminalised or legal, or to those that operate within a licensed model. We encourage all readers to be aware of their local laws and to ensure they do not break them.

Ben Taub