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10 cannabis strains that won’t make you (as) hungry

February 20, 2016

“There’s weed that don’t make you hungry? For real? Honey, this changes everything.”

That was my Lyft driver’s response when I told her not all cannabis makes your gullet an insatiable black hole. Most cannabis consumers–especially first-time experimenters–have only tried high-THC strains, so it’s no wonder that the dispelling of this common misconception comes to the surprise of many who have long associated cannabis with the inevitable “munchies” syndrome.

The munchies can be a beautiful thing, and I’m not just talking about the pure ecstasy that comes with dual-wielding a fried chicken leg and an ice cream sandwich once in a while. That appetite stimulation is life-changing for patients dealing with cancer, depression, and other gastrointestinal/appetite disorders. But not everyone wants uncontrollable food lust, and some will actively avoid cannabis because of this one side effect–particularly those struggling with pre-existing eating and weight issues.

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For those of you interested in reaping the myriad of benefits cannabis has to offer without the unbridled gluttony, we hope you find this list helpful.

High-CBD cannabis strains

If you’ve ever tried a high-CBD strain before, you’ve probably noticed that they don’t summon the munchies monster like THC-rich varieties. A Yale study published last year found that THC – the same chemical responsible for cannabis’ euphoric high–stimulated a group of nerve cells in the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that governs instincts like hunger and arousal.

While less is known about CBD’s influence on appetite, we do know that this non-intoxicating constituent counteracts many effects of THC and researchers have even eyed CBD as an anti-obesity treatment based on its activity in the brain. Our own anecdotal evidence leads us to recommend high-CBD, low-THC strains for the best “munchie-less” experience, but a strain with equal parts CBD and THC can also induce less hunger with the added benefit of mild euphoria.

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Harle-Tsu

Harle-Tsu is hybrid cross between two high-CBD parents, Harlequin and Sour Tsunami (which are also worth looking into for minimal munchies strains). Harle-Tsu typically expresses a high-CBD profile with very little THC, making it a perfect choice for anyone who wants the relaxing and therapeutic effects of cannabis minus the euphoria or paranoia.

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Remedy

The remedy for your over-excited appetite is this cross between Cannatonic and Afghan Skunk. With a THC content that rarely squeaks past 1%, Remedy delivers mental tranquility and physical relief without the psychoactive burden. This strain is perfect for the patient needing to curb pain, anxiety, tension, headaches, or insomnia, but doesn’t want to interrupt their day with hourly snack breaks.

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Canna-Tsu

Sweet and earthy in flavor, Canna-Tsu provides a boost to both mood and focus. Though this strain may calm upset tummies, you shouldn’t feel any extra rumblings of hunger.

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MediHaze

For uncompromised energy and clarity, we recommend the low-munchies strain MediHaze. This one can sometimes exhibit equal levels of THC and CBD, but compared to high-THC, low-CBD strains, MediHaze is much better for keeping the appetite at bay.

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Cannatonic

Similar to the widely coveted ACDC hybrid, Cannatonic is a high-CBD strain that relaxes the body while leaving the mind free to focus. On average, Cannatonic has a 2:1 ratio of CBD:THC, meaning you probably won’t feel much in the way of a high or hunger.

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High-THCV cannabis strains

By now, you’re familiar with THC and CBD. But you may not be familiar with the less ubiquitous THCV, a less common cannabinoid that may suppress appetite (although more research is needed). Notable amounts of THCV are best achieved through extraction. That means if you’re on the hunt for THCV, you’ll likely want to look for concentrate products containing elevated levels of the cannabinoid. However, some strains have been found to contain slightly higher levels of THCV on average.

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While high-CBD strains tend to induce little to no high, these strains are worth a shot if you like the euphoria associated with cannabis. Keep in mind, these still contain THC—so tread lightly with the dose to avoid munchies.

Durban Poison

Said to contain elevated levels of THCV, Durban Poison is worth trying if you’re fighting an overactive appetite. Cherished for its active, upbeat high that can fuel productivity, this pure African sativa keeps you focused on what matters more than snacks.

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Power Plant

Resist the call of the pizza with Power Plant, an electrifying strain that descends from African landrace sativas. Its spicy, peppery aroma perks up the senses, leaving you with inspiration and positivity instead of a demanding stomach.

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Jack the Ripper

Kill the temptation to order half Taco Bell’s menu with Jack the Ripper, a strain that carries a tantalizing lemon scent. This invigorating variety is sure to summon a talkative mood long before a talkative tum.

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Red Congolese

Another African sativa, Red Congolese focuses all of its psychoactive energy in the head, helping creativity and focus to thrive. Among the list of activities this sativa motivates, you’ll sooner find hiking, painting, and reading more appealing than eating the entire contents of your fridge.

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Moby Dick

As sweet and citrusy as this strain might taste, Moby Dick doesn’t coerce the appetite as much as other strains. Expect instead to feel your mood and energy elevate to a place in which it’s easy to feel satisfied whether or not you treated yourself to an entire cheesecake.

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  • Benji

    I usually smoke indicas and I get hella munchies. Girl Scout Cookies is 60/40, and I don’t get the munchies at all. Smoked it a few diff times, nadda. And I don’t want to go right to sleep. 🙂

  • Trisha Freitag

    Too bad all the high THCv varietals are Sativas. The only one I can get legally here in Florida is Remedy. Maybe I’ll give it a shot. I definitely don’t need the munchies.

    • Erica Jane

      Hi Trisha, I’m not sure if this just happened since you wrote this, but they have Girl Scout Cookies at in Florida at Trulieve.

    • SheilaK

      Where in Florida are you getting it? I just started with my medical marijuana card and can’t find a dispensary with any variety

  • Barbara Cicerchi

    Aww def dnt need munchies… Im like a 15 year old crazy chef in the kitchen. Too old to eat like that again but its crazy how gooooood it all tastes lol😄

  • An easy way to deal with the munchies and still get the sativa experience is to use edibles. Then you can easily experiment with a high THC sativa combined with a CBD edible. If you use a tasty chocolate edible like those from PEAK EDIBLES (made in Oregon) and let them melt in your mouth you can also enjoy the cocolate experience and the almost immediate effect on the brain.

  • Skunkman808

    All these articles that claim some strain does something specific like this is pseudo-science at worst , placebo effect at best.

    Stop it. Just knock it off.

    • Mia

      Listen here, Skunkman! I’ve been smoking since the 70’s

      It is NOT pseudo-science

      You Stop it. You Knock it off !

      • JallopyMacfurry

        I agree. Just because something isn’t empirical science doesn’t mean people’s 1st hand experience means nothing. That’s ridiculous!
        Determining levels of trust based on one’s intuition and reason (eg. the other’s credibility based on experience, intelligence, honesty and wisdom.) is up to *us*. This may be even more valuable than so called ‘experts’ people so often bow to.

    • Mia

      Also, I think you’re a kind of person that’s not very well tuned in to your bodily feelings.

  • Bhima

    I have a 1:1 Harlequinn and it absolutely curbs my appetite. I can literally feel the fat in my stomach and my stomach feels very full when i use this strain. People say Blue dream does this but not for me, it gave me crazy munchies and dulled any fullness feeling in my stomach.