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Need to kick-start your appetite? Try these 7 cannabis strains to help induce hunger

Published on September 10, 2015 · Last updated July 28, 2020

Updated 11/27/19. Lisa Rough and Dante Jordan contributed to this article.

For some cannabis consumers, an overactive appetite is an unwanted side effect of smoking weed. But for many medical cannabis patients battling nausea and appetite loss, the munchies can be a good thing.

Whether you’re using cannabis for medical reasons or simply want to pre-game before a big feast, here are seven strains that can help kick-start the grumbles in your tummy.

Thin Mint GSC

Thin Mint cannabis strain

A hybrid containing Durban Poison and OG Kush genetics, Thin Mint GSC is a phenotype of the legendary GSC. It’s a potent cultivar that hits consumers of all levels with a powerful full-body relaxation that may send you straight to sleep. With a scientific connection between being sleepy and overeating, it’s easy to see why a sleep-inducing strain could also be the first step toward Flavortown. Now Katt Williams’ “Hungry, happy, sleepy” jokes make a bit more sense.

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Blackwater is a deep purple-colored indica bred by crossing Mendo Purps and San Fernando Valley OG Kush. Its compact buds kick out a lemony pine flavor that bring about a very mellow and euphoric high. The high is so relaxing that many seek it for wellness benefits like pain relief and appetite stimulation. Because of its potency, Blackwater is recommended for nighttime consumption.

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Purple Kush

Straight out of Oakland, Purple Kush is a pure indica strain that crosses Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. Like many Kush strains, PK has an earthy flavor with sweet undertones and provides a long-lasting high. The high is euphoric and physically relaxing, making it great for pain and insomnia. This smack-you-right-in-the-kisser kind of strain will also bring about those late night munchies that we all pretend to not love.

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Chemo, sometimes called UBC Chemo, is an old timer that may not be familiar, but its hunger-inducing qualities should be far from a secret. Many consumers seek this Canadian cultivar with woody aromas for its heavy-hitting high that goes toe-to-toe with nausea and appetite loss. If you’re struggling with the ability to stuff your face, this strain might be the one for you.

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Tahoe OG Kush

You’ve definitely heard of this strain, and if not, you’ve definitely smoked something it was crossed with. Tahoe OG Kush, or Tahoe OG for short, is a phenotype of OG Kush that holds the same earthy and citrus attributes of its ancestor. The high brings a strong laziness over the body with a little cerebral kick that’ll leave you in the land of Euphorica. Choose this nighttime strain if you need a midnight snack.

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Head Cheese

Head Cheese combines the legendary strains 707 Headband and UK Cheese. Another strain that’ll hit your body with a relaxing euphoria, these genetics will send you into a chill mode that’ll have you thinking “Where are the pizza Pringles though?” Many consumers have reported relief from pain, migraines, and inflammation. These bulky green buds with a sharp cheesy funk have been reported to increase appetite too.

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Monster Cookies

Another potent indica, Monster Cookies hails from the favored GSC tribe and offers the same dose of euphoria and relaxation you know and love. The sleepy effects will increase over time, so keep your couch and your munchies close at hand and you’ll be set for the night.

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Lisa Rough
Lisa Rough
Lisa is a former associate editor at Leafly, where she specialized in legislative cannabis policy and industry topics.
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