A Healthy Guide: Exercise and ‘the munchies’
Updated: Sep 16
When first beginning your use of Medical Cannabis, the most apparent effect you will find is an increased appetite. This increased appetite is normal. Those on a diet or trying to cut down on their food intake might find themselves struggling with staying healthy while feeling the urge to eat. While it may seem hard, it is not impossible.
Allow this guide to serve as your healthy cheat sheet against the 'munchies' - the munchies is the colloquial term used to describe the increased hunger felt while under the effects of Cannabis.
Finding the Right Food to Eat
The adage, "if you can't beat them, join them." rings true in this battle against the munchies. If resisting the urge to eat is too great a challenge, then the simplest solution is to eat healthy food! Finding healthy food to eat is easiest when applied in tandem with a pre-existing diet or meal prep.
However, if such tools aren't already in your arsenal, make sure to stock up on fruits, vegetables, and other foods that won't make you regret your gorging. See this great source for more help.
Refraining From Bad Habits
The easiest way to avoid eating unhealthy foods while under the influence of Cannabis is to do just that - avoid eating unhealthy food! The munchies occur due to the brain's chemical reaction when it interacts with THC, the main psychoactive compound in Cannabis.
This means: it's all in your head! Though the hunger you might feel seems to be dire, it's just a chemical reaction. Finding something to distract yourself from the duration of your Cannabis' effects is the best way to avoid overeating.
If the hunger is too unbearable, then resort to your healthy snacks! The munchies are not an unconquerable foe!
Exercise While Under the Influence of Cannabis
As previously described, one tactic for avoiding overeating while under the influence of Cannabis is finding something to do. One activity that many may not consider doing under the influence is exercise. However, exercising with Cannabis can be incredibly fun and effective.
Light exercise is the best for Cannabis. I.e., walking, stretching, yoga, even meditating. Low-intensity exercise pairs well with Cannabis because of the relaxation that often comes with the consumption of Cannabis.
While it is possible to do High-Intensity Interval-Training while under the influence, it is not advisable. Serious injury can occur if you overexert yourself, which is possible when under the influence as it is easier to lose track of your repetitions/sets.
CannaDocsFL hopes that your journey with Cannabis is safe and healthy. Whatever you choose, make sure your safety and health are the most imperative things in mind.
Choosing healthy snacks to munch on will keep your caloric intake in check and your state of health at optimal levels while medicating.
Likewise, choosing safe and non-intense activities to partake in will ensure that you're not hurting your body. Be sure not to push yourself.
Stay safe and enjoy your journey with Medical Cannabis!
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