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How to curb your munchies: 6 ways to fight cravings when you’re high

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The munchies, i.e. the strong and bizarre food cravings people often experience when they’re high on weed, can be a funny (not to mention tasty) part of the cannabis consumer experience.

But the reality is, for those who consume cannabis on a daily basis for medical reasons or just as a way to relax throughout the day, the munchies can become a huge barrier to weight loss.

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Good news: Just because you wake and bake doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to the potato chip bag, Similarly to how dieters treat typical food cravings, there are ways to push your munchies away and lock the door behind them.

Here are 6 crafty strategies to curb your munchies.

1. Set a Meal Schedule (and Stick to It)

Having a mealtime schedule is beneficial whether you enjoy cannabis or not. When you don’t eat at consistent times throughout the day, you’re going to feel hungry when you least expect it. For those that use cannabis, sticking to a set food schedule can help you avoid feeling hungry after a toke.

2. Try to Stay Busy

While it’s normal to slow down and enjoy the high after using marijuana, if you’re prone to the munchies, it may be best to stay busy. The more activity you take part in while high, the less time you have to think about food.

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3. Choose the Right Strain

For some cannabis users, certain strains can cause them to experience more food cravings than others. If the strain you’re using seems to ignite your appetite, try another. You may find something you can enjoy without extra snacks.

4. No Snacks in Sight

If the munchies are inevitable when you use weed, then try to avoid temptation. One way of doing this is by keeping unhealthy snacks out of your house altogether.

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If you find yourself always getting the munchies, it may be best if you buy healthier foods that are easily accessible for when you (inevitably) raid your fridge. This is a great time to get in the leafy greens you may be missing. If the munchies strike and healthy foods are all you have in the house, you can say “bye-bye” to that cucumber you’ve been ignoring for days.

5. Add in a Workout

Some people simply refuse to fight the munchies when they attack. That’s fine. We get it. But that means you should prepare ahead of time.

If you’ve resigned yourself to partaking in unhealthy snacks when your munchies attack, throw in a workout before you smoke or take an edible. This will help you prepare for the extra calories that are about to hit your system.

6. Use Minty Freshness to Your Advantage

Brushing your teeth may not be at the top of your list of fun things to do while high, but it can help fight the cravings. Brushing or using mouthwash will leave a fresh, minty taste in your mouth. This doesn’t always go well with certain foods and may help you avoid bad snacks while high.

Plus, chewing on mint-flavored gum or sucking an Ice Breaker is a good way to trick your brain into thinking you’re having a snack.