Did you know that cannabis may help you to shed a few pounds? In this post, we’ll take you through the best strains for keeping you slim. This may fly in the face of everything you’ve come to know about marijuana – the herb famous for giving stoners ‘the munchies’, a huge appetite boost. But the truth is that the munchies are manageable, and not all strains make you hungry anyway. Here are five good strains of weed for suppressing appetite.
1) One to One
Users seeking a moderate psychoactive journey when they medicate with cannabis should try a strain like One to One, which has – to the surprise of nobody! – an equal mix of cannabidiol (CBD) to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). One to One will probably only cause psychoactive effects in inexperienced cannabis users, as the high levels of CBD cancel out much of the mind-altering qualities.
But if you haven’t toked up before, then you may experience some euphoria the first few times you use One to One. The increased THC content (compared to most medical strains) makes this cannabis rather energizing – tests have shown THC levels in One to One peak at 14 percent.
2) Black Beauty
For weight loss, there are few better strains in the cannabis community than Black Beauty. That’s because this flower’s medicinal benefits don’t come almost exclusively from the CBD – the cultivators have promoted the presence of other powerful cannabinoids, including a fascinating psychoactive compound known as tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Studies on rodents have found that THCV could help people to keep better control over their weight. The researchers administered pure THCV to a group of mice, who then proceeded to spend less time eating than the untreated rodents. Scientists wonder whether these effects could be repeated in humans – as yet, there is no definitive research.
Black Beauty is one of a select few strains that contains significant levels of THCV – 4 percent in fact. Add that onto 7 percent THC and you have a strain that could send you on a pretty fun trip – you’ll certainly remember Black Beauty more for its psychoactive effects than any body high. The cerebral and energizing properties mean Black Beauty is best used in the daytime.
Harlequin is a CBD-rich strain with a CBD to THC ratio of around 5:2. This is a great strain to try and lose weight with, because of the high percentage of CBD. Scientists have done some research on rodents which shows that cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce appetite, in direct contrast to several of the plant’s cannabinoids. Studies into CBD and THC combined have found that the appetite stimulant properties of the latter fall when in the presence of the former.
Harlequin is sativa-dominant, but the 5:2 CBD to THC ratio significantly limits the psychoactive effects of this strain. The primary sensation of Harlequin is a calming one, with a mood boost to help you through a long day at work. Harlequin and similar strains are also quite sedative.
4) Doug’s Varin
Doug’s Varin is another strain with hefty levels of the super-psychoactive cannabinoid THCV. However, Doug’s Varin totally eclipses Black Beauty in the potency department, with an incredible 15 percent THCV to go with an eye-watering 19 percent THC. The psychoactivity in Doug’s Varin is so high that it’s recommended to have some high-CBD cannabis or edibles on hand to bring yourself to reality if your trip gets too intense. Other high-THCV strains include Durban Poison and Jack Herer.
Doug’s Varin users report feeling a cerebral boost and increased alertness, in contrast to the indica-dominant kush strains that seem most popular in marijuana dispensaries. If you happen across Doug’s Varin, do consider checking this strain out, just make sure you take the necessary precautions. And despite the high concentrations of THCV, there’s still a possibility of the munchies.
Cannatonic is another CBD-dominant strain and is a pillar in the medical cannabis community. CBD levels top out at around 15 percent in Cannatonic, with THC checking in at a maximum of 6 percent. This bud has a citrusy aroma and uplifting properties.
With 6 percent THC, it’s possible that Cannatonic will produce a minor psychoactive trip, but not enough to be significantly distracting. Many users find that it makes them more alert and focused, and in a better state of mind for socializing. Cannatonic is an ideal party strain to chill out with, if you don’t want to have yet another night on headache-inducing alcohol.