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12 Best Strains for Appetite

  • While the munchies are often portrayed in a negative light, the appetite-boosting properties of some marijuana strains are incredibly useful for patients struggling with nausea, nutrient deficiencies, and weight management.
  • The guide below outlines twelve patient favorites that maximize the munchies. Some highlights include Skywalker OG, Blue Dream, Lemon Kush, and AC/DC.
  • To optimize your treatment, make sure to keep foods at home that align with your goals, adjust your dose timing as needed, and track your progress over time.

Whether you’re recovering from an eating disorder, struggling to maintain your weight during cancer treatment, or want to improve your relationship with food in general, you can use “the munchies” to your advantage.

While it’s often the subject of less-than-complete media portrayals, marijuana-induced appetite stimulation isn’t a drawback or a bug—it’s a feature of cannabis that can help patients accomplish their nutritional goals. Not to mention, it’s completely avoidable; not all cannabis strains induce the munchies.

That’s the purpose of this guide: helping patients identify strains to try if they’re looking to boost their appetite during medical cannabis treatment. Whether you’re already using medical marijuana for anxiety or you’re a total newcomer to cannabis, this guide is the perfect springboard for your research into all-natural nutrition support.

Indica Strains

We’ve broken this guide into four major categories: the three main strain types (indica, sativa, and hybrid), plus a CBD-only section for patients looking to avoid THC’s psychoactive effects.

Let’s start with indica strains. Patients widely report that indicas make them feel drowsy, relaxed, and carefree. In addition, many indicas can stimulate appetite. For munchies-boosting indica strains, start with:

  • Skywalker OG – Sometimes called Skywalker OG Kush (in honor of its parent strains, Skywalker and OG Kush), this THC-forward indica strain offers a heady, sleepy high. But its appetite-boosting effects aren’t to be underestimated—try this strain if you’re looking to optimize your midnight snacks.
  • Cowboy KushCowboy Kush is certainly pungent, but its THC profile actually offers a relatively mellow high. With around 15% THC concentration, this is an excellent strain for people looking to induce their appetite without an overwhelming cerebral high. While it can be difficult to find in dispensaries, its producers are working hard to expand distribution.
  • Fruity PebblesFruity Pebbles is a legacy strain; it’s been making the rounds in dispensaries for a decade now, and growers have adopted the name to describe a wide variety of different strains. However, Fruity Pebbles formulas tend to be indica or indica-dominant hybrids with anywhere from 14 to 24% THC concentration. Patients report that it’s the perfect appetite booster and antidote to a high-stress day.

Sativa Strains

If you prefer a more stimulating cannabis experience—perhaps with a dose of extraversion and creativity—turn to sativa strains. While not every patient is stimulated by sativas, that’s the prevailing effect among patients.

Which sativas should you try if you’re looking to boost your appetite and get snacking?

  • Sour Diesel – The quintessential sativa and one of the most widely available strains in dispensaries nationwide, Sour Diesel has been a fan favorite for over a decade. Its high THC content packs a punch, and its wide-ranging effects (from energy-boosting properties to appetite stimulation) typically kick in even in small doses. If you’re new to cannabis, start low and slow with Sour Diesel.
  • Durban Poison – Another widely available sativa, Durban Poison is cultivated to include anywhere from 14-25% THC concentration. It’s renowned for its appetite stimulation—it’s a munchies machine. However, its focus and mood boosts can come at a price in very high doses. If you’re prone to anxiety, stick with low doses of Durban Poison (or opt for lower THC concentrations).
  • TimewarpTimewarp is a Canadian strain with a relatively low (but certainly not negligible) THC concentration. While it can be difficult to find, it touts appetite-boosting and nausea-relief properties. If you’re struggling to overcome nausea during cancer treatment, for instance, this is your perfect match.

Hybrid Strains

For most patients, indica strains are generally mellowing while sativa varieties are more stimulating. But what if you’re looking for the perfect balance of both in pursuit of the munchies? Let’s highlight a few well-loved hybrid strains:

  • Lemon Kush – An even split of indica and sativa genetic material, Lemon Kush truly offers something unique for every patient. While some report that the strain makes them focused and introspective, others report more drowsy effects—but nearly everyone that uses Lemon Kush gets the munchies. Since it can have a high THC content (topping out at about 21%), start with low doses if you’re new to cannabis.
  • Purple Haze – As a minorly sativa-forward hybrid (with a 60/40 split of sativa and indica genetics), Purple Haze is an exceptional introduction to cannabis, THC, sativas, and the munchies. Since its THC content doesn’t get much higher than 17%, it’s the perfect starting strain for anyone looking to boost their appetite or reduce nausea.
  • California Orange – A California Orange high is, in a word, euphoric. As a 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, it offers the best of both categories: a relaxing yet bright-eyed mood booster that’s perfect for feeling snacky. In low doses, it can even promote focus. Perfect for both newcomers and long-time patients alike, California Orange is downright pleasant.

CBD-Forward Strains

All of the strains above feature enough THC content to induce a high. However, if you’re looking to increase your appetite with cannabis without intoxication, you’re in luck: multiple CBD-dominant strains can induce the munchies.

A few well-known patient favorites include:

  • AC/DC – If you’re struggling with nausea, AC/DC is the game-changer you’re looking for. With just 4% THC (which won’t induce a high) and around 10% CBD, this hybrid CBD strain is perfect for people looking to alleviate nausea and enjoy meals. In addition, AC/DC is known for boosting creativity. So, if you’ve been feeling uninspired in the kitchen lately, a dose of this nausea-fighting strain could help you concoct your new favorite dish.
  • CannatonicCannatonic is yet another 50/50 hybrid with a negligibly low THC concentration—and it offers a remedy for nausea, an appetite boost, and a bout of relaxation. As you might be able to guess from the name, Cannatonic can induce drowsiness in some patients (but not all). For a CBD-forward munchies session, turn to Cannatonic.
  • Charlotte’s Web – A landslide of positive media attention brought Charlotte’s Web into the limelight after it was specifically bred as a seizure treatment. It’s relatively low in both major cannabinoids, featuring only 1% THC and 6% CBD. Between its appetite stimulation properties and anxiety-quelling effects, this is an exceptional starting strain for complete newcomers to cannabis—or anyone on the fence about trying medical marijuana.

Making the Most of the Munchies: Tips and Tricks

In addition to finding the perfect strain for your needs, you’ll need to embrace a few other tactics to truly maximize your munchies experience. Here are a few tips from the pros:

  • Keep compatible foods at home – Patients use the munchies to accomplish a wide variety of nutritional goals, from adjusting to a new diet to gaining weight. The foods you keep at home should match up with your overall goals with cannabis. If you’re trying to increase your nutrient intake, stock up on fruits and veggies. For maximum calorie intake, turn to denser foods like oven french fries and pasta dishes. If you’re trying to keep your calorie count low without sacrificing nutrition, consider crisp salads, frozen fruit, and other nutrient-packed, munchies-friendly foods.
  • Nail the timing – If you’re trying to overcome nausea or appetite suppression and maintain normalcy at home, timing your dose to kick in right before meal times can help you accomplish this goal. However, it can be a little trickier than it sounds; you might have to experiment to get the timing right consistently.
  • Track your progress – When you start medical cannabis treatment, consider keeping a journal to detail your journey. Writing down your strain choice, dose, chosen foods, and your body’s responses can help you track your behaviors, preferences, and (most importantly) progress.

TeleLeaf: Your Connection to Compassionate Cannabis Care

While it’s not always depicted in a positive light, the munchies are a highly sought-after effect of medical cannabis—but you’ll only experience it in select strains, like the ones listed above.

Before you head to the dispensary or pharmacy, make sure you have a recommendation from a cannabis clinician. This is where TeleLeaf comes in.

TeleLeaf works hard to connect patients with empathetic, cannabis-informed, and licensed providers who can support positive health outcomes long-term. As the best online medical marijuana card service in the country, we’re confident that our process yields results: just ask our patients.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into all-natural, plant-based cannabis treatment, schedule a visit with our providers now.


Sources:

Healthline. Sativa vs. Indica: What to Expect Across Cannabis Types and Strains.
https://www.healthline.com/health/sativa-vs-indica

WikiLeaf. Skywalker OG.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/skywalker-og/

WikiLeaf. Cowboy Kush.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/cowboy-kush/

WikiLeaf. Fruity Pebbles.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/fruity-pebbles/

WikiLeaf. Sour Diesel.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/sour-diesel/

WikiLeaf. Durban Poison.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/durban-poison/

WikiLeaf. Timewarp.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/timewarp/

WikILeaf. Lemon Kush.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/lemon-kush/

WikiLeaf. Purple Haze.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/purple-haze/

WikiLeaf. California Orange.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/california-orange/

WikiLeaf. ACDC.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/acdc/

WikiLeaf. Cannatonic.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/cannatonic/

WikiLeaf. Charlotte’s Web.
https://www.wikileaf.com/strain/charlottes-web/

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