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How to Add Medical Marijuana to Your Diet Plan

  • If you’re considering applying for access to medical cannabis in Louisiana, you might have concerns about how marijuana will impact your overall nutritional goals.
  • The reality is that the munchies aren’t a given for medical cannabis users. While it might take some experimentation, you can find a strain or product that won’t stimulate your appetite.
  • Tackling dietary goals with medical cannabis is all about medically supervised planning and intentional use—we’ll break down how to make, implement, and adjust a diet plan with cannabis below.

Cannabis can enhance your nutrition plan and help you meet your dietary goals—but you may be hesitant to believe that if you’ve only experienced negative media portrayals of cannabis.

Contrary to popular belief, not all strains of cannabis cause “the munchies.” While many varieties do stimulate appetite, this doesn’t mean that “munchier” strains can’t be leveraged for dietary support, either.

But what does this actually mean for people seeking medical cannabis in Louisiana and beyond? How can you add medical marijuana to your diet plan in a way that works for you?

That’s the topic of this guide. Below, we’re breaking down how to incorporate cannabis into a healthy nutritional plan step-by-step.

Step 1: Consider Your Goals

Believe it or not, medical cannabis is a good match for people with a wide variety of dietary goals, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Weight maintenance
  • Meeting nutritional needs
  • Repairing relationships with food
  • Adhering to a restrictive diet

Before you make a plan or seek advice from a healthcare provider, think about your goals. What do you really want to accomplish with your diet?

The following guiding questions can help you get a feel for your practical goals:

  • How do I want my body to respond to my diet? Do I want more energy? Do I want my body to look a certain way?
  • Which foods do I want to incorporate more as I pursue my goals? Do I like these foods, or am I still warming up to them?
  • Which foods do I want to avoid in my diet? Do I have negative associations with any specific foods? Why?
  • What kinds of dietary changes can my budget reasonably accommodate?
  • How have my socialization, media exposure, and preconceived notions influenced my goals and my relationship with food in general?

By creating a fearless inventory of your thoughts, assumptions, and goals, you can start to refine your ideal benchmarks.

Step 2: Meet with a Cannabis-Informed Healthcare Provider

Once you have an idea of what you want your diet to do for you, consider meeting with a cannabis-informed healthcare expert—ideally, the same provider who recommended medical cannabis treatment in the first place.

If you don’t have a cannabis provider yet (or you’re still looking for a recommendation), you’re in luck. It’s easier than ever to access medical cannabis, especially with help from services like TeleLeaf. We connect patients with empathetic, open-minded, and licensed clinicians with their fingers on the pulse of cannabis research. These providers can offer a recommendation for medical marijuana and help you curate your treatment plan to meet your goals.

During your appointment, discuss your specific dietary goals. Your provider can direct you to cannabis products and dosing techniques that are compatible with your individual needs.

Step 3: Make a Plan

With your goals in mind and help from your provider, it’s time to build and execute a plan. Let’s explore what different cannabis nutrition plans can look like.

Weight Gain

Whether you’re recovering from an eating disorder, trying to build muscle, or looking to maintain body mass during a major medical treatment (like chemotherapy), cannabis can help. In these cases, you can use the munchies to your advantage. How?

  • Time your dosing precisely – By honing in on the perfect dosing time, you can ensure appetite stimulation effects kick in right before meals. This is especially important for people trying to maintain social normalcy during weight gain—your friends and family likely maintain relatively structured meals, and you can too.
  • Keep nutrient-dense foods at home – Whether you can only tolerate pizza and ice cream right now or you’re trying to boost your healthy protein intake, keep foods in the house that will help you meet your goals. When the munchies kick in, you’ll want your favorites on hand.

Your medical cannabis provider and your budtender (the pro-working behind the counter at your local dispensary or pharmacy) can help you choose munchies-friendly strains and products.

Weight Loss

If you’re looking to lose weight, you have two options when it comes to cannabis treatment:

  • Keep munchies to a minimum – Not all strains of cannabis cause the munchies, and you might choose to steer clear of strains that do. This will require some experimenting; until you find your perfect strain, keep healthy snacks on hand just in case you end up stimulating your appetite.
  • Leverage the munchies for healthy eating – You also don’t have to avoid the munchies if you’re trying to lose weight. Instead, take advantage of the munchies to introduce healthier foods—crisp, flavorful salads and fruit popsicles are two great options.

Weight Maintenance

To maintain your current weight, you’ll likely need to take a more hands-on approach.

That might include:

  • Keeping a log – To keep to a structured calorie count or meal plan, write down your plan and record your progress to see how your body responds.
  • Tweaking your plan as you go – If you’re losing or gaining weight and you don’t want to, assess your food log—make changes that make sense for you whenever they’re needed.
  • Using more than one cannabis product – Your path might take smaller detours month-to-month. If you’re trying to make up for the weight you lost last month, you might choose to incorporate an appetite-stimulating strain in the short term. If you’re trying to get back to stasis by cutting a few pounds, consider switching to a munchie-free strain for a few weeks.

Nutrient-Specific Support

Medical cannabis (depending on the strain) can also help you:

  • Repair specific nutrient deficiencies – If you’re trying to get more protein, increase your vitamin C intake, or treat an iron deficiency, you can use an appetite-inducing strain and keep compatible foods on hand to encourage targeted nutrient intake.
  • Avoid certain foods as part of a restrictive diet – For patients trying to suss out a food sensitivity with an elimination diet (like Whole30, for instance) or adjust to a diet free of trigger foods, either avoiding the munchies or leveraging them could work. Keeping cravings to a minimum could decrease your risk of falling off the wagon; however, inducing the munchies could also make you more enthusiastic about eating trigger food replacements or following a strict meal plan.

In short, finding your footing with medical cannabis requires experimentation. It will take time to refine both your cannabis routine and your diet patterns to achieve your desired goals, but your health is worth the effort and investment.

Step 4: Adjust as Needed

What does that experimentation process look like?

Here are a few tips for adjusting your cannabis treatment or your diet over time to maintain a laser focus on your goals:

  • Document everything – As you try new cannabis products, write down how they make you feel and how they impact your eating. This information will help you identify patterns, especially when it comes to finding your Goldilocks strain.
  • Lean on community knowledge – The cannabis community is a welcoming, friendly place. We can almost guarantee that there’s another patient out there trying to do the same thing you are with cannabis, whether you’re trying to cut weight or recover from malnutrition. Lean on the community for advice, tips, recipes, product recommendations, and moral support.
  • Reassess your goals themselves – Once you reach your goal weight or repair a nutrient deficiency, what’s next? Feel free to adjust your goals as often as needed. Our health needs change with time, and your cannabis treatment plan and nutrition approach should reflect that.

Start Your Medical Cannabis Journey with TeleLeaf

No matter your specific dietary goals, there’s a medical cannabis product out there that can support you. But first, you’ll need a medical marijuana card—your key to dispensary-grade, lab-tested, and legal cannabis products.

If you’re wondering, “Can I apply for a medical card online?” the answer is yes. With TeleLeaf, you can get a recommendation for medical cannabis right from your home via telehealth services.

We’re the best online medical marijuana card service on the market now; we can help you navigate both the regulatory roadblocks to cannabis and your treatment journey.

Ready to discover the potential of medical marijuana? Schedule an appointment with TeleLeaf today.


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