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Effects of THC-O on Appetite

THC-O is known for its reported euphoric effects and the promotion of feelings of relaxation and focus, but consumers have also reported multiple benefits like stress and anxiety relief and appetite stimulation.

THC-O is made from hemp-derived cannabinoids that mirror many of the reported benefits of THC (Delta 9). Delta 9 THC is known for its positive effect on appetite, and because THC-O reacts with the body very similarly to Delta 9 THC, it is also reported to enhance consumers’ appetite and sense of taste and smell.

Effect on Taste and Smell

According to findings, the desire to consume food after the consumption of THC-O can be attributed to how the compound interacts with the olfactory bulb in the brain. The olfactory bulb transmits smell information from the nose to the brain, THC-O then magnifies the sense of smell, and as a result, the user’s appetite is stimulated. Scent and taste are so closely related that THC-O also intensifies the taste of flavors, which increases the amount of pleasure experienced while eating.

Typically, when we consume sugary foods, dopamine is released. This is what leads to many of us having cravings for sweet treats or “junk food”, especially when we are upset or under stress. When THC-O is present in the body, there is a significant increase in the level of dopamine released when consuming these types of food. Because of this, consumers of THC-O typically report reaching for tastier, more sugary snacks.

Benefits of Appetite Stimulation

There are major benefits of appetite stimulation for individuals who suffer from eating disorders or are undergoing treatments that can cause loss of appetite. An eating disorder is a condition that links negative thoughts and actions to food and the act of eating.

Because THC-O is said to increase appetite and help us perceive smell and taste in a positive and appealing way, it may be a beneficial supplement to individuals suffering from eating disorders. Due to its reported antiemetic (anti-nausea) properties, THC-O may also provide support to patients who are going through intense medical treatments that result in a severe loss of appetite, nausea, and even vomiting.

If you want to get creative, pairing THC-O with a new recipe or your favorite takeout meal could be a very pleasurable experience. Even scheduling your “cheat day” around your THC-O consumption could be a fun and pleasant experience. 

When we eat sweet foods, we target the area of the brain called the mesolimbic dopamine system. This is also known as the brain’s reward system because it activates neurons that make us feel happy and we then want to repeat this action.

Pairing your favorite meals with THC-O can potentially increase feelings of pleasure and enhance your flavor experience. If you’re a foodie and enjoy being in the kitchen or tasting new foods, then THC-O may be your secret ingredient!

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