According to a study by UTT BioPharma, they proclaim, “The ‘Munchies’, a term well associated with the insatiable desire to eat when under the influence of Cannabis, is caused by a various array of physiological events which lead to the stimulation of hunger.” This is due, as they suggest, with how the Delta-8 THC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The CB1 receptor (of the ECS) is to blame for the effect of cannabis causing hunger due to an “augmented sensory response to odor” and the tendency “to have a higher appreciation of food than usual”. When this occurs, a negative feedback loop occurs from the CB1 receptors as the sense of hunger and smell are closely intertwined, the CB1 recepter has been shown “it can be a key regulator in modulating appetite,” which is a reason why cannabis products can contribute to cravings of hunger.