The “munchies” have been associated with cannabis since the beginning of time and have become one of the most stereotypical “stoner” clichés. While the familiar ravenous appetite may bear the brunt of much cannabis-related humor, some might not realize the potent healing power behind this useful side effect. Having to force down food is a plight that millions of Americans can relate to, because there are nearly 160 medical conditions specifically linked to appetite loss besides anorexia nervosa. The struggle for healthy eating habits is real, and for help many are turning to cannabis.

In particular, indica-dominant strains high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC ) are known to get the tummy rumbling. And understanding which strains best suit your needs is half the battle. With literally thousands of hybrids on the market, it’s important to experiment with what works best with your body.

Battling depression, anxiety, cancer, anorexia, or even stress can take an immense toll on the body. Luckily for us, Mother Nature has provided a botanical cure. The five strains below will flip the hungry switch—don’t forget to have snacks on deck!

Girl Scout Cookies

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Aptly named for an appetite-boosting superstar, Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) will send you on a refrigerator raid in no time. This award-winning hybrid of OG Kush and Durban Poison has a delectable and grounded aroma that will leave you positively lifted! Relaxing the whole body and easing the mind, GSC has earned several Cannabis Cup trophies and helped thousands of people with pain, nausea, and severe appetite loss.

Zombie OG

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Half-brother to Girl Scout Cookies, Zombie OG, is known to leave consumers ravenous and ready for bed. A heavy indica blend, this strain will leave you chilling on the couch and partaking in some serious snack action. OG Kush and Blackberry had a baby, and the world was given a medicine perfect for the anxious insomniac ready to take a load off and enjoy some sustenance.

Black Diamond

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Increasing appetites and mesmerizing the world with its beautiful snowy trichomes and purple hues, Black Diamond is truly unique. Giggles are definitely part of this special cannabis experience, and snack attacks come with the territory. Pairing Black Diamond with a party snack turns the fun up a notch, and a healthy state of mind makes everything run a little smoother.

Mango Trainwreck

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Mango Trainwreck offers some serious healing powers: reducing nausea, decreasing pain, stimulating appetite, working as an anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant. It’s easy to see how life-changing this could be for someone with serious medical conditions. A 50/50 blend of indica and sativa, this bud is the best of both worlds. Starting off the day with a little Mango Trainwreck mood enhancement is an excellent way to switch up your perspective and whet your appetite for brunch. (Breakfast alone may not seem like enough!)

Bubba Kush

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Bubba Kush is a favorite among those wishing to relax, and its sweet flavor profile makes it the perfect after-dinner treat. Nothing makes a night in more satisfying than creating a scrumptious cannabis recipe in your MagicalButter machine to round out the day before a deep sleep. Aiding in digestion and easing tension, this particular strain is ideal for those struggling with healthy eating habits. A high THC content makes Bubba Kush an effective healing tool.

As more people begin to experience the healing nature of cannabis, a new generation of medicine is being born. For years the social stigma of the plant held people back. But, it’s a brand new day for those searching for a better way!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, maker of the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods. Firmly committed to needed legal reform, Angel was named to the exclusive CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need herbal therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.