Science has finally delved into something useful: the munchies.

A study, published in Nature Neuroscience, injected mice with THC (so basically got them high) and studied the effects.

When a mouse got stoned, smell receptors in their brain went off, much like they do when someone skips a meal and are super hungry.

Skipping a meal makes your brain produce endocannibinoids, compounds similar to THC, which give you a heightened sense of smell, and thus, hunger, as smell is strongly linked to taste and eating. Weed is tricking your body into thinking it needs more food and energy.

In a nut shell: smoking weed makes your brain think you skipped a meal, triggering your smell receptors, making you hungry, and ready to get your munchies on.

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