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7 Things You Can Do To Prevent The Munchies

The munchies are often challenging to manage. Here are some tips that can help you get a grasp on them.

The munchies are perhaps the most ubiquitous side effect of smoking weed. While many variables go into the munchies (setting, place, mood), snacking afterward a smoke sesh is often  unavoidable, and one of the main reasons why getting high is so enjoyable. (There is a reason food tastes better when you’re high.) Still, the urge can be problematic, especially if you smoke weed regularly or you find yourself sitting next to some misplaced Doritos. Is it possible to beat the munchies?

While you can never know for sure, there are a myriad of tricks that can allow you to have more control over your munchie urges. Here are 7 of them.

Smoke before meals

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One trick that might work is to smoke before a meal, aligning your natural hunger with your munchies. Smoking while you’re cooking or right before eating out will help you be more in tune with your hunger and will make your experience more enjoyable. One potential side effect would be to eat a lot of food simply because you’re in a weed-induced haze, so it’s important to manage how much you smoke.

Eat before you smoke

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Conversely, depending on the person, the opposite might also be true. If you’re full before you smoke, you might be able to approach the munchies with a more rational point of view, at times even preventing them from appearing. Again, there’s plenty of room here to backfire, resulting in you eating before you smoke and then eating because of the munchies, so, watch your dosage.

Go cold turkey

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Some people believe a cold turkey approach is the best solution. By not allowing yourself to indulge, your mind will move on to the next best thing within minutes. It’s in the nature of the high experience.

Drink water

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Staying hydrated is a good call, especially when you’re feeling high and like you want to eat something caloric. Aside from giving your body something to do, you’ll also prevent cotton mouth and keep your body hydrated when smoking, something that is very necessary and easy to forget.

Stock up on healthy snacks

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Another smart thing to do when the munchies hit would be to make sure there are healthy snacks in your home. This way, when the munchies hit, you can feed yourself something healthy and enjoyable. Make sure to purchase stuff you like and approach your munchies with consciously. While they might feel out of your control, by having some patience and fortitude, the urge to eat will pass.

Do something engaging

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Keeping yourself distracted with something engaging might also help you fight the munchies. Go for a walk if you’re feeling particularly hungry or put on a very engaging movie that’ll help you stay distracted. Smoking outdoors is also a good option, providing you with plenty of stimuli that will make your stomach feel less important.

Apply the 10-minute rule

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Munching can become compulsive; the habit reinforces itself every time you fall for it. Giving your body 10 minutes to calm down and to understand what’s going on underneath might help you get things straight, all while controlling your high. Set a timer for 10 minutes and question the nature of the munchies, whether you’re hungry or not, and if whatever it is you’re craving is truly worth the hassle. By the time your alarm rings you’ll be more clear-headed and better equipped to make decisions.

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