The short answer is yes. The munchies are the result of THC manipulating your neural pathways in several ways. And since THC is found in most edibles, the result is the same whether your smoking a joint, vaping, or mowing down Orange Creamsicle Chewies.
But while we’re on the subject, the science behind the munchies is interesting. Researchers at the University of Bordeaux recently studied the effects of THC on mice and determined that THC fits into the brain’s olfactory bulb, increasing the animal’s ability to smell, which causes them to want to eat more. (You can read more about this in the 2014 study published in Nature Neuroscience.) This mouse study expands upon previous research, which shows that THC increases the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, enhancing the pleasure derived from eating while stoned. Meanwhile, another study shows that THC triggers the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. The combined effects will give you an overwhelming urge to snarf your way to the bottom of a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. The upshot? Basically, ingesting marijuana makes eating more enjoyable. I don’t think we needed to tell you that.
But hey, true thinkers learn from their own experiences and conduct their own scientific experiments. So don’t let the experts tell you what’s what. And hey, KushMart isn’t bragging when we say that we have the best selection of marijuana edibles in Washington State — you’ll believe it when you check our menu. How about some Espresso Toffee Brownies from Magic Kitchen? Or maybe you’d prefer some Huckleberry Lemonade from Ray’s?
Of course, in order to compare the results of the two methods of ingestion, you’ll want to grab some buds for your bong. Just make sure you have some non-THC snacks on hand to satisfy your cravings when the inevitable munchies set in.