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The Western Diet: Creates the "Munchies" in the Same Way as Marijuana

Marijuana (more specifically cannabis) has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments including those of the digestive system. Marijuana is technically a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a medicine or as a psychoactive drug. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three putative varieties, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The major psychoactive component of marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC, or just THC). Following the discovery of the bioactive compound in marijuana it was determined that THC worked by binding to specific plasma membrane proteins which were referred to as the cannabinoid receptors. The identification of endogenous receptors for THC suggested that there must be endogenous ligands. And this indeed was proven true with the isolation and characterization of endogenous cannabinoid receptor ligands. These naturally occurring ligands are termed the endocannabinoids. The two best s…

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