You’re wanting to enjoy a mellow unwind with some cannabis after work one night….
But you can’t stand the fact that your high is constantly being tainted by physical discomfort from eating past fullness.
You swear this time will finally be the night that you DONT eat out of control when high.
But as soon as the cannabis kicks in, you’re hit with the munchies and find yourself unable to stop thinking about all the dreamy snack combinations in the kitchen.
You go to make yourself a snack, hopeful that you’ll be able to eat a comfortable amount and then stop this time…
But once you have the savory snack you HAVE to go for sweet…
Then back to savory…
Then back to sweet…
And so it goes until next thing you know your stomach feels funky from a mix of lots of different foods.
You wish there was a way to enjoy the experience of using cannabis without the unwanted side effects of eating out of control.
The first step to stop feeling out of control around food when high is understanding the root cause of why you’re binge eating in the first place.
It’s a common misconception that binging while high happens because of the cannabis. However, there are plenty of people who don’t binge when high, so we know that the cannabis in and of itself can’t be the cause.
The truth is, binging while high has much more to do with conscious or unconscious disordered eating habits.
Below are four of the most common reasons that could explain why you’re feeling out of control around food when smoking weed or consuming edibles:
#1 Using the High as a Permission Slip to Eat your Favorite Foods
When we think about “munchies,” most of the foods that typically come to mind are energy-dense foods– aka the foods that diet culture considers “junk.”
If you’re someone who has been influenced by diet culture, it’s likely that you feel guilty allowing yourself unconditional permission to enjoy your favorite foods. As a result, you might feel like you need an excuse to justify eating your favorite foods. Whether or not you are conscious of doing so, you might be using cannabis as a “permission slip” to eat everything you’ve been wanting to eat when sober. When you only allow yourself to eat certain foods when high, your brain registers those foods as scarce. Scarcity triggers a “last supper mentality”– a phenomenon where you feel the need to gorge yourself on the foods you had been restricting before you lose your chance.
To address this problem, you might consider intentionally incorporating your munchie foods when sober.
#2 “Saving Up” Eating for when High
If you tend to binge when high, you might find yourself “saving up” calories throughout the day to compensate. Perhaps you’re inclined to save eating for when you’re high due to the heightened pleasure sensations. Saving up eating for when high can cause you to enter the cannabis experience very hungry, triggering the body’s primal compensatory response to eat past fullness.
Try entering into the cannabis experience adequately nourished to avoid the pendulum swing from extreme hunger to extreme fullness.
#3 Out of Touch with your Body’s Cues in this State
Another reason why you might binge while high can be related to feeling out of touch with your body’s cues. If you have been working to heal your relationship with food, you may find that you are finally getting the hang of understanding your internal signals when sober. However, understanding your body’s cues when under the influence of cannabis is a different ballgame. It’s not uncommon to experience ease with honoring body cues in a sober state while finding it difficult to know when to stop in a high state.
Going into the cannabis experience with the expectation that your cues might be altered is an important step to prevent binge eating. Remember to practice self-compassion if you find yourself out of touch with your body’s cues– you’re in the process of learning!
#4 Attempting to Fill the Void of an Unmet Need
When we’re no longer hungry but we feel compelled to keep eating, it’s often the case that we’re attempting to get another need met. Additionally, some people might experience heightened emotions when under the influence of cannabis.
In reality, no amount of food will meet the emotional need, which is why we can end up binging. Instead of turning to food to fill the void, begin by asking yourself, “what do I really need at this moment?” Perhaps it’s a desire for connection, intellectual stimulation, relaxation, or creativity.
By identifying your underlying emotions, you can work to address the root of your needs instead of turning to food to fill the void.
The first step to stop feeling out of control around food while high is understanding what’s driving your binging in the first place. Take a moment to consider which (if any) of the above reasons resonate with you.
You deserve to have cannabis in your life if you choose to – without feeling the unwanted side effects of binge eating.
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Last modified: December 6, 2023