You might think that those hunger pangs you get while smoking the ganj are caused by the powerful psychic allure of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, but scientists at Yale University School of Medicine have found that there's a much more traceable, chemical explanation: marijuana fools your neurons into thinking you're hungry, even when you've literally just had food. So break open that second bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos!
The team of researchers, led by Tamas Horvath, tested cannabinoids (a chemical compound of marijuana) on lab mice who had just eaten, and found that the neurons that had originally indicated that the rodents were full did a complete 180 and began signaling to the rest of the brain cells that feeding was not only necessary, but imperative. This finding could lend even more credence to the prescription of medical marijuana for cancer patients who have lost their appetites.
While they've only been able to conduct their research on mice so far, Horvath believes that the findings apply to humans, as well. No word yet on whether powdery red fingerprints were found on the original lab results.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wonders why this study didn't happen in Washington or Colorado. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.