Worms get munchies too

It is not just humans that get the munchies: worms also display the same craving for their favorite snacks after consuming cannabis, new research has found.

In the study, published in the journal Current Biology, researchers managed to simulate worms getting stoned by soaking them in cannabinoids.

It is not known whether the worms got high, but they did display a stronger preference for higher-calorie foods, just as humans crave junk food after taking cannabis. The finding suggests that cannabis can interfere with an important mechanism that helps regulate appetite, the study concluded.

Cannabinoids are known to act by binding to proteins in the brain, nervous system, and other parts of the body called cannabinoid receptors. If cannabinoids contain a chemical known as THC, it can induce feelings of relaxation and contentment.

Read more at theguardian.com


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