OK, so it’s question time. How many of you would take an edible to curb your appetite (or the mid-day munchies)? Let’s see a show of hands.
From here I see zero hands (and yes, it’s totally because I’m alone in my house writing this). And, zero hands make sense. When we think of weed, we typically think of eating all the freaking chips and tiny chocolate donuts our stoner asses stored in our emergency snack kits for when we’re high as a kite. The munchies are real.
Well, that’s what I think about, anyway. Smoking weed makes me hungry. What can I say?
That said, it apparently doesn’t have to make you hungry. Turns out certain cannabinoids can suppreses your appetite.
Well, that’s the premise behind the new Cheeba Chews THCV Charged Chocolate Taffy, anyway.
These new edibles are pretty freaking unique, if you ask me. Unlike your typical edibles that come with 10 milligrams of THC, these bad boys contain 5 milligrams of THC, 5 milligrams of caffeine, and 2.5 milligrams of THCV — a cannabinoid that you don’t often find in your regular edibles.
The idea behind adding the caffeine and the THCV is that the edibles will give you a burst of energy, like a weed stimulant, so you can focus on what you need to do. Cheeba Chews even promotes them as a partner for your morning routine, which makes sense.
But what the heck is THCV, you ask? Well, I didn’t know either prior to trying out these edibles, so I had to Google it. Here’s what I learned.
So, as you may have gathered by the cannabinoids acronym, THCV is related to THC, but this cannabinoid acts a little differently than your everyday THC. According to the folks over at Leafly, here’s what makes it different:
– THCV is an appetite suppressant and may dull the appetite, which can help with weight loss.
– THCV may help also with diabetes because it shows promise when it comes to helping regulate blood sugar levels and reducing insulin resistance.
– THCV may reduce panic attacks in PTSD patients without suppressing emotion.
– THCV may help with Alzheimer’s, but research is in progress.
– THCV stimulates bone growth and is being looked at for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.
Pretty cool, right? Right.
But I wasn’t taking it for osteoporosis or diabetes. I was taking it to get stoned and see if these new Cheeba Chews could really curb the munchies. So only the first list entry above really matters in this equation.
As such, I popped two of these bad boys in my mouth as soon as I picked them up from Prohibition, where they’re new on the shelves. I opted for two because 5 milligrams ain’t gonna do nothin’ me at this point in my pothead life.
And, my first thought was that yes, it was clear that there was caffeine in these edibles. They taste like a caffeinated tootsie roll. Not bad, but not quite what I expected.
My second thought was that like many other Cheeba edibles, these had quite the weedy aftertaste. I’m not knocking it, but if you’re super adamant about your edibles not tasting like weed, these may not be the ones for you.
Once I washed them down, I waited.
And waited some more.
It took about half an hour for me to start feeling the effects of these edibles, but once I did, it was very apparent that they were kicking in — and not in the normal edible way, either. Rather than hitting me straight in the frontal lobe, the effects of these new Cheeba Chews were a soft glaze to my brain.
I initially felt a little glow, like a wash of energy running over my brain. I was waking up, despite it being about 9 p.m. on a Tuesday.
And, that wash of energy quickly became a tidal wave. I was awake, aware, and my brain was clear but also slightly high. Unusual? Yes. Rad? Of course!
I basically went from being a lazy bump on a log to being wide the hell awake. Interesting, right?
Even more interesting was that while I was high, I was indeed not very hungry! That is VERY unusual for me. I am the gotdang chip monster when I’m stoned.
From there, things were pretty status quo. Because I was awake I wanted to clean. So, that’s what I did. At like 10 p.m. on a weeknight I decided, screw it, I’m putting away the pile of laundry I’ve been avoiding for weeks on end. From there, I scrubbed the kitchen and organized a bunch of junk in my office that had been piling up, too.
Was it cool? Eh, not in the “I’m so stoned I can’t stop laughing at Nancy Grace’s demon face” kind of way.
But it was cool in the “Hell yeah, look at me adulting like a boss” kind of way. So, you know. Perspective.
I will tell you, though, that while I was not initially starving, that feeling did not last. I’m going to be unbiased here and say that I cleaned for hours, so it could have been that I just naturally worked up an appetite, or it could have been that the edibles wore off and THEN I was hungry, but at some point, I got into the cupcakes.
And I got into them real bad.
Like, I probably ate six cupcakes in one sitting … and the freaking leftover red velvet cake I had stowed in the fridge.
But, like I said, I can’t entirely blame that on the edibles. The weed may have made me hungry, but it also could have been the sweat equity I was putting into doing WORK, son. Or it could have been the fact that the edibles wore off and I was just hungry. I do not know for sure.
What I do know is that I will be giving these bad boys another try — and next time I will do so earlier in the day. I’m not an edibles person overall, but if these Cheeba Chews can help me focus, push me into cleaning, and keep the munchies away for a while, I’m in. Even if they taste like coffee and weed.
So, if you’re looking for an edible that won’t entice you to pack on the pounds, or an edible that may help you snap to attention when you need to, I’d check these out. I’m not an expert on THCV, but if half of the research on this cannabinoid is correct, it’s an interesting one — and as such, these edibles could come in handy for so many reasons.