One of the many benefits of medical marijuana is that it stimulates appetite in many patients. Those battling cancer or HIV/AIDS often turn to cannabis to help with the wasting syndrome, cachexia, and nausea that often accompanies these ailments. The steady and unintentional weight and muscle loss associated with wasting syndrome and cachexia can often have significant negative health effects. Two synthetic THC-based drugs (dronabinol and nabilone) have been created specifically to address these conditions as studies show that THC binds to CB1 receptors, therefore stimulating appetite and promoting weight gain. More recent studies indicate that cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, could be effective in treating anorexia nervosa. Three strains that have great appetite-stimulating effects are Blackwater, GSC, and Gorilla Glue.
Blackwater is an award-winning indica cannabis strain. It placed 3rd in the 2014 Cannabis Cup for Best Indica. Blackwater is a cross between Mendo Purps and San Fernando Valley OG Kush. The THC content is typically around 17-18%. It smells strongly of grape and berry with hints of citrus and pine. The flavor is similar to the smell and tastes like a blend of berry, grape, and lemon with earthy undertones. Blackwater reportedly has mellowing effects that make users feel relaxed and hungry, making it a great choice for inducing appetite.
GSC, also known as Girl Scout Cookies, is a popular indica-dominant hybrid. Because it is so widely sought after, there are now several variations on the market, including Platinum GSC and Thin Mint. GSC is a winner of multiple Cannabis Cups. It is known for its high levels of THC, with some varieties having as much as 27%. It was created by crossing OG Kush and Durban Poison. Many medical cannabis patients choose GSC to alleviate symptoms like appetite loss and nausea. The flavor and aroma are a combination of sweet mint, cherry, and a bit of lemon.
Gorilla Glue, also commonly referred to as “GG4” or “Gorilla Glue #4”, is another popular and potent hybrid strain often chosen for its ability to stimulate appetite and relieve nausea. It is a cross between Chocolate Diesel, Chem’s Sister, Sour Diesel, and Sour Dubb. Many users report a heavy sensation of calm and relaxation from Gorilla Glue. It has average THC levels of 18-25%, but some dispensaries carry variations that reportedly contain as much as 32%. The taste and smell are sour, pungent, and earthy with a hint of pine.