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Scientists determine why smoking pot causes "the munchies"

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Researchers think they've figured out why smoking marijuana makes people hungry; they used mice in their study and published the results of their study in Nature Neuroscience.

The scientists working on the study say that the neurons in the brains of mice which typically shut down feelings of hunger were actually activated by marijuana; because those neurons were activated, it sends a false message that the person is hungry.

The researchers say they're looking in to ways to use this information to find a fix for overeating; they also suggest that this research could be helpful to cancer patients who typically lose appetite during treatments.

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