Everyone knows that when you smoke weed you get hungry; the munchies might just be weed’s most famous hallmark (after Seth Rogen’s career). Something happens between your body’s cannabinoid receptors and your desire for food, and that something is magic. But what would happen if you could reverse engineer your body’s receptors and block them to potentially keep you from getting hungry?
That would be terrible!
The good news: unlike a previous attempt at appetite suppression drug that blocked cannabinoid receptors in the brain, thereby resulting in “serious psychiatric side effects,” JD5037 only blocks the receptors in the body, but not in the brain.
There’s no data yet on whether this new weed weight-loss drug will also block you from getting high (presumably it’s kind of hard to tell if a mouse is baked) but our totally uneducated guess is yes—as go the munchies, so goes the buzz.
Seriously, though, it sounds like the drug could be promising for the obese whom scientists have found are immune to leptin, your body’s chemical appetite suppressant. Scientists found that JD5037 significantly “improved the health of mice” in their study.