So THAT’s why you get the munchies…

Chowing down. Image courtesy of Joel Telling under a creative commons license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Chowing down. Image courtesy of Joel Telling under a creative commons license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

While not the actual title or tag-line on a recent Nature Neuroscience paper, it is certainly a punchline that first comes to mind upon reading the title “The endocannabinoid system controls food intake via olfactory processes”. The endocannabinoid system responds to the active components in marijuana among other signaling molecules in the body including endocannabinoids made by the body. However, even if you’re not partaking of marijuana, this system is active in regulating how your body responds when it begins to get hungry.

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