Study Uncovers Science Behind “The Munchies”

 – March 3, 2015  –– 

A study led by Yale researchers has uncovered a novel contribution of a subset of neurons in driving marijuana induced feeding, otherwise known as “the munchies.” Professor of psychiatry, neuroscience and pharmacology at Mount Sinai Hospital Yasmin Hurd, who was not involved in the study, praised its simplicity and apt use of model organisms. “I thought it was a beautiful, mechanistic study. You cannot achieve this kind of mechanistic understanding in humans, so I do think these animal models were quite appropriate for the questions they were asking,” she said, adding that studies of this quality are rare in the field of marijuana research.

- Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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