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Breaking news: Marijuana gives you the munchies

February 23, 2011 |  8:22 am

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Our neighbors to the north have concluded that marijuana makes you hungry and gives you the munchies. The study out of the University of Alberta found that small doses of marijuana's active ingredient, THC, boost the appetite of terminal cancer patients.

Now, there's nothing funny about cancer. But there is something funny about the need to study this, am I right?

Researcher Wendy Wismer gets the joke. There's plenty of anecdotal evidence concerning marijuana's effect on the desire for food, a.k.a. the munchies, she said. But she defended her pilot study as being the first to be conducted under rigorous, double-blind scientific controls.

In other Canadian research news, drinking alcohol can be good for you. You might even call it "healthy": Two studies from the University of Calgary have concluded that moderate alcohol consumption can cut the risk of death from heart disease and stroke by up to 25% compared with people who don't drink at all. Apparently, the alcohol helps increase levels of "good" cholesterol, which in turn helps reduce heart disease.

We're going to reserve judgment on all these studies -- we will leave that to our brainiac colleagues who run our Health section.

But we will leave you with this recipe for midnight chocolate brownie bites from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

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-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles TImes

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