Cheyenne Dorsagno, Copy Editor
People say that being high can help those under the influence tap into their senses; particularly, into taste. Getting the munchies is perhaps the best known side effect of smoking marijuana.
Some stoners think eating is pertinent to the experience. So much so, they eat until they pass out, or they pass out once they’ve run out of food to eat. Any seasoned smoker prepares their snacks ahead of time and has to consider a few crucial points.
Firstly, when one has the munchies, there are more than just the five basic tastes of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami (savory). When picking out snacks for the night, variety is crucial, and you have to fulfill the following flavor sensations: fruity, chocolatey, nutty, cheesy, and spicy. There are plenty of other signature sapors to tantalize the taste, buds but these are the basics.
Furthermore, one may want to appeal to different textures, such as creamy, chewy, and crunchy.
For those without self-control or a will to go on after the last crumb has been consumed, consider getting something that can be eaten in little pieces, like M&Ms. This can help people eat longer, take a break from totally stuffing their face, and avoid the painful fullness of a food baby. Even better, pick up some gum or lollipops. With these small treats, one’s taste buds can remain engaged and distracted. Friends can even turn this into a short activity, such as a guessing game, by blindly tasting strangely flavored candies.
Often times, one wakes up from a night of hazy feasting feeling like crap. Most people, especially under the influence, will go against their better judgement and reach for tempting, decadent treats. Think about switching milk chocolate for dark, as it has less sugar and more antioxidants. Drizzle olive oil or another healthy fat over your popcorn in lieu of butter. Pick a favorite nut — almonds, peanuts, cashews. Also, remember that herbs, spices, mustards, and hot sauces are a guilt-free way to add some pizzazz to any snack.
Most of all, one cannot go wrong with fresh fruit. Especially consider a ripe mango, as they have been shown to increase, strengthen, and lengthen a marijuana high. The myrcene terpenes in mangoes interact with THC to help it cross the blood-brain barrier faster and more efficiently.
Lastly, no one wants to shell out a wad of cash for something that’s going to turn into poop. Remember to always be a responsible stoner. Don’t just match with friends for weed; split up the snack expenses too! For those really trying to watch their wallet, start frequenting corner stores for the cheap munchies and wraps (gas stations are an overpriced joke). In light of all of this, take a look at some of the most epic stoner foods:
(1) Munchies, an assorted chip mix with a name that could not be more fitting. The spicy blend is the best, but it’s hard to come by; it includes Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Rold Gold pretzels, Picante Sunchips, and Salsa Doritos. This kind of variety never gets old.
(2) Strawberries and bananas smothered in crunchy peanut butter. If that’s a little too pricey, chewy and juicy Starbursts are a winner, especially the super-fruit or fave red packs.
(3) Dark chocolate covered nuts or raisins. Or, for that matter, nibble on any kind of seasoned nuts: cocoa, chipotle, smoked, sea salt and vinegar, etc. Often, two Planters packs can be bought for a dollar.
Whatever your preference, bake out and pig out! Load a fat one and be a fat one! Get right and bite! Chief and beef! Toke and choke! Actually, don’t do that.