Posted on May 07 2018
By Karly Ziegler
It is commonly accepted knowledge that Cannabis causes an increased appetite. You medicate and relax and then a few minutes later, you're starting to think about what snack is hiding in your cupboard, what lies on the shelves at your local convenience store, which one of your friends is the best cook. We have all been there! But what exactly is it that drives our hunger when we ingest cannabis? Well, let me see if I can break it down for you:
The human body has an endocannabinoid system – receptors in the brain and throughout the body that bond with cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are compounds that the human body produces naturally that bind with appropriate receptors. Cannabis, of course, is loaded with cannabinoids! Your body can’t tell the difference between cannabinoids it produces, and those ingested from a cannabis plant.
So, your brain has certain receptors that handle mood, appetite, memory, etc. The CB1 receptor in particular is believed to control appetite. It activates after cannabis consumption due to the cannabinoids within the plant itself that attach to the CB1 receptors. These receptors then tell neurons called pro-opiomelanocortin, or POMC, which normally produce hunger-suppressing hormones, to do the opposite. Essentially, that voice that usually tells you "you're full, you don’t need any food" instead yells "EAT ALL THE THINGS!"
So, now that we know that our munchies are a legitimate side effect (or the effect you're going for to medicate), let's see which snacks and foods are satisfying stoners everywhere! We ran a survey and have processed the results.
Question 1: Your sweet-tooth is screaming after you hit the bowl, what do you reach for?
Options: Nutella, Cosmic Brownies, Oreos, Rice Krispies, Pop-Tarts, Cookie Dough.
Winner: Rice Krispies
Rice Krispies and cannabis sort of go hand in hand, so I wasn’t particularly surprised to see this sweet snack take first place! Classic Kellogg's cereal treats are always a good, quick choice, but if you want some amazing homemade ones follow this recipe from Cookies and Cups! They call for DOUBLE the usual marshmallow!!
Question 2: You just finished smoking a blunt with your buddies, and you need some salty snacks STAT..... what do you suggest?
Options: Bugles, Goldfish, Cheese Doodles, Doritos, Munchies, Beef Jerky
Doritos won by an absolute landslide, I laughed. Cheesy, crispy, tantalizing, this chip bridges the snack gap between generations. No matter what era you medicate in, Doritos have been the stoner's choice for decades. Proud to see it hold up here too, although I'm sure our childhood snack, Bugles, isn’t too happy about it!
Question 3: Snacks from the bag are not cutting it for you and your homies. Your Bro offers to make you all something - what are you feeling?
Options: Cinnamon Rolls, Ramen, Pizza Rolls, Tots/Fries, Grilled Cheese, Nachos
Had a close one here between Pizza Rolls and Nachos, both delicious options. But with nachos you get like, 4 foods in one! Chips - Good, Cheese- Good, Meat- Good, The Fixins-Good! ALL GOOD STUFF! ALL HAIL THE NACHO!
Want to make your own? Follow this awesome recipe from Love From the Oven!
RECIPE LINK: https://www.lovefromtheoven.com/easy-nachos/
Question 4: No one feels confident turning on the oven or using the microwave, what can they grab you from the fridge or freezer?
Options: Ice Cream, Popsicles, Yogurt, Fruit, Smoothies
Winner: Ice Cream
Not a single person voted for popsicles, yogurt or smoothies. A few chose fruit, so there are some health-conscious smokers out there! But, I think we all know that given these choices, we would all reach for that sweet, sweet, ice cream! We cannabis participants are keeping right up with the national vote of ice cream for dessert. Americans alone consume about 1.58 BILLION gallons of ice cream per year! Want to make your own quick sweet treat, try this easy recipe from Food Hacks, no ice cream machine required!
Question 5: There is no food in the house worthy of your smoke session, you’re going to have to brave the public! Where are you headed?
Options: 7-11, McDonalds, Chick-fil-a, Qdoba, Dave and Busters, Wawa
Winner: (tied) Chick-fil-a and Wawa
Well, our first tie, and I have to say I would be just as stuck! Sweet chicken sammies with heavenly dipping sauce and the waffliest fries on earth... or.... the world of snacks at your fingertips. A dilemma for the ages!
Question 6: Your personal favorite go-to snack on 4/20?
I had to give my respondents a chance to enter their own favorite foods and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.
The majority answered with their favorite kind of chips, what brand of ice cream they like best, or that one recipe that only mom can get right. A good number of them choose candy and gummies after a medicated session, as well as chocolate anything! One or two of them choose Taco Bell and other fast food places. But, the snack preference that one person wrote, takes the cake for me. When asked what their favorite personal "snack go to" is after medicating they answered "More Weed!"
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