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Best Foods for the Munchies

February 21, 2020 4 min read

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You’re hanging out, taking bong rips with your friends, and suddenly you feel the munchies coming on. We’ve all been there. After scouring the fridge and cabinets and finding nothing of interest, most of us smokers have wondered what is the best food to eat when stoned. This guide breaks down some easy options, fast food heavy hitters, and even a munchies grocery list for those who want to be prepared in advance or stock up for an upcoming party.

Why do you get hungry when you’re high

One of the most well-known side effects of smoking weed is experiencing a sudden, persistent urge to stuff your face. This unsatisfiable appetite is frequently made fun of in movies and is a cause of worry for pot smokers trying to stay fit and healthy. What you’re feeling is not just in your head.

Research has shown that THC, the chemical compound in marijuana that makes you feel high, interacts with certain areas in the brain associated with taste and smell. This is why nearly everything tastes amazing when you’re baked. THC also triggers a hormone in the stomach called ghrelin, which regulates appetite. Although these are normal bodily processes, smoking weed intensifies and sharpens these effects. THC literally makes our brain think that our body is starving, triggering an increase in appetite. CBD on the other hand does not cause the munchies and may actually even inhibit some of the effects of THC so you don’t eat as much. If you’re not looking to get high or struggle with the munchies but you still want to enjoy the health benefits of cannabis, CBD is the way to go.

What to eat when stoned

You’re probably very familiar with the stereotypical stoner food like pizza, nachos, and cookies. Here are a few snack ideas to help satisfy your cravings. You may actually already have some of these at home!

  • Pizza
  • Tacos
  • Loaded fries
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Cheese sticks
  • Chicken wings
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Ice Cream
  • Oreos
  • Rice Krispies
  • M&M’s

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Fast food options

Greasy junk food at a decent price and you don’t even have to leave the car? What more could a hungry stoner want? Some fast food establishments even market specifically to those who blaze (remember that Taco Bell late night munchies commercial?). The best part is that most fast food restaurants offer delivery so you don’t even need to leave the couch! Well, maybe just to open the front door. Every smoker has their go to fast food restaurant for when the munchies hit, but we thought we’d give you a few more choices in case you ever want a change from the normal routine.

  • Jack in the Box - The extra hungry can get a late night Munchie Meal (yup, they named it after the munchies) which comes with a sandwich of your choice, fries, two tacos, and a drink, but the real OG are the $1 crunchy tacos which now come in a mini size, yay!
  • In N Out - Stoners on the West Coast can chow down on animal style fries covered in secret sauce, 4x4 cheeseburgers, and decadent shakes until 1 in the morning!
  • Jollibee - If you didn’t know, this Filipino fast food restaurant has some of the best fried chicken (and gravy) around. They serve delicious halo halo for desert and spaghetti topped with a sweeter than average tomato sauce.
  • White Castle - Order up some of these iconic sliders by the crate and relive your Harold and Kumar fantasies.
  • Taco Bell - This budget chain has been a stoner favorite since day one. You can’t go wrong with a crunchwrap supreme, Doritos locos tacos, $5 boxes, or virtually anything on the value menu.
  • Little Caesars - It definitely won’t be the best pizza you’ll ever eat, but Little Caesars is super affordable plus they just started offering delivery.

Thanks to delivery services like UberEats, Postmates, and Grubhub, it’s possible to get any type of cuisine with just a few clicks. If you’re too blazed to leave the house, much less drive, try one of the many delivery services so you can get pad see ew from that hole in the wall Thai place that you love.

Munchies grocery list

Some of us would rather not have to deal with leaving the house or placing a delivery when we’re high. Adding a few items to your usual grocery list is an easy way to always have a curated selection of snacks at home that are waiting for you when the munchies strike. There will be no need to walk over to the corner shop or hit the drive through when you’ve got your fridge and cabinets stocked with all the munchie favorites.

  • Hot pockets
  • Bagel Bites or Pizza Rolls
  • Frozen taquitos
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Frozen White Castle sliders
  • Chips
  • Cheez-Its
  • Nutella
  • Ramen
  • Mac and cheese
  • Lunchables


Healthy-ish options

Though most smokers prefer to reach for sweets and junk food, there’s no reason to shy away from healthier alternatives. Here are just a few healthy snacks for munchies you can add to the grocery list too:

  • Air popped popcorn
  • Low calorie ice cream like Halo Top
  • Pretzels
  • Dark chocolate that is 70% or higher
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
  • Apples dipped in nutella or peanut butter
  • Nutella on toast
  • Cereal
  • Grapes
  • Trail mix or nuts
  • Gummies
  • Baked chips like Pop Chips

What is your all time favorite food for the munchies? Let us know in the comments.

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