A common side effect of consuming cannabis is the inevitable “munchies”. Many people believe this is because marijuana increases hunger but it doesn’t, because THC enhances cannabis users’ sensitivity to smells and tastes. These cravings result from sensing and savoring foods more accurately because being more food conscious increases hunger. Although, when these cravings get you off the couch and in the kitchen, preparing the food can be both time-consuming and distracting,especially if already high, so many consumers grab for the quickest snack, which is more often than not unhealthy and considered in the “junk food” category. There are however, a number of healthy alternatives to the classic go-to munchies.
Ants on a log is a staple lunchbox snack and the perfect munchie to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing a healthy dose of protein and carbohydrates. This classic treat is made by spreading peanut butter on celery sticks with raisins sprinkled on top, which give it its “ants on a log” aesthetic. Other variations of the snack use different spreads including cream cheese or ricotta cheese paired with any kind of dried fruit like currants or craisins. Another healthy munchie alternative is a favorite chip dip, hummus which can be paired with any vegetable or cracker to make a perfectly balanced snack.