"We know that marijuana activates the endocannabinoid system and causes people to overeat when they are not hungry, and they normally eat yummy sweet and fatty foods," Erin Hanlon, who led a small study, published in the journal Sleep, told The Guardian. Endocannabinoid 2-AG, in particular, amplifies the pleasure we feel in eating sweet, salty, or high-fat foods.
Provided you keep your fridge stocked with tasty, quality ingredients, the munchies can be something to roll with, rather than resist. Here are three easy snacks: minimal cleanup and messing around required.
1. Next-level grilled cheese
Croque Monsieur with an egg.shutterstock.com
A grilled cheese doesn't have to be "kid food": elevate the American staple to stratospheric heights by playing with endless available variations, including the Croque Monsieur, the Ploughman's Grilled Cheese Sandwich (with Branston pickle layered on sharp cheddar), or goat cheese, tomato slices, and fresh basil on sourdough. Instead of buttering the bread before toasting, Bon Appétit magazine suggests using real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip, or light varieties) for a golden, delectable crunch. Also, according to Bon Appétit, "After rigorous scientific testing, we've determined that sandwiches sliced in half on a diagonal actually taste better." One thing lacking in the grilled cheese? Instant gratification. Low heat, and slow cooking time, are key to the perfect GC.
2. Off-the-cuff hors d'oeuvres
Cracker based hors d'oeuvres are an excellent alternative snack when your high.shutterstock.com
A sine qua non of an excellent snack is that there's plenty of them - meaning that any cracker-based snack is an excellent candidate. When you want to keep your tastebuds occupied for an entire movie marathon, whip up a platter that includes lots of individual mini-snacks with a variety of delicious textures. That could mean Nutella or peanut butter on Vinta crackers, or the classic Euro combination of blue cheese and thinly-sliced Beurré Bosc pear on a buttery Ritz (while many recipes suggesting poaching the pears, if it's sufficiently ripe, you can skip this step and still achieve culinary Nirvana). Keep your fridge stocked with a range of cheeses, jams, and spreads and get creative.
3. Basic brownies
It's hard to go wrong with a basic brownie.shutterstock.com
Everyone already associates marijuana with brownies - both because these treats are easy to infuse with cannabutter, and because delicious, melty dark chocolate is extra-heavenly when combined with a light body buzz. If you're gluten-free, or just an inveterate lover of all things dark and chocolatey, try these flourless, double-cocoa brownies (Bonus: the recipe, according to the folks over at Recipe For Perfect, is inspired by Rachel Ray's take on pot brownies.) With just five ingredients - butter, sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla and cocoa powder - you can probably whip up a pan with ingredients already in your kitchen: perfect, if you're not feeling up to driving tonight.