If the signature scent of a McDonalds’ double cheeseburger pierced your nostrils after hitting the blunt, you know munchies are the real McCoy. C’mon, the association between smoking cannabis and deep elbowing in that abysmal cupboard is similar to that of peanut butter and jelly. If not combined, they shouldn’t exist in the first place.
When everything tastes delish and a euphoric fog addles your brain, your foggy imagination comes up with some yucky food combos. There is something about the weed-induced hunger pangs that makes us go full-on wild mode when we open the fridge. A shrimp-pizza hybrid doesn’t seem like a vile culinary concoction.
Even worse, the satisfying crunch of jalapeno chips dipped in barbeque sauce sounds like the big daddy of stoner munchies.
Seriously, WTF is going on in the human brain after hitting the blunt?
Creativity is a common side effect when you’re lit off the devil’s lettuce, but a stoned imagination will run that extra mile when scarfing down cannabis-induced cravings. Give a stoner a bong, fork, and fridge brimming with the most random ingredients – prepare yourself to be bowled over.
As the hallowed 4/20 is swiftly approaching, pot smokers from all over pay homage to the cannabis-imbued ritual by cleaning their bongs and stocking their cupboard shelves. There is no better way to celebrate 4/20 than with a bundle of weird munchies that stoners experienced and devoured.
While the visual image of these legendary snacks belongs to the NSFW category rather than a two Michelin stars restaurant menu, you might fall for those eccentric food combos – but only if you light up beforehand.
“I am a big fan of sweet and salty combinations,” Katarina* admits. “That preference put my poor stomach in a lot of trouble when I was high.” While some view the infallible breakfast of champions as runny eggs and creamy oats, Katarina is more of chocolate-coated brownies for brunch kind of person.
But she is also a fan of adding a little twist, spice, or in this case, prosciutto to what she puts in her zebra-printed breakfast bowl.
“This was the aftermath of a wake and bake session,” Katarina giggles. “I felt extra that morning, and prosciutto-wrapped brownies sounded like a dream. The taste wasn’t too bad, but I guess that happened because of two things – sweet and salty is the way to go for me, and two of my favourite things were included in the mix.”
Not all weird food combos revolve around the first meal of the day. Proud pot smoker Randi* invented a food recipe that could be an entrée, luncheon, and a witching hour snack induced by the sacred pre-bedtime joint, of course. “Hitting the blunt before going to bed can get risky sometimes,” Randi says. “And by risky, I mean that you will obviously be hungry – but is your fridge prepared for that?”
Weed, a poverty-stricken fridge, and the arduous desire to munch on something – this is how the sure-fire hummus on toast, sprinkled with a serving of sour cream chips on top was born. If it doesn’t sound like the type of high snack you prepare when tomorrow is food shopping day, we don’t know what would.
“I was in the first year of university, so I didn’t have the money to splurge on groceries every month,” Randi recollects. “But when I did, it still didn’t make any difference because my flatmates were big fans of my groceries. There is no other explanation for them constantly stealing my food,” he laughs it off.
But the pothead is proud of his culinary creation. “I wouldn’t call it appetizing, but it has an interesting taste to it. Only if you are high, that is. I once ate it sober and it just didn’t hit the same,” Randy adds.
An unspoken rule says that you can’t fuck up a food combo if you add Nutella. The finger-licking medley of chocolate and hazelnut is the type of sugary spread that induces a high all on its own. Since it goes with everything and anything, why not muddle up the snack of the Gods with Flamin Hot Cheetos?
“I guess that was the idea behind these munchies – discovering if Nutella can harmonize even the most chaotic food combination,” Mia* says. “Spoiler time – that is just another myth.” For Mia, Nutella and weed go hand in hand. When you spot her digging up a jar and shovelling it into her mouth until the last scoop vanishes, you know she is light up.
“When you are high, your brain goes all wobbly. You see Nutella, but then you see Cheetos next to it – so you’re instantly wondering if the two could work together,” Mia explains. “Both in theory and practice, chips and Nutella should never be combined – especially if the chips are spicy. But you know, I had a few mouthfuls to make sure it wasn’t as good as my stoned imagination promised me.”
Those high munchies recipes might make you feel nauseous. But in all honesty, it is because you’re (probably) reading them while sober. For the fully baked who want to cure their cravings with decadence, those dishes are the closest things to haute cuisine.
*Names have been changed to protect the integrity of the interviewee.