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Why Do Certain Strains Give You the Munchies and Which Exotic Snacks Should You Try?

Why Do Certain Strains Give You the Munchies and Which Exotic Snacks Should You Try?

If you’ve ever used a cannabis product, chances are that you’ve encountered “the munchies” – in other words, that feeling of intense cravings for snacks that seemingly comes out of nowhere, and thus, can leave you with empty boxes and bags of sweets and savory treats.  This is a pretty universal effect of cannabinoids, but you might have noticed that certain strains seem to intensify this effect more than others.  In fact, some strains don’t give you the munchies at all, if you ask most partakers.

Now, let’s be clear – there’s nothing wrong with the munchies.  And, if you’ve got them, you might as well make the most of them.  Still, if you’re struggling to find the right snack to satisfy those cravings, which can often be a bit weirder than what we seek out when we’re not stoned, you might want to explore the new Exotic Snacks over at ELYXR.  Imported and carefully curated from various countries throughout the world, they offer unique flavor profiles that just aren’t sold in U.S. markets.

What are the Munchies, and What Causes Them?

When we talk about “the munchies,” we mean that big appetite boost that happens when we’re high on most cannabinoids found in cannabis.  This unique effect is actually seen as a benefit, as people who suffer from low appetite to the point of becoming unhealthy, can really improve by taking cannabis products.

But, what actually causes this unique effect?  It turns out to be the result of the interaction between cannabinoids and serotonin receptors.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with mood, but it also controls our appetite, so boosting serotonin levels through the consumption of cannabis can definitely make us hungrier.

There are a number of factors that can influence how much we feel hungry, and when that hunger kicks in.  Things like the delivery method/product type, the dosage, and even the unique chemistry of your body can all play a major role.  But today, we’re focusing on strain type, because that’s perhaps the biggest variable of all, especially since certain terpenes can enhance this effect.

Why Do Some Strains Give us the Munchies More Than Others?

As you probably know, each strain of cannabis has a specific composition of cannabinoids and terpenes.  This means that there are two variables at work when it comes to influencing that munchies potential.

One variable is the THC content.  Higher-THC strains are likely to cause more of the munchies, because THC is the compound that’s responsible for this effect to begin with.  To a lesser extent, minor cannabinoids present can affect this.  Take, for instance, THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), a potential appetite suppressant.  Cannabis products with above-average THCV levels may actually reduce the feeling of hunger when you’re high.

Then, we’ve got the matter of terpenes.  3 super common cannabis terpenes are myrcene, limonene, and b-caryophyllene – and, all 3 happen to increase appetite.  So, any strains that are particularly high in these terpenes are probably “munchier” than others.  Examples of strains high in these terpenes that are known for increasing appetite are Lemon Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, Jack Herer, and Amnesia Haze.

If You’ve Got a High-Munchies Strain Try These Snacks at ELYXR

Now, let’s talk about what to do about those munchies should you have a strain that’s particularly appetite-boosting.  With ELYXR’s new exotic snacks, you’ll be able to satisfy even the most intense cravings with one-of-a-kind flavors that might as well have been formulated for stoners, by stoners.

#5: Lay’s Chips (Mayonnaise)

These international Lay’s Chips aren’t made for the American market, but they are undeniably appealing to Americans all the same.  And, who amongst us hasn’t dipped potato chips in mayo while high?  As you can imagine, the flavor is ultra-rich and creamy, with that familiar mayonnaise tang, all while giving you the taste of crunchy, salty potato chips.

#4: Chips Ahoy Soft Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate Chunk)

We all grew up with Chips Ahoy, but not these Chips Ahoy snacks, made for the Asian market, and unlike anything we’ve ever seen.  They consist of an ultra-soft chocolate cookie coating, stuffed beyond belief with cookie dough and rich chunks of real milk chocolate.  Whether enjoyed with a glass of milk or solo, this treat is certain to satisfy your chocolate cravings when you’re super high.

#3: Skittles Candies (Fruit Tea)

If you’re more into fruity candies when the munchies hit after savoring your favorite strain, you’ll be able to “taste the rainbow” like never before with these Asian Skittles in Fruit Tea, offering an assortment of fruity flavors tempered with the soothing taste of tea.  There’s a creaminess to the flavor that’s downright addictive, while the pastel colors of the candies add an extra bit of visual appeal as well.

#2: Kinder Creamy Milky and Crunchy

Kinder is one of the most successful European chocolate manufacturers of all time, and we couldn’t be more delighted to introduce this treat in particular to our cannabis-loving consumers.  Creamy Milky and Crunchy is basically a stoner’s dream come true: a milk chocolate “bowl” filled with crispy rice cereal and a thick, creamy “milk” filling, and it even comes with your own personal spoon.

#1: Pringles Chips (Chili Lemon and Crab)

We know – the idea of crab-flavored chips doesn’t sound appealing.  But we’re willing to bet that once you’re super high, you won’t be able to get enough of this mouthwatering trio of flavors, amidst the backdrop of one of the most iconic chip recipes of all time.  Trust us when we say that every bite offers a powerhouse of umami that captures what your palate wants when you’re high.

ELYXR’s New Exotic Snacks are Made for Enjoying with Your Favorite Strains

Whatever ELYXR strain you end up choosing, there’s a very good chance that you’re going to end up with the munchies around the time your high is peaking.  Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate selection of exotic snacks from all over the globe, to alleviate your munchies with flavors that you really can’t find elsewhere.  Explore our exotic snacks today!

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David Nadel is a freelance copywriter and content writer who has been doing content creation since late 2014. He originally worked at a marketing tech company in Boston doing email marketing and SEO display ad campaigns (where he helped to create the content for those emails and banner ads for clients) before going full time as a freelance writer in 2017.

It all started working with clients in the vaping industry in 2013, where David got his opportunities to do more freelance work for that industry the following year because of his success with helping those clients with emails and ads. And, which led him writing for the hemp industry too, as he had already been an avid cannabis enthusiast going all the way back to 2011.

Because of his extensive knowledge and legit passion with non-psychoactive and psychoactive cannabinoids, coupled with his better understanding of shrooms (mushrooms) since 2015, and the kratom/kava industry since 2019, it has allowed him to create some of the most remarkable, out-of-the box, and informative content in the industry.

Even today, David still keeps on top of what’s happening in the cannabis, shrooms, and kratom/kava industries, like new research and data studies, wellness trends, legality, and emerging cannabinoids and strains, in order to supply the most up-to-date, precise educational, fun, and engaging content. That way, new and experienced users alike can really understand what this amazing industry has to offer while still being fully informed.