When things make humans happy, we push the degree to which we can explore them. And that’s not reserved solely for the (traditionally) thrilling things like space and jumping out of airplanes. We’re constantly searching for ways to maximize our experiences, sensations, and flavors. We want the hotel upgrade to get a better view, the absolute best bourbon for our manhattan, and, to not just get to see our favorite band, but to go backstage. We’re simply all about maximizing the degree to which we take pleasure from things. So while we love a good strain of cannabis on its own (and the extreme pleasure we get when we satisfy our munchies by going to town on a bad pizza), people frequently overlook that — like a fine wine — each strain has a unique flavor profile. And when you find just the right food to compliment that taste, the result isn’t just satisfying, it’s mind-blowing.
Individual strains of cannabis get their aromas and flavors from naturally occurring compounds called terpenes, which are found in varying concentrations in different strains. All cannabis has at least a few terpenes as do foods. The terpenes present control the flavor you experience when you use a specific strain. So, a strain with pinene will impart a foresty taste, and one with myrcene makes your taste buds pick up tropical notes. Paying attention to the flavors of your weed is the perfect way to maximize your experience.
So, we paired the flavor profiles of ten popular strains of cannabis with the perfect snack options for when the munchies hit. There are straight convenience store options alongside those that need a little more preparation. If you wanna stick to eating whatever you can scrounge in the kitchen, that’s cool. But, when you are ready to push your enjoyment a little further, try some of these out. And, be sure to hydrate because a lot of these strains can give you dry mouth; adding salty snacks to that can leave you a desiccated husk.
Stock up on: Sour Patch Kids
With origins in California, this sativa-dominant hybrid is the stuff of legend among strains from the West Coast. It’s a cross of a Blueberry indica and a Haze sativa, which means it gets your body slowing and your mind speeding up. Who doesn’t love a head and body high sans fatigue? Different varieties lean a bit more sativa or indica, so it’s important to ask your budtender about that, lest you end up asleep face first in your snacks.
Like its Blueberry progenitor, Blue Dream has a strong sweet berry aroma, and the taste mirrors that with a berry jammy sweetness. To build on the pervasive sweet blueberry flavor, we like to pair it with a sour citrus profile. Culinary aficionados, this is your time to bust out preserved lemons and use them in pasta or roasted potatoes. Heck, slice them thinly, and put them on a hot dog from your bodega. If you aren’t a foodie, grab something with citric acid at Quick Stop or the like. Try Sour Patch Kids, Sour Straws, Sweet Tarts, Sour Crawlers, or any other member of this mouth-puckering category. Hopefully, as Blue Dream doesn’t bring on the munchies as hard as other strains, you can escape an ulcerated mouth by not eating too many sour treats.
Stock up on: BBQ chips
Good old Sour D is a sativa-dominant strain that gets its name from its strong, diesel-like scent. It cemented itself in the cannabis scene in the 90s, and some people link its lineage to Chemdawg 91 and Super Skunk. Because it acts fast to energize users and put them in a dreamy cerebral state, people love it.
As for flavor, Sour Diesel’s taste isn’t that different than its smell. It is straight up dank, funky fuel. But, it gets an added complexity to its pungent nature from a lemon-laced pine taste that lingers. Its earthy flavor needs something assertive. Inspired by the fuel-heavy aroma that proceeds a gas-powered barbecue and by the smoky nature of grilled foods and barbecue sauce, we think the best pairing for this strain is something grilled or drenched in BBQ goodness. Summer is here, and the time is right for both dancing in the streets and grilling. Thus, if you are a master of the flame, whip up some sauce and get a gamey meat going. Or just grab some barbecue-flavored chips and go to town.