We all know that cannabis affects our appetite, but do you know why? According to a study performed by researchers from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, cannabis (more specifically, the THC in cannabis) triggers a surge in ghrelin, a hormone produced by the stomach that stimulates hunger.
For cannabis users, this translates into a sudden appetite after using cannabis. The phenomenon, affectionately nicknamed the “munchies,” causes cravings for snacks of any type—but especially the kind that are cheesy, salty or sweet.
Enter the food truck, the best place to satisfy your cannabis-induced munchies. Here are some of our favorite food trucks in Los Angeles, where to find them and exactly what to order:
Prince of Venice Truck
If you’re craving pasta but not in the mood to sit down at your local Italian bistro, Prince of Venice is your new best friend. This food truck cooks up homemade pasta that’s better than what you’d find in most restaurants. Try their maccheroni alla carbonara with cured pork, eggs, Pecorino Romano and black pepper or opt for a simple Bolognese.
Where to find them: You’ll typically find Prince of Venice parked somewhere on the Westside, but make sure you check out their weekly schedule.
Kogi BBQ Truck
Barbecue is the ultimate comfort food, and Kogi takes this truth to new heights by combining elements from traditional Korean barbecue with Mexican street food. This truck has a little bit of everything, including calamari tacos, kimchi quesadillas and a melty mulita stuffed with cheddar and sweet chili chicken and topped with sesame seeds. We know there’s a lot to choose from, but don’t you dare leave without ordering at least one of their famous Korean short rib tacos, which has made chef Roy Choi world-famous.
Where to find them: Kogi hits multiple locations every single day, so track them on their website to make sure you don’t miss them.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
What’s better than melted cheese and toasted bread? That’s a trick question. The answer is nothing, which is why The Grilled Cheese Truck is a no-brainer to include on a list of the best munchie food trucks in L.A. Its menu items range from a classic grilled cheese to the fantastic cheesy mac melt, which is grilled cheese filled with mac and cheese (yes, really). It’s an impossible dream come true for anyone with a case of the munchies.
Where to find them: With locations in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, you’re never too far from cheesy goodness. You can find their complete schedule here.
Merci Clement Truck
Food trucks typically offer a savory experience, but if you’re in the mood for something sweet, Merci Clement may be the food truck for you. The gelato truck serves their signature sweet treat in the form of a popsicle… oh, and that popsicle just so happens to be dipped in indulgent upgrades like pistachios, chocolate cookie crumbs and white chocolate (or all three!).
Where to find them: The truck is located in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA. You can check out their Yelp page here.
Jogasaki Sushi Burrito
It wouldn’t be a food truck roundup without a sushi burrito shout out. This food trend has made major headlines, and Jogasaki was the first on the scene. With menu items like the lobster burrito (which wraps avocado, cucumber and baked langostino in soy paper) and the jalapeno bomb (a deep fried jalapeno pepper stuffed with spicy tuna and eel sauce), you don’t want to miss this West Coast favorite.
Where to find them: The truck constantly on the move all around the Westside, South Bay and even the Valley; you can keep track of its whereabouts by following them on Twitter.
Whether you’re experiencing the cannabis munchies or you’re simply in the mood for a tasty snack, these food trucks are the perfect place to get out, chow down and leave with a very happy stomach.