How Mangoes Can Increase a Cannabis High
Burgers and fries. Pasta and sauce. Spaghetti and meatballs. Pancakes and syrup. Some things just go together so well that they’ve become synonymous with one another to the point that you can’t say one without saying the other. In fact, if you’re a marijuana user, these combos maybe some of your go-to munchies. If you’re looking for a way to get even more out of your high (and who isn’t?), there’s another combination that you’re definitely going to want to add to your list: mangoes and cannabis.
There are a lot of different tricks a person can use to increase their high, such as drinking a cup of green or black tea, switching up your strains, eating some dark chocolate, or even taking a tolerance break. These are a few common examples, you’ve probably even tried some (if not all). But there’s another method that a person can use to boost the effects of cannabis that some say works better than all of the other methods. What is it? – Mangoes! Turns out this tropical fruit is more than just juicy and sweet; it’s also packed with myrcene, an anti-inflammatory agent that’s not only just good for your health but also pairs very well with cannabis and will give you a much better high and just a better experience overall.
Are your interests piqued? If so, read on to learn more about the effects that mangoes have on cannabis and why you’re going to want to make them a regular part of your diet.
How do Mangoes and Cannabis Interact?
Mangoes are loaded with compounds that are good for your health, including, as mentioned, myrcene, and it’s this compound that makes mango and cannabis go together like peanut butter and jelly. But what is myrcene? It’s a terpene, a class of molecules that are generated by plants and give them their distinguishing scent. Hops, lemongrass, and basil are just some examples of plants that contain myrcene. What do all of these plants have in common? They’re highly fragrant. There’s another plant that has a highly distinct fragrance: cannabis.
What are terpenes anyway? They’re naturally occurring fragrant oils that have physical effects; for example, when you smell lemongrass, basil, or a bud of fresh Indica, you might feel as if your mood has been lifted, your anxiety has been reduced, and just a general sense of euphoria. Those effects are caused by terpenes. Just like cannabinoids, the naturally occurring compounds that cannabis is famed for, terpenes interact with the cannabinoid receptors that are naturally found within the body, creating psychological effects and facilitate cannabinoid interactions. Terpenes are found in the sticky, resin-like glands of flora, and in the cannabis plant, they are found in the mushroom-like trichomes that the cannabinoids are located in, which is what makes concentrated forms of cannabis more potent. It’s because terpenes are so pungent that they are usually the first element that you notice when you come into contact with the plants that contain them; including cannabis, of course.
With cannabis, it’s the THC that creates the psychoactive effect that the plant is so famed for; that “high-like” sensation. The myrcene also plays a role in the way you feel when you use THC, except instead of creating the “high-like” sensation, this terpene creates the relaxed, lucid feeling you experience after you puff a nice spliff, pull a bong rip, or consume edibles.
The Cannabis/Mango Connection
So, why is it that cannabis and mangoes go together so well? How does the tropical fruit affect the effects of cannabis? While there hasn’t been a lot of research that proves a definite connection, but rather there are only anecdotal claims, we can only theorize based on those anecdotal claims. It’s suspected that when you ingest a mango, the myrcene terpenes pass into your bloodstream and then travel up to your brain (as you would expect). As such, if the myrcene terpenes are already in your system when you use cannabis, the cannabinoids that the plant contains, including THC, will catch a ride on the terpenes, which in effect will increase and enhance the rate of their reaction. In other words, when a person combines mangoes and cannabis, they’ll have an even better experience.
How to Use Mangoes to Increase Your Cannabis High
So, how should a person go about using mangoes to enhance the effects that cannabis produces? For the best experience, it’s recommended that they consume mangoes prior to their smoke sesh or before they munch on some edibles, for example; about 1 to 2 hours beforehand is ideal, which will give them enough time to fully digest the fruit and all of the compounds that it contains. Additionally, by consuming mango before using cannabis, a user may experience fewer food cravings. So, not only will the high be better when combining mangoes and cannabis, but the user will also be far less likely to go on a junk food binge.
Other Benefits of Combining Cannabis and Mangoes
Eating mangoes along with cannabis doesn’t only increase a high and reduce the munchie effect; it also provides some other benefits. For instance, mangoes have been proven to enhance digestion, so if a user prefers to ingest cannabis, they’ll have an easier time digesting edibles. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that mangoes contain are reported to provide other benefits, including:
- Improved skin quality
- Healthier, more luscious hair
- Blood sugar stabilization
- Cancer protection; studies have found that the compounds mangoes contain can provide protection against several types of cancer, including breast, colon, prostate, lung, and even leukemia
Summing It Up
So, do mangoes really have a positive impact on cannabis? While it has yet to be scientifically proven, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that yes, they do!