As the popularity of marijuana continues to grow and prohibition slowly fades into the past, there are more and more people looking for ways to enhance and improve the quality of their high. With high culture food events in Colorado now including marijuana to complement the meal in the same way wine has in the past, it's worth exploring how food and marijuana mix. As it turns out, there are many healthy foods that can improve and extend your high. This is a far cry from the usual stoner food associations with pizza and Hot Cheetos. As it turns out, fruits and vegetables can add an extra zing to the effects from your favorite strains. Read on to learn all about how to make your high more intense with delicious, healthy foods.
Terpenes are a compound found not only in marijuana but also in fruits and vegetables. Mangoes in particular have a terpene called myrcene. Myrcene effects are known to quicken and extend the quality of your marijuana high by helping the cannabinoids pass through the brain blood barrier with greater ease. If you eat the mango about an hour before smoking, the myrcene will bind with your cannabinoid receptors, getting them ready to more readily receive the oncoming cannabinoids from your weed. It's worth noting, though, that not all mangoes are created equal. There are several species of mango, each producing varying degrees of myrcene, so one species may really give those psychoactive effects a boost while others may fall a little flat. Long story short: mangoes and weed go hand in hand for a better high.
This little veggie contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene, which binds to the CB2 receptors in the body in the same way cannabinoids do. It works alongside cannabinoids to reduce inflammation, depression, and pain. Eat a few ounces of broccoli before hitting a strain renowned for pain relief and experience maximum relief.
These veggies are packed full of good stuff for the body, including carbohydrates, vitamin B, and vitamin E, which all work to improve people’s moods. Carbohydrates and vitamin B improve serotonin production, generally helping to stabilize and uplift at the same time. Vitamin E deficiency is also known to lead to depression and a healthy boost improves mood and your overall state of mind, boosting the euphoria of a marijuana high.
The omega 3 healthy oil found in nuts can greatly enhance a high from edibles. The healthy fats speed up the rate at which the high hits because they bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, helping the cannabinoids from marijuana pass through the blood brain barrier. This speeds up how quickly the high will hit and extends the length of the high after it does.
Funnily enough, nuts and marijuana flower have one seemingly random thing in common: mylar bags. Mylar is highly impermeable to oxygen, which means it’s a particularly awesome material for making airtight bags. If you’ve ever grabbed a large bag of almonds in what looks and feels like a thick, foil-lined, resealable bag, that’s mylar. Mylar bags are used in the cannabis industry for the same reasons they’re used in the food industry: to keep products extremely fresh.
Once again we're dealing with terpenes here. Herbs such as thyme, bay and sage contain a terpene called pinene, which is known to open the passages in the lungs that help the body absorb cannabinoids with greater ease. This also speeds up and extends the marijuana high. Another terpene called limonene, found in lemongrass, lemon thyme, and lemon basil, can decrease the occasional negatives of being high, such as paranoia.
Both black and green tea contain catechin, a compound that attaches itself to the CB1 receptors in the brain. This creates a feeling of relaxation when taken on its own but when consumed alongside marijuana, it increases the feelings of euphoria and reduces the chances of feeling negative emotions such as stress. As you can see, there's a special kind of science involved when it comes to pot and food and there are lots of ways to improve and extend your high. It's worth experimenting to see what works best for you.
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Remember, using pre-rolled raw cones is a fast and simple way to keep the high going. Cheers!