6 Foods that Enhance Your High

By Amelia B.
Whether you are trying to save money by conserving your stash or you just want to get the best high you can, you will be happy to know that what goes into your mouth-hole can, in fact, have a significant effect on how stoned you get as well as the quality of your high. Get out your grocery list and write this stuff down.

An important side note is that most of these foods have other incredible health benefits as well. How incredible would it be to smoke your way to a better body while blissing out?

1. Mangoes

This one has been all over the news lately, so it is likely not your first time hearing that information, but just in case it is, here’s why. A terpene called mycrene not only effectively quickens the effects of cannabis, but also extends the life of your high.

How does this work, you ask? It’s all about cannabinoids being able to travel through the blood-brain barrier quickly and efficiently. Mycrene is also one of the terpenes found in cannabis. The idea is that the mycrene in the mango binds together with the mycrene from the pot in your bloodstream. These bonds trigger various cannabinoid receptors and aid in your body and brain’s response to cannabinoids.

The trick to getting the maximum high for your cannabis buck is to consume a mango or a mango product (just make sure it actually contains mangoes) an hour before you toke up.

Mycrene is the most abundant and commonly found terpene in cannabis, so mangoes will enhance any strain you choose. That being said, it is most prominent in the more earthy, pungent strains of the indica and hybrid strains, as mycrene accounts for that odor. Mycrene is known for producing the joyful euphoria and relaxation associated with the “couch-lock” effect.

2. Broccoli

This tree-like green nutritional powerhouse is famous for invoking a strong reaction in most people. They either love it or hate it. It has a notorious reputation for being disgusting, but many adults and children alike actually crave it.

Broccoli contains a high concentration of the beta-caryophyllene terpene, which binds to CB2 receptors in the body. It has a synergistic relationship with cannabinoids, aiding in the reduction of pain, inflammation, and depression.

Like mycrene, the beta-carycaryophllene is also commonly found in indica-dominant strains associated with the body-high.

3. Herbs and Spices

Some herbs and spices contain the terpene pinene, while other contain limonene. Both connect and bond with those same terpenes found in cannabis to activate receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

Pinene Herbs

The pinene-containing herbs, such as thyme, sage, rosemary, mint, juniper, coriander, nutmeg, and oregano, act as natural bronchodilators that can open lung passages and increase cannabinoid absorption. This permits cannabinoids to travel more quickly and efficiently between the blood and brain and intensifying your high.

The benefits of pinene are anti-inflammatory properties, bronchodilation (opening airways to improve breathing), and can even promote alertness and counter the short-term memory loss associated with THC consumption.

Limonene Herbs

Lemon basil, lemongrass, and lemon thyme contain limonene. Limonene is also known for counteracting some of the negative side effects of marijuana and can decrease anxiety, depression, and stress.

4. Nuts

Nuts enhance your cannabis experience in a slightly different way. Nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that bond with cannabinoids in marijuana to make the high hit you faster and last longer. Eating them after smoking is known to make the euphoric feeling associated with your high last longer.

Nuts also contribute to heart health and are a great crunchy snack to satisfy your pot-induced munchies. Cannabis has been found to slow your heart rate, so pairing the two is especially good for overall cardiovascular health.

Since edibles are notorious for taking a ridiculously long time for effects to be felt, nuts are a great addition to any cannabis-infused treat.

5. Beer

Partiers everywhere have known for centuries that combining beer and pot is one of the best ways to get “turnt.” also commonly referred to as “crossfade,” combining the two produces a powerful experience. If you’ve ever heard someone being referred to as “zonked out of their gourd,” this is how you get there.

Now, finally, we have the science to back up that claim. One research study published by the Journal of Clinical Chemistry showed that those who mixed their beer with bud possessed a much higher blood -THC content, meaning that this combination can drastically increase a person’s level of impairment.

It turns out that the order in which the two are combined makes a lot of difference. If you toke before drinking, the result tends to be much more mellow, causing a hazy, euphoric glow. Many people report drinking much alcohol less comparatively if they are already high when they begin drinking.

However, if you drink alcohol before blazing a jay, the THC levels in your plasma will skyrocket, causing the effects to be overwhelming. Why is this?

Alcohol opens blood vessels in your digestive system, which helps the body absorb THC. If you drink to the point of serious impairment before using weed, expect a massive case of the “bed-spins as well as shaking, sweating, and generally freaking the eff out.

6. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes have been proven to enhance your mood on their own, due to high levels of vitamins E and B which increase serotonin production in the brain. When pairing with mood-boosting cannabis, be prepared to bliss-out.  

Sweet potatoes also contain the antioxidant beta-carotene, which reduces free radical damage to brain cells. This can prevent oxidative stress leading to DNA damage, a common phenomenon in emotional conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), anxiety, depression, and even schizophrenia.

So, next time you’re feeling blue, grab a tuber some bud and do some good old-fashioned self-medicating.   

Results May Vary By Strain

As mentioned above, the specific terpenes in a food will directly correlate to how abundant that terpene is in your particular strain of choice. We hope this guide helps you prepare the ultimate high-enhancing dinner. Now, go forth and experiment!

Citations

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About the author: Amelia B.

Amelia B is a wife, a preschool teacher, and a mother of two young children. She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, reading, traveling, listening to live local music, refurbishing furniture, and creating works of art.