Posted on April 18 2019
Whether using marijuana medicinally or recreationally, you want to get the most out of your smoking experience. If you’re smoking to get high, you may be tempted to smoke more and more if you’re not getting the level of euphoria you’re after. Luckily, there are other ways to enhance your marijuana high without actually piling on anymore THC. Certain foods may actually enhance your high, making it easier to reach the level you want without using too much of your precious bud. Since cannabis is usually linked to a wild case of the munchies, it’s pretty easy to match your smoking experience with one of these delicious foods for boosted effects. Most of the foods that enhance the cannabis experience are whole and healthy (and full of high-enhancing terpenes), so they may benefit you in more ways than one.
How Does Food Enhance Your High?
If the idea of eating foods that enhance the effects of THC intrigues you, you might be wondering just how it works. There are several explanations for these boosted effects. The most obvious is that some foods contain the same terpenes (as you’ll see below) as the one responsible for some of the effects of certain cannabis strains. Eating foods with these terpenes logically can only boost the effects the terpenes have overall. Many of these terpenes are even known to boost your high in other ways by aiding the body’s ability to absorb THC. There’s an even bigger reason that many foods boost the effects of THC, though. Studies show that certain compounds, particularly fatty acids in the form of saturated fats act as intracellular carriers of THC. Therefore, many of the foods contain compounds that are vital to your body, and your body’s ability to process THC and other cannabinoids when using cannabis. If you’re looking for ways to get more out of cannabis, the food you eat is a great place to start.
What are Some Foods That Get You Higher?
As we mentioned, foods that have an impact on your high will often contain certain molecules that interact with THC or boost the effects of other cannabis terpenes. Many of these foods are things you may already have in your kitchen. Here are some popular options and a bit about how they work to enhance your marijuana high:
Mangos are legendary for their ability to increase the effects of THC, but those who don’t understand how it works are often skeptical. Mangoes have a particularly high Myrcene content, the most common terpene responsible for much of the euphoric effect of cannabis. Myrcene is easily the most common terpene found across all cannabis strains, and it is crucial for helping THC pass through the blood-brain barrier. That means that increasing your myrcene intake can aid your body in processing more of the THC that you take in. When using this approach to boosting your high, you should try eating the mangoes about an hour before consuming cannabis. This gives the myrcene time to metabolize so that it can be utilized by the body to help process THC and other cannabinoids.
Sweet potatoes are hardy and nutritious and have pretty awesome benefits on their own, which make them a good match for boosting the euphoric cannabis high. They are packed with mood-boosting minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin E, vitamin B, and healthy carbohydrates. These compounds help boost serotonin production, which may help people struggling with depression. In general, the uplifting effects of sweet potatoes may complement the effects of THC and may combine especially well with cannabis strains commonly used to treat depression.
Broccoli may a particularly useful way to boost the cannabis experience for those who use it for medicinal purposed. Broccoli contains the terpene Beta-caryophyllene, which is known for its ability to bind with CB-2 receptors, similarly to many cannabinoids. Several studies have looked into the therapeutic value of Beta-caryophyllene. Studies show that it may act as an anti-inflammatory and have anti-arthritic effects. Another study shows that this terpene’s effect on CB2 receptors may also be useful for managing behaviors and symptoms related to anxiety and depression. Some cannabis strains (especially those designed to manage anxiety, depression, and pain) naturally contain Beta-Caryophyllene and eating broccoli before consuming cannabis may help boost its effects.
Chocolate is one of the most important items on this list because it actually contains a very important cannabinoid: anandamide. This endocannabinoid was the first to be discovered in the human brain and is named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss.” Anandamide is necessary for many brain functions and is the endocannabinoid that is most similar (almost identical, in fact) to THC. That’s why chocolate is often linked to “euphoric” effects and is even sometimes referred to as an aphrodisiac. When using chocolate to boost your high, you should go for something with more cacao, or purer chocolate with less artificial flavors and sugars.
Nuts are another food that may boost your cannabis experience, but these are specifically useful to those who like to partake in cannabis edibles. Nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for binding to certain cannabinoid receptors in the brain. They help cannabinoids bind easier and pass more quickly through the blood-brain barrier. Consuming nuts just before consuming your THC edibles will not only help the cannabis take effect more quickly but may even extend the effects of the edible, too.
Green tea and black tea paired with your favorite cannabis strain make for a great way to get your day rolling or relax in the afternoons, but tea may do a little more to boost the effects of any cannabis you intake. Green and black tea have a substantial amount of catechin, a compound known for its relaxing and euphoric effects. Tea may also help to calm any anxious or paranoid feelings that you may experience after using cannabis, which may create a more pleasurable, balanced experience.
Beer is made with hops, which contain a pretty substantial amount of terpenes, including myrcene. For this reason, beer may act similarly to mangoes to boost the effects of THC. However, you should always tread cautiously with alcohol, especially when pairing it with cannabis. Research shows that the blood-alcohol content may be significantly increased when using cannabis alongside alcohol. The euphoria-boosting effects are often attributed to small amounts, like drinking a single beer alongside a bowl of your favorite cannabis strain.
Pair Cannabis Responsibly to Ensure Safety and Efficacy
This information is intended to inform those who have experience with cannabis and are looking to potentially boost or alter the effects. When making dietary changes, it's important to consider your health and needs carefully. For patients who use cannabis medicinally and suffer from one or more health condition, diet is especially important. Before making diet changes, ensure that you have no allergy or other complication that could interfere. If you are unsure about incorporating any foods into your diet (especially alongside medicinal marijuana) talk to your doctor. If you want to learn more about the effects of terpenes in food and cannabis, you may be interested in reading “How to Personalize Your Cannabis Experience: What Are Terpenes?”