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Do Mangoes Intensify the Effects of Cannabis?

Monday August 13, 2018

T here are many ways to improve a marijuana high – switching strains, taking a tolerance break, or getting high in a new environment, for example – but one of the easiest ways to get higher off your stash starts with a quick run to your local super market for some mangoes. Thanks to their abundance of myrcene terpenes, mangoes have been shown to not only increase the level of “high” one experiences, but to reduce onset time by about half, as well. So how does it work? And are there tricks to improving the efficiency of the mango/marijuana combo? We’re glad you asked.

How Does Mango Interact With Cannabis

According to a 1997 Swiss study analyzing the terpene profile of 16 different cannabis strains, myrcene was the most prominent terpene in each. Mango also contains high levels of myrcene terpenes which work on the same receptors as cannabis causing an entourage effect. You see, whereas THC will get you “high,” it is the myrcene that’s responsible for the relaxed, pain-free qualities.

Though there is minimal research on the subject, the consistency of anecdotal claims prove the correlation. However, we can only theorize at this point as to why that is. It is currently believed that when you eat mango, myrcene terpenes make their way into your bloodstream and ultimately your brain. If these terpenes are already present in your system when you smoke or otherwise consume cannabis, THC and other cannabinoids will hitch a ride on the back of these terpenes thus speeding onset time.

Tips for Improving Your High with Mangoes

Myrcene has a distinct flavor of earth and fruit which lends itself nicely to flavorful strains but can also be a tasty pre-smoke treat, too. Eating mango 1-2 hours before a smoke sesh will give the fruit time to digest and will lessen the cravings for junk food later in your high.

The entourage effect produced by terpenes can be quite strong, as evidenced by the interaction between cannabis consumption and mango ingestion. Find out how the terpenes found in mangoes can increase your marijuana high and help intensify the effects as well.

Why mangoes and marijuana are a match made in heaven

It may sound crazy, but the tropical fruit enhances your high

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    The Effect

    Mangoes have chemical strengthen and lengthen the euphoric feelings felt after smoking or vaping marijuana. Eating the tropical fruit 45 minutes or so before a cannabis session will allow the THC to absorb into your body quicker and the high will stay with you longer. For some, the intoxicating feeling will be slightly more intense.

    Most cannabis enthusiasts say that the combination of mangoes and marijuana creates a mellow, sedate sensation.

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    The Science

    Is it psychosomatic or merely the placebo effect? Nope. Mangoes are packed with myrcene, a terpene that interacts with THC. Here is how Steep Hill Labs explains the effect:

    Myrcene is known to be anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, and used in the treatment of spasms. It is also used to treat insomnia, and pain. It also has some very special properties, including lowering the resistance across the blood to brain barrier, allowing itself and many other chemicals to cross the barrier easier and more quickly. In the case of cannabinoids, like THC, it allows it to take effect more quickly. More uniquely still, myrcene has been shown to increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor, allowing for a greater maximum psychoactive effect. For most people, the consumption of a fresh mango, 45 minutes before inhaling cannabis, will result in a faster onset of psycho activity and greater intensity.

    By the way, myrcene can also be found in hops, bay leaves, eucalyptus and lemongrass.

    Terpenes are essential oils that provide the fragrance in foods and herbs. When you take a whiff of basil, for example, what you are smelling is the terpenes. Cannabis strains also have unique terpenes that provide the aroma. Some strains smell lemony (limonene) or spicy (caryophyllene) or floral (linalool).

    By the way, mangoes are also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. So grab a mango and give your cannabis a kick!

    TheFreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site, that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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    It may sound crazy, but the tropical fruit enhances your high