Most people who smoke marijuana do so as a way to enjoy the high associated with it. You may not realize it, but by eating the right foods before or during your cannabis consumption, you can increase your high.
Terpenes Are Key
As you look for food to eat as a way to boost your marijuana high, you will notice that terpenes are essential. Terpenes are natural compounds that occur in cannabis, as well as in our regular food items. And when certain terpenes interact with THC, CBD, and the other cannabinoids in marijuana, they boost the high.
Depending on the terpenes you choose to prioritize, you can either maximize or minimize your high when you smoke marijuana. If your goal is to increase your high, then try one of these foods.
Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable that is loaded with beta-caryophyllene, an important terpene. This terpene will bind with your body’s CB2 receptors, one of the types of endocannabinoid receptors in your body.
Beta-caryophyllene also works synergistically with the cannabinoids in marijuana to enhance other effects. For the best results, eat some broccoli a little bit before you light up. This should help you reach the comfortable high that you want.
Herbs and Spices (With Pinene and Limonene)
No matter what you choose to eat to enhance your marijuana high, be sure to add some particular herbs and spices to it. You can find the terpene pinene in thyme, bay, and sage. This terpene is a natural bronchodilator, meaning it opens up your lung passages. That opening of the lung passages results in increasing the surface area so you can experience more cannabinoid absorption. This allows for the quicker passing of cannabinoids between the brain and the blood. In turn, that quickness lets you experience a faster high onset and a longer high.
You can also look for herbs that include limonene, another terpene. These herbs include lemongrass, lemon thyme, and lemon basil. The benefits of limonene come from its ability to reduce some of the potential adverse effects of marijuana, including stress, depression, and anxiety. In other words, consuming herbs and spices with limonene will help you ensure your high is happy and free from anxiety or stress.
Mangos make this list due to the presence of various terpenes, including myrcene. These terpenes are why mangos have such a strong aroma. Myrcene is also associated with speeding up the onset of a high and extending its duration. This terpene achieves that by its ability to help cannabinoids go through your blood-brain barrier more efficiently and quickly.
For the best results, eat mangos for about an hour before you start to smoke your cannabis. This will let the myrcene reach your bloodstream so it can bind with the cannabinoid receptors. Those bonds will prime the receptors, so their response to cannabinoids from marijuana is more efficient.
Nuts are one of the foods that can increase your high but not because of terpenes. Instead, nuts do so via the presence of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are not only associated with a long list of health benefits, but they also bind with cannabinoids. This binding process makes it easier for the cannabinoids to travel through your blood brain barrier. In other words, eating the omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats, will help extend the time of your high and speed up its onset.
As a bonus, the healthy fats found in the nuts will also protect your heart. This can be particularly helpful depending on your heart health, given that cannabis can slow down your heart rate.
Sweet potatoes are a delicious choice and will do wonders for your mood. This comes down to the presence of vitamins B and E in the vegetables, along with the carbohydrates. These vitamins help boost the brain’s production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with happiness. Even better, the low protein and fat levels of sweet potatoes help serotonin work more quickly. This makes sweet potatoes an excellent method of ensuring that your high will be happy instead of sad.
Just remember to avoid protein if you choose to boost your high with sweet potatoes. That is because consuming protein with carbs can block your production of serotonin, which would ruin your mood.
Although not technically a food, drinking beer before you start smoking your marijuana is an excellent way to enhance the high associated with your cannabis. Most smokers are well aware that combining beer and marijuana will bring particularly strong results. If you consume these together, expect to experience a high level of impairment, which many people refer to as “crossfaded” or “twisted.”
There is even science to back up the ability of beer to enhance your high. A study from the Journal of Chemistry found people who consumed both alcohol and cannabis had blood THC levels that were significantly higher than those who had cannabis but not alcohol.
If you choose to enhance your high by drinking beer before you smoke cannabis, take extreme care as the resulting combination is intense. Make sure that you are in a safe space and try the combination in moderation at first, as you will likely be heavily intoxicated from the two substances working together.
If you want even more ideas of foods to eat to enhance your high, consider one of the following honorable mentions.
Coffee is another favorite combination with cannabis, which some people call weedballin’. Coffee contains cafestol, a terpene with a powerful aroma. People who consume coffee and cannabis together do not necessarily notice an increase in the high, but they tend to feel much more productive.
Curry is an excellent option as it lets you easily incorporate some of the herbs and spices mentioned above. For the best results, opt for a creamy curry featuring coconut milk.
Drinking green or black tea will cause you to consume catechin. This is an antioxidant that binds with the brain’s CB1 endocannabinoid receptors, leading to feelings of relaxation and peace. When you drink those teas along with cannabis, you may notice an increase in the euphoria associated with cannabis, as well as improvements to your mood and stress levels courtesy of catechin.