Many of us have heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but few have considered that also implies your buzz is affected by your diet. It’s true though––food plays a huge role in how we experience life, cannabis included!
Over the years, stoners have made countless anecdotal reports of food altering their high. Thankfully, now, we have more scientific information to back up these cannabis and food reviews.
Here are 7 common foods that can affect and alter your high:
FOODS THAT DECREASE EFFECTS
“Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid,” he told Stern. “Just chew two or three pieces. I just found this out myself. Try it.”
How is this possible? Well, the main terps found in black pepper are beta-caryophyllene, studied in mice for its pain-relieving effects, and alpha-pinene. The terpene pinene acts as “a potent inhibitor” to help when we’ve had too much THC and start to feel “too high“. Simply put, the terpenes in black pepper work synergistically with THC to create a calming, therapeutic effect that can tell your THC-high brain to chill out.
Like the terpenes found in black pepper, pine nuts include terpenes that consumers say lessen THC’s effects, leading to greater alertness and mental clarity. The terpene in pine nuts that could be of scientific interest in regards to this effect is pinene––the terpene that is also responsible for giving pine trees their scent.
FOODS THAT INCREASE EFFECTS
To intensify your buzz, eat a mango! Mangoes are reported to intensify cannabis effects due to the high concentration of the terpene myrcene, also found in lemongrass and cardamom.
Studies from the 1970’s have found that myrcene improves the ability of cell membranes in the body to absorb certain compounds. This means, ingesting mangoes before you hit a bong or sesh your vape better prepares your body’s cell’s to absorb THC, helping you to feel your high faster and stronger.
Eating broccoli when you have munchies is not only a healthier snack, but it can also enhance your relaxation when it’s time to wind down. Broccoli contains high levels of a terpene called beta-caryophyllene, which has been studied for relieving anxiety and depression.
Nuts and eggs
Aside from being crucial for your overall health, the omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and eggs easily bind to the cannabinoids in weed. This helps the THC move through the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, making effects hit faster and stronger.
Trade the potato chips for a healthy alternative. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates with many health benefits. According to findings published in the journal Obesity Research, it increases serotonin production, a “feel-good” brain chemical. They also contain high levels of mood-boosting vitamin B6, which helps regulate our emotions.
**Disclaimer: Consuming these foods alone (without cannabis) will not get you high. The chemical properties in mango, egg/nuts, broccoli, and sweet potato interact with our endocannabinoid systems in a way that improves THC absorption, intensifying the effects of smoking weed.**
Have you noticed a difference when you smoke and eat certain foods?
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