For an outsider looking in, even the mention of mango and weed as a winning combination would be enough to make them question our sanity, but hear us out!
We totally get how it sounds like an absolutely odd and ridiculous pairing. However, there’s actually scientific evidence to back up the theory that eating mango can intensify and enhance your cannabis toking experience.
Stick with us as we break down how eating mangoes could be just what you need to take your high to even greater heights.
Can Mango and Weed Actually Get You Higher?
If you’re no stranger to the weed world, you’re likely already familiar with the compact yet crucial compounds known as terpenes.
For those who aren’t as familiar, don’t sweat it! Let’s take a step back real quick to get you up to speed.
Pretty much all plants and even some animals contain terpenes. These tiny yet mighty compounds are essentially responsible for generating the unique aroma of various plants, fruits, and veggies.
However, terpenes have several beneficial qualities outside of producing smell, including antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and even cancer chemopreventive effects.
In mango, the tasty tropical treat has an abundance of one particular terpene called myrcene.
Myrcene is present in more than just mangoes, though! Other examples of places to find it include lemongrass, hops, eucalyptus, and basil.
In the wonderful world of weed, myrcene is also present in several different cannabis strains. However, it’s just one of over 150 tiny terrific terpenes found in marijuana plants.
On top of its great aroma, myrcene also has other uses to benefit the body outside of enhancing your marijuana high, including producing anti-inflammatory and anti-catabolic effects.
What makes myrcene cool when smoking weed is that myrcene can enter your body’s bloodstream directly, much like the cannabinoids found in cannabis.
When you smoke marijuana, you inhale the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant through these tiny air sacs in the lungs called alveoli.
The alveoli are where the blood and lungs exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide when you breathe. The oxygen you inhale from the air passes through them and is then transferred into the blood, where it makes its way through the rest of your body.
When you exhale, the carbon dioxide travels in the blood and passes through the alveoli when you breathe it out.
So, when you puff on some cannabis, cannabinoids enter the bloodstream rapidly before travelling to your brain and spreading throughout the rest of your body, which is when you feel all that marijuana has to offer.
With this in mind, some innovative tokers have discovered that since mangoes contain the myrcene and other terpenes, eating a mango before smoking weed or after a smoke sesh works excellently with the cannabinoids in cannabis.
In other words, these compounds become cannabis partners in crime through the THC and other cannabinoids in marijuana, absorbing into the body faster, making your high last longer and enhancing its effects to make them feel more intense!
How Mango and Weed Work Together
We said that mango and weed become partners in crime. However, the only crime is taking your high to new heights! Still, how does it work?
Basically, myrcene affects your body’s blood-brain barrier.
Without making things too complicated, the blood-brain barrier is what it sounds like. It works as an almost bouncer-like barrier that checks its list to see if whatever wants in can pass into the brain from the blood.
We’ve all felt the sting of not being on the list outside bars or clubs. So, you get the idea!
Myrcene lowers this barrier, granting various substances, such as THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that produces the typical ‘high’ effect, to pass into the brain faster.
To lay it out plainly, because myrcene is able to perform this function, the effects of smoking recreational or medical marijuana will be more pronounced and intense, with the effects themselves also lasting longer.
As we said before, myrcene also has other benefits, including serving as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Myrcene is the magical terpene gift that keeps on giving!
The last benefit, in particular, is worth highlighting for those who might be triggered by the harsh smoke produced by some cannabis strains.
With this in mind, there are several reasons to incorporate mangoes into your life. Whether for cannabis-enhancing purposes or otherwise. Who knew that mango you could easily find at a grocery store could have so many versatile uses in and outside the world of weed!
It only goes to show that you really can’t go wrong with biting off a piece of delicious, juicy fresh mango.
How to Use Mango and Cannabis to Get Higher
Before you go off, quite literally, biting off more than you can chew, there are a few things to think about when combining cannabis and mango – most importantly, your individual metabolism.
If you’re confused, let us explain.
Basically, if you have a slow metabolism, you only need to eat one mango roughly two hours before you plan on seshing or one hour before dosing with an edible.
If you have a faster metabolism, you should probably aim to eat two or three pieces of the fruit to achieve the optimal results.
If you’re looking for ideal pairings to go with the unique aroma and flavour of the myrcene terpene, we’ve got you covered!
For the most part, and this likely won’t come as a shock, myrcene pairs best with more flavourful cannabis strains.
That said, the benefit of eating one mango or multiple mangoes isn’t specific to one benefit.
In fact, eating a mango before smoking weed grants your body a decent enough amount of time to digest it. So, in this way, it can also help lessen food cravings and minimize the potential of suffering from monstrous munchies later on.
While the best beneficial timing for consuming mangoes remains up for debate among blazers, no matter when you eat them, it should still enhance your high and make the effects feel more intense.
In this way, as long as the myrcene and other terpenes are present in your system at the same time as the cannabinoids in the marijuana, you’re Gucci, gang!
Weed and Mangoes – A Tasty Treat to Enhance THC
On top of being a fabulous fruit, who knew that mangoes were packed with so many other benefits!
With its handy-dandy myrcene terpene, this tasty tropical treat works wonders to help enhance the effects of your mystical and magical marijuana while also making the high itself last longer.
So, if you’re ever in a pinch and looking for helpful methods to take your experience to the next level, now you know that you can head down to your local grocery store and pick up some fresh mangoes for an easy yet healthy fix!
The beauty of this bodacious bud benefit is that the evidence is backed by research and science to legitimize the claim that tokers have been swearing up and down to be true.
With this in mind, try experimenting with mangoes during your next sesh and let us know if you notice the difference!