Can eating Mangos before consuming marijuana really make you higher and make your high last longer? Are there other foods that have the same results? Or could it all a myth, propagated by the increasing popularity of marijuana? My personal aim is not getting high, but using Medical Marijuana for relief of pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and migraines. So I ask if this is true could it help me get better and longer lasting relief? These are some questions I set out to answer when researching for this article. So, what are the answers? First I must stay true to my passion for Natural Health and tell you the benefits of this super-food, so even if this is just a myth maybe you will consider adding Mangoes to your diet anyway.
A few facts about Mangos:
According to Wikipedia: Mangoes are juicy stone fruit from numerous species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant family, cultivated mostly for their edible fruit. Almost all these species are found in nature as wild mangoes. They belong to the same family of trees that produce cashews. Mangoes are native to South Asia and have been distributed worldwide to become one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the tropics.
Nutrition facts: In addition to being a delicious tropical fruit, mangoes provide a multitude of nutrients. They are high in Vitamins; A, B’s, C, E, K, Folate and Minerals; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc. What makes it even better is this nutritious and delicious fruit is available year around and adds great flavor to a well balanced diet.
* One cup of mango is just 100 calories and it’s a satisfyingly sweet treat.
* Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
* Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping make them a super-food.
It appears after my research that this is not just a myth, but a fact. The chemical compound in Mangos responsible for this effect is myrcene. It can also be found in hops, lemongrass, thyme, and marijuana. Myrcene has been discovered by scientist to increase, strengthen, and even lengthen the euphoric feelings felt after smoking marijuana. This chemical compound in Mangos supposedly decreases the time it takes for THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, to reach your brain and increases the length and intensity of your high. On average, it takes THC seven seconds to reach the brain after inhaling. But if you eat a mango, drink a mango smoothie, or mango juice one hour before smoking, you could potentially cut that time in half. As well as the length of the high and its time duration could be up to twice as long. Individuals who eat mango, digest it, and then smoke have noted the euphoric feelings felt by marijuana are much more intense. This is perfect for medical marijuana patients who would like an increased amount of pain relief and increase the length of that relief. However, this is not a sure fire effect. It is difficult for Myrcene to reach the bloodstream because it is not easily absorbed by the stomach and then not likely to survive liver metabolism. Due to this other cultures have found ways to help absorption by adding lemon rind and black pepper to their Mango. The rind of the lemon contains the compound terpenes, which is in the same class of compounds found in Mangos, so it increases the amount of myrcene available for absorption. So, it is important to note different speeds in metabolism effect absorption, so for those experimenting with Mangos and Marijuana may need to try different lengths of time and eating different Mango mixtures to get the best results.
Other foods that may have a similar effect:
Nuts: The Omega 3 fatty acids found in nuts actually bind with the cannabinoids in marijuana to make your high hit you much faster. It also makes it last longer.
Broccoli: This vegetable has been known to reduce pain, and with high levels of terpene, it binds with cannabinoids in marijuana to also fight depression.
Tea: Drinking tea, which contains antioxidants that bind with cannabinoid receptors, improves your mood and helps you relax.
As for me, I tried Mango before consuming marijuana and I didn’t notice a difference, but I have a very slow metabolism, so I need to try different lengths of time and amounts of Mango before I know if it works for me. I often make a cup of sleepy time tea with some decarboxylated keif before bed and I sleep extremely well. (*I like my tea strong so I’m sure that helps.) I also often snack on nuts, but haven’t noticed it helps my medicine work any better, however I will experiment with eating different nuts, at different times to see if I notice anything. I will do an update to let you know how my experimenting is going.
Happy experimenting and please leave me a comment if you try these suggestions or know of other things that help you get the most out of your Medicine.