I thought it would be interesting to discuss how certain foods interact with cannabinoids and increase the intensity of the psychotropic effects of THC. I will be examining the anandamides in dark chocolate and the terpene, myrcene, in mangoes.
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for creating a feeling of bliss and happiness by boosting serotonin and dopamine levels. It is an endocannabinoid and binds to THC receptors in the brain. It influences pain, appetite and fertility as well as memory and motivation. It can also stop cancer cell generation. It has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. Like every other neurotransmitter, it breaks down very quickly in the body, so its effects do not last long. Dark chocolate contains several anandamide-like substances.
Cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and anandamide are keys that fit into cannabinoid receptor sites in mammals. Because the make up of anandamides are slightly different than THC, they have slightly different effects. The two cannabinoids together are shown to intensify the effects of the THC, thereby making the effects of the cannabis last longer.
Next up are mangoes. There are strong similarities between the terpene, myrcene, in both mangoes and cannabis flowers. When they are consumed together, it causes a faster, stronger and longer lasting high. Myrcene is responsible for giving mangoes their distinctive smell. It is found in high concentration in cannabis and hops. Myrcene can increase the permeability of cell membranes in the human body. Simply put, when the myrcene found in mangoes is ingested, it makes cell membranes in the brain more receptive to absorbing the cannabinoids.
Its medicinal properties include pain-relief and sleep aids. It also may control insulin levels in diabetics and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Many cannabis users have experienced faster effects of the THC when they consume a mango 45 minutes before they smoke or vape. Mangoes are also rich in Vitamin A and C.
It not only prolongs the pain relieving effects of the medical cannabis, but it improves digestion, memory and concentration. Be sure to allow your mango to fully ripen to get the most benefit. If you have a faster metabolism, you will need to consume more of the fruit than a person with a slower metabolism.
Eating these foods with your medical cannabis may have positive effects on your wallet. It may make your monthly supply last longer!