mango's a stoners best freind

How Mango’s create a better and stronger high

Mango: A stoner’s best friend

 

 

By Herbert M. Green

 

Since the taboo surrounding the use of cannabis is slowly decreasing worldwide, scientific research has been steadily increasing. Interesting facts have come to light about the inner workings of our body in combination with the hundreds of compounds in cannabis. One of which is the fact that mangoes seem to amplify the effects of cannabis, resulting in a faster, stronger and longer lasting high!   

 

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The smell of fresh dirt

Munching on a fresh mango or drinking a yummy mango smoothie 45 minutes to an hour before enjoying some of your favorite strain, will drastically increase the euphoric feeling or the pain relieving qualities of any strain. This is because cannabis and mangos both have a significant amount of the terpene Myrcene in common, a chemical compound also found in the essential oils of other plants like hops and lemongrass. Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis and is the main reason why most strains share that earthy aroma.

 

Myrcene is the key to your brain

When you are smoking or vaping cannabis, the myrcene terpenes in the plant assist the THC molecules in passing through the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) more efficiently. The average time for THC to reach the Endocannabinoid system (the brain receptors that are activated by THC and other chemical compounds in cannabis) in your brain is about 7 seconds. However, if you have consumed a mango (or other plants that contain high amounts of myrcene) you effectively double the amount of myrcene in your bloodstream and because of this, the time it takes for THC to reach your brain is reduced by half. Besides that the duration and strength of your high is doubled as well, resulting in a much stronger euphoric feeling with sativa strains and a more sedated (or ‘couch locked’) feeling with indica strains. An added benefit for medicinal users is that the pain relieving and muscle relaxing qualities of cannabis are also increased.  

 

Myrcene swoops in for the assist!

A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology called “Taming THC: Potential Cannabis Synergy and Phytocannabinoid-terpenoid Entourage Effects,” suggests that myrcene does more than just boost your high. In high doses, myrcene is the stuff that makes you sleepy, and in combination with CBD, it helps to decrease inflammation. The same study even suggests that the combination of myrcene, CBD and CBG can help combat the growth of certain cancer tumors! Of course, there is a need for further study before we can conclusively say that consuming cannabis is the cure for (certain types of) cancer but in the meantime, it is a nice thought that it might hold the key!    

 

 

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