Your cannabis experience is about to get a whole lot better. Did you know that there are foods out there that can positively interact with cannabis to make your experience even more medicinal and reap even more of cannabis’ energizing effects? If you needed another reason to eat these healthy foods, here you go.
Your favorite tropical fruit is chock-full of myrcene, a terpene that contributes to a mangoes unique smell. You can also find myrcene in hoppy beers and cannabis. Myrcene happens to be one of the most common terpenes found in all cannabis strains.
Like all fruits and vegetables, you should eat a fully ripe and in-season mango to experience the best effects. Eat the mango about an hour before you consume your cannabis. The myrcene in mangoes and cannabis makes it easier for cells in your brain to be more receptive to the cannabinoids that impart stimulating effects. Mangoes’ vitamins and antioxidant powers make it a great snack to munch on while you’re enjoying your cannabis.
Many cannabis users can relate to the experience of impatiently waiting for the edibles or any other cannabis product to kick in. While you’re waiting, stock up on nuts which contain high levels of essential fatty acids like Omega-3. This healthy fat can improve cannabinoids’ ability to reach your brain.
The Omega-3 in nuts helps you cut down on the time you have to wait to get high and makes your experience last longer. Additionally, nuts have a lot of heart-protective properties to keep your cardiovascular system healthy and your heart rate at normal levels.
3. Sweet Potatoes
If you take cannabis for its blissful and invigorating effects, taking it with sweet potatoes can increase those feel-good feelings. Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and vitamins E and B which increase serotonin production in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating your mood.
Remember to keep your protein intake to a minimum when you’re consuming the combination of cannabis and sweet potatoes. Protein can block serotonin production. If you’re not keen on sweet potatoes, pumpkin also has tons of vitamin E and can contribute to your positive mood.
Broccoli contains beta-caryophyllene, a terpene that helps cannabis reduce inflammation, pain, and some symptoms of depression. Broccoli alone won’t give you a high, but if you consume it beforehand, it can help active compounds in cannabis bind better to cell receptors in your body that need anti-inflammatory help. This is yet another why our parents were right about filling up on greens. If you have any inflammation, cannabis and broccoli can help reduce it.
Both black and green teas contain catechin, an antioxidant that contributes to tea’s calming and relaxing effects. Drinking tea with cannabis can help you relax after a long day of work. Tea may also help those who are experiencing paranoid or anxious effects after consuming cannabis.
Other foods like coconut oil, chocolate, and herbs and spices can also enhance your cannabis experience. The next time you light up, make sure to pair it with these healthy foods.