Terpenes are a hot topic in the world of cannabis. More than 100 varieties of terpenes, the fragrant oils that give the plant its smell, have been identified in cannabis. They originate in the flowerâ€™s resin glands, alongside THC and CBD, but they are not unique to cannabis. Terpenes are abundant in many fruits and plants.
Like cannabinoids, terpenes are believed to influence the cannabis experience by binding to receptors in the brain, with different terpenes offering different therapeutic benefits. Eating foods that are high in terpenes and Omega-3 fatty acids could also impact how your body interacts with cannabis, according to research published in the American Journal of Translational Research.
And while everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system and experiences cannabis differently, GreenState has published a list of five foods that, according to science, might just boost your high.
Fatty foods can help your body absorb cannabinoids like THC and CBD faster.
“CBD and THC compounds are fat-soluble, so fat is their medium,” clinical nutritionist Kelly Dorfman told GreenState. “If you consume them with foods that contain fat, they will absorb better — just like vitamin E generally absorbs better if it is taken in the oil form.”
Nuts are a healthy and high-fat option that might just lift you up a little higher while also providing protection to your heart. According to PotGuide, the high concentration of healthy fats in nuts can reduce heart rate and be beneficial for those with cardiovascular issues.
Mangoes are loaded with myrcene, one of the most commonly found terpenes in cannabis. Myrcene is believed to induce relaxing effects. If you eat a mango about an hour before you consume cannabis, the idea is that your cannabis receptors will be warmed up and ready to process the cannabis more efficiently.
Steep Hill Labs offers this explanation: “Myrcene has been shown to increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor, allowing for a greater maximum psychoactive effect. For most people, the consumption of a fresh mango, 45 minutes before inhaling cannabis, will result in a faster onset of psycho activity and greater intensity.”
Broccoli is already one of the healthiest things you can eat, it’s packed with iron, magnesium, selenium, fibre, and even protein, and offers a wide range of vitamins. Broccoli is also high in beta-caryophyllene, a terpene that is popular in cannabis. Pairing the two together can lead to a sense of calm, reports GreenState. Strains that are high in beta-caryophyllene, like Sour Diesel, may also reduce pain and inflammation.
Even before adding cannabis to the mix, sweet potatoes can help boost your mood by increasing serotonin production. But by pairing it with cannabis, the euphoric effects of the flower can be even stronger.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin E, a nutrient that plays a key role in the health of your brain while also protecting your heart. According to the Mayo Clinic, Vitamine E also has antioxidant properties.
Speaking of antioxidants, tea is full of them in the form of flavonoids, which also occur in cannabis.
“Polyphenols, or flavonoids, are likely a key component to what makes tea a healthful drink,” according to the Harvard School of Public Health. “These chemical compounds act as antioxidants, which control the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.”
Paired with cannabis, the antioxidants in tea can tip your cannabis experience towards sedation and relaxation. Cannabis tea is popular all over the world, and it’s believed that the first recorded medical prescription of pot, in 2737 BC, came in the form of cannabis-infused tea.