Food intake allows us to explore new ways of boosting the effect of cannabis as we combine it with foods that bond chemically and work together in our bodies. Cannabis contains molecules that are similar to those found in foods like fruits and vegetables, and also terpenes—the compounds that provide aroma and flavour, which are also found in other plants like rosemary, lavender, and cocoa. Terpenes are the building bricks of essential oils and the basis of aromatherapy. Over the last few years, the development of the cannabis industry has allowed us to find cannabis derivatives enhanced with added aromas and flavours on store shelves, but we can achieve the same effect by combining our strain with food the right way. A synergy between food components creates the well-known entourage effect.
Mangoes: The Mothers of Myrcene
Large amounts of myrcene are found in both mangoes and cannabis, so this is why many people recommend having a mango 30 minutes before vaping or smoking weed. This is also indicated for treatments using cannabis oil or CBD-rich tinctures. The resulting effect will be a feeling of complete relaxation amplified by the synergy between mango compounds, myrcene, and cannabis. Choosing the right mangoes is as important as knowing how to combine them with cannabis. The amount of myrcene varies from one fruit to another and this will also determine the effect we will obtain. When it comes to combining cannabis and mangoes, what matters is that both products should be of good quality and free of additives such as pesticides, chemical substances, or preservatives. Ideally, the fruit should be fresh and newly picked.
Anandamide: The Secret Behind Chocolate
Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the perception of appetite, pain, memory, mood, and the sense of well-being. This very same neurotransmitter is present in cannabis and combining it will provide an immediate feeling of well-being. Now you may guess why chocolate brownies have given cannabis cuisine such a renowned reputation. Chocolate can be taken before, after, or while ingesting cannabis.
Limonene: Citrus Flavours within Arm’s Reach
Limonene is a monoterpene that can be found in large quantities in the peels of citrus fruits and the different kinds of lemons. This terpene is also present in cannabis and is responsible for its citrus aroma. Limonene can be administered by inhaling essential oils, eating fresh citrus fruits, or ingesting cannabis with high limonene contents. This natural compound contributes to the entourage effect improving mucous permeability and providing benefits for the skin and the digestive tract. As is the case with mangoes, it is advisable to opt for organic products that have not been cultivated using chemical additives that affect their synergy with cannabis.