We all have reasons for smoking weed, but most of us can agree that feeling stoned is one of them. You probably know that strains high in THC will give you the face-numbing, body-buzzing effect you're looking for. What you might not know is that you don't have to smoke the strongest stuff available to feel baked.
Eating certain foods before toking up can actually make it easier for your body to absorb the THC from your favorite weed and feel a stronger effect.
When you're about to smoke and are presented with a choice between Flamin' Hot Cheetos or a mango, the more desirable option is clear. You'd smash that bag of salty snacks in a minute. But, if you could put those munchies aside, you'd find that mango is actually the better choice. Not only are mangos and other whole foods obviously more healthful for your body, they can intensify the effects of smoking weed.
Research shows that consuming foods rich in terpenes, cannabinoids, and omega-3 fatty acids help increase THC absorption for an enhanced experience.
Here are the best foods to increase THC absorption and help you feel extra-stoned. Because if you wanted a weak high, you would've just rolled a joint from the cheap bag of schwag from your little brother's sock drawer.
Best foods to eat to increase THC absorption
Like cannabis, mango contains terpenes that give it a strong flavor and aroma. In particular, mango is rich in a terpene called myrcene. It's believed that myrcene contributes to the sedative effects of strong Indicas and acts as a muscle relaxant. In other words, snacking on some mango an hour before smoking will really help you melt into your couch and enjoy that movie.
Nuts and eggs
Nuts and eggs are both high in omega-3 fatty acids, which a group of Italian researchers in a study released in 2014 found help ease the symptoms of depression and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Aside from being important for your overall health, the omega-3 fatty acids in nuts and eggs bind to the cannabinoids in weed. This helps move THC through the blood-brain barrier more efficiently to make you feel high faster. Step away from the Cheetos and pick up a handful of walnuts or make an omelet instead.
Smoke your greens and eat them, too. Munching on some broccoli while rolling a joint could enhance your chill on a mellow indica evening. Broccoli contains high levels of a terpene called beta–caryophyllene, which shows promise for relieving anxiety and depression.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which according to findings published in the journal Obesity Research are linked to increased production of serotonin, a “feel-good” brain chemical. They also contain high levels of mood-boosting vitamin B6, which helps regulate our emotions. Snacking on sweet potato fries pre-toke can bust your blues and help you enjoy the effects of an uplifting sativa.
This should go without saying, but consuming these foods on their own won't make you high – no matter how much you eat. Rather, the chemical properties of mango, nuts, broccoli, and sweet potato interact with our endocannabinoid systems in a way that improves THC absorption, intensifying the experience of smoking weed.