Cannabis Science

17 December 2018

Mango: A Cannaisseur’s best friend

How mango can help to boost your high

By Herbert M. Green

Who would have thought that a yummy tropical fruit could help you get even higher than you’d be without it? Guess what! It’s true. As scientific research on the chemical compounds in cannabis continues to intensify, those clever lab jockeys figured out that mangoes can give your high a considerable boost. How? Read on and be amazed.

The smell of fresh dirt

Munching on a fresh mango or drinking a yummy mango smoothie 45 minutes to an hour before toking on your favorite strain, will radically increase the euphoric feeling, or amplify the pain relieving qualities of any strain. This is because cannabis and mangoes both have a significant amount of the terpene Myrcene, 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 through a synergy process called the ‘Entourage Effect. The average time for THC to reach the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) receptors in the brain, thus making you high, is about seven seconds. However, if you have eaten 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. In addition, the duration and strength of your high are 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 by myrcene.

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 be one of the magic ingredients.

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Herbert M. Green
Herbert lives and breaths cannabis. And when he’s not breathing it, he’s writing about it. If he’s not doing that, he’s reading about its history or politics. If not reading about cannabis, he’s talking about it, in the hopes he can change the world’s view on cannabis.
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