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How Food Affects Your High

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It’s a long-standing stereotype that “stoners” love their snacks. No reason to be offended, stereotypes are always grounded in some truth. Cannabis does have the tendency to bring on a craving for some snacks. Marijuana munchies are brought on by the herb’s influence over the endocannabinoid system, which regulates homeostasis (sleep, memory, mood, and hunger) (source 1).

There’s more to the connection between marijuana and food than “the munchies”, though, which a lot of first-time users and even long-term proponents might not be aware of. Certain foods can actually impact the effect that cannabis has on your body. Interesting, right?

To enhance your high, try foods that have a high terpene count. This includes mangoes; nuts; herbs; and spices like thyme, sage, and bay leaf; as well as broccoli; and sweet potato.

Foods That Could Alter Your High

Though the terpenes in these different foods won’t give you the same experience as you’ll get from toking on a joint or eating a cannabis edible, they have been shown to help facilitate the passage of cannabinoids through the blood-brain barrier, which in-turn can lead to a faster on-set and extended high (source 2).

On the other hand, there are a few different foods that won’t help your high last longer or be “better” if you consume them once you’ve had a hit. This, of course, can be useful information for both proponents of that powerfully psychoactive THC buzz or anyone who is worried that they’re going to get “too” high or “green out”, which happens when you’ve consumed too much cannabis and start to feel ill.

Beer

Any frat kid can tell you that cannabis and beer aren’t the best combination, as ingesting cannabis at the same time as beer can increase your level of impairment. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry found that participants who had taken cannabis and alcohol together showed a “significantly higher blood THC” (source 3).

tea and cannabis calming effect
Sip tea to enhance the calming effects of cannabis.

Tea

Tea–at least the herbal variety–is almost synonymous with relaxation, and can actually be beneficial for people looking to regain some composure after inhaling a little too much ganga. Both black and green tea contain an antioxidant called catechin, with green containing significantly more. Catechin binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain to promote feelings of peace and relaxation, in essence, providing a counterbalance to the chaos that may have been induced by cannabis (source 4).

Herbs and spices containing Limonene

Going back to the point on terpenes, limonene, which commonly occurs in cannabis strains like Tangerine Dream, are said to counteract the negative side effects of weed (source 5). Easily kick an uncomfortable high with herbs like:

  • lemon thyme
  • lemongrass
  • lemon basil

Citric Acid

a slice of lemon in bubbly water
Citrus fruits like lemon can counteract a too-intense high.

Studies suggest that acidic fruits like oranges and lemons can help combat an intense trip (source 6). This affect may again be attributed to the terpene content of the fruit, which can also be enhanced by adding the peel to some freshly squeezed juice.

Black pepper

A tried and true antidote for a high that is uncomfortable, black pepper has long been employed by smokers. Black pepper and cannabis are chemically similar, and the terpene caryophyllene found in pepper can target the same receptors that are activated by THC to produce a calming effect (source 7).

If you’re looking to maintain your buzz, you may want to consider steering clear some of the foods mentioned above, but they may also prove to be your best friend in an uncomfortable situation. Either way, it couldn’t hurt to keep snacks with high terpene counts in your pantry should the occasion arise.

Of course, the best way to guarantee a clean and potent high is to fill your garden with top-quality cannabis seed strains like Sour Kush and Great White Shark–you’ll always get a good high with good herb!

 

 

External References

  1. CNN. (2024). “Why does smoking pot give you the munchies?” Retrieved from the CNN website.
  2. Cali Terpenes. (2024). “Do Terpenes Amplify or Improve the Effects of Cannabinoids? Science Answers.” Retrieved from the Cali Terpenes website.
  3. Association for Diagnostics and Laboratory Medicine (ADLM). (2015). “Research Shows That Any Dose of Alcohol Combined With Cannabis Significantly Increases Levels of THC in the Blood.” Retrieved from the ADLM website.
  4. National Library of Medicine. (2020). “Beneficial Properties of Green Tea Catechins.” Retrieved from the National Library of Medicine website.
  5. Forbes. (2024). “Limonene Terpene Reduces THC-Induced Anxiety, Study Finds.” Retrieved from the Forbes website.
  6. National Library of Medicine. (2011). “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects.” Retrieved from the National Library of Medicine website.
  7. National Library of Medicine. (2022). “Effects of super-class cannabis terpenes beta-caryophyllene and alpha-pinene on zebrafish behavioural biomarkers.” Retrieved from the National Library of Medicine website.

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