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Article Last Updated on December 25, 2022

If you’ve been a cannabis user for a while now, you might feel like you’ve somewhat aligned into a routine that feels repetitive and your cannabis high just doesn’t feel the same anymore. Or maybe you’re a medical marijuana user who has found that your regular cannabis use is not enough to keep the symptoms at bay anymore.

Whatever the reasons, we understand. The desire to improve your experience is completely normal, and you may be wondering if you can do something to get a stronger high out of your usual marijuana dose.

There’s a lot that you can do to perk it up, starting with the food you consume. Weed is known for giving you the munchies, so isn’t it best to reach for some foods that intensify its effects?

Some foods are known to contain chemical compounds that work synergistically with weed’s components, thereby allowing you to get the best of its psychoactive effects.

This is exactly what we’ll talk about below – which foods can help you intensify the effects of cannabis, plus some other ways you can change your weed routine up a bit.

Have Some Mangoes

Eating mangoes is one of the best ways to intensify the effects of weed. Mangoes are super delicious and super healthy, but in addition to being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, mangoes contain a large percentage of the terpene called myrcene which makes them so fragrant.

Myrcene is thought to be able to speed up the onset of THC as well as extend its effects because it helps the cannabinoid receptors to respond more efficiently to THC. This way, myrcene helps THC to cross the blood-brain barrier quickly and more effectively, causing you to feel the high more intensely.

For best results, consume mango in your preferred way about an hour before your marijuana session and enjoy the effects later.

Eat Some Crunchy Nuts

Nuts are great snacks in themselves, but they’re even better when you consume them before getting high. They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids that also work with the endocannabinoid system to help THC cross the blood-brain barrier more efficiently and be absorbed better.

Almonds, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are especially rich in omega-3, but don’t limit yourself, any kind of nuts is a great choice. Chia seeds, eggs, and fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel also contain omega-3s, so you can include that in the menu as well.

You can munch on your favorite type of nuts an hour before getting high, or you can even include them in an edible recipe, whatever you prefer.

Have Some Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are very nutritious. They are abundant in B vitamins which are known to be beneficial to the nervous system and help with the production of serotonin, the key hormone which regulates the mood. These properties work very well with the calming effects of marijuana, so consuming sweet potatoes beforehand will be a good choice.

Just remember that combining carbs with a lot of protein can decrease the production of serotonin, so consuming sweet potatoes on their own would be best.

Eat Your Broccoli

Broccoli is an unfairly dreaded vegetable, but you may grow to like it (if you don’t already) when you learn that it can enhance the effects of weed. Broccoli contains the terpene Beta-caryophyllene, which attaches to the cannabinoid receptors in the body, enabling THC to work more effectively. 

This vegetable is a great companion to Indica as it can enhance the relaxing properties of this strain. The result is a more intense high and a better mood.

Treat Yourself to Some Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is not only delicious, but it’s also a great pairing with weed. The cocoa present in dark chocolate can slow down the breakdown of the neurotransmitter anandamide, the chemical responsible for a good mood when you consume weed. This contributes to a longer-lasting high and more pronounced feelings of bliss. Therefore, opt for a chocolate bar that contains a larger percentage of cocoa (at least 65%).

Sip on Some Tea

Tea is a wonderful way to prime yourself up before you light up that joint. Herbal teas like lemon balm, lemongrass, or lemon thyme contain the terpene limonene that helps to prevent the side effects that can occur due to THC, such as anxiety and paranoia.

Green tea and black tea contain antioxidants called catechins that promote feelings of calmness. When taken in conjunction with weed, they bind to the cannabinoid receptors and both intensify the euphoria and elevate the mood.

Easy on the Alcohol

It’s a well-known fact that alcohol can dramatically increase the effects of THC and can even lead to adverse side effects. Therefore, you should be very cautious if you want to drink alcohol when you smoke weed. Steer clear from any kind of hard liquor – a beer may be your best choice due to its low alcohol percentage.

Other Things You Can Do

If you’ve found that the effects of weed on you are not the same as they used to be, maybe you need to change things up a bit. This can be a simple change like trying a new cannabis strain with higher THC levels, or you can also change up your method of consumption. There are many ways to consume weed and they all come with their perks:

  • Edibles are popular cannabis products known to produce a more intense and long-lasting high than smoking weed because the THC is metabolized in the liver and slowly released into the bloodstream. This also means that they take longer to kick in, but once they do, the effects are more strongly felt;
  • Vaping is another popular way of consuming weed due to its simplicity and portability. You can carry your vaporizer with you everywhere and vape discreetly so you can top up on THC whenever you need to;
  • Dabbing is a very effective method of consuming THC concentrates while using a lot less amount of product. Due to their potency, dabs are not at all recommended for inexperienced users, but if you’re a seasoned user and are in need of a change, maybe dabbing will be your cup of tea;
  • Pipes may sound old-fashioned, but smoking weed with a pipe can be very wholesome and satisfying. This method allows for THC and other cannabinoids to be released more freely compared to smoking, for example. This enables them to work together at the same time, a phenomenon called “the entourage effect”;
  • Gravity bongs may sound overwhelming, and to a great extent they are, but if you find that nothing else works for you, you can try this method. The smoke from a gravity bong is heavily concentrated with THC, so it’s very potent. Needless to say, this method is not recommended for beginners.

Finally, you can also take a tolerance break to give your system time to regroup and detoxify from THC on its own. After a sufficient amount of time, your built-up tolerance will go down and you’ll be back to where you were before.

Bottom Line

Finding new ways to improve your cannabis experience is always welcome and beneficial. Whether for medical or recreational reasons, sometimes your marijuana routine can become a little stale and you’ll be in need to change it up.

One of the ways to do it is to try consuming foods that contain ingredients that work to enhance the absorption of THC in the body or you can try a different method of consumption.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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