Though no direct studies have been conducting comparing the effects of marijuana and mangoes, some limited conclusions may be drawn. Of particular interest is a Texas A&M study about mangoes and breast cancer where researchers studied the anti-inflammatory properties of mangoes. As marijuana is also considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, this gives a convincing data point about how the combination of cannabis and mangoes could be beneficial to some patients. Like other combinations, however, different patients may experience far different results.
Like most fruits, mangoes are low in calories and chock full of nutritional value, particularly in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And beyond eating a mango all by itself, you can also add this fruit to chutneys, salsas, fruit cocktails, fruity deserts or as juice in a drink. All by itself, mangoes are beneficial to your health. When mixed with cannabis, you can enjoy a double dose of benefit.
Think about it this way. When you eat a mango, as you would eat any other fruit, its components are dumped into your bloodstream not long after the food reaches your stomach. In the case of mangoes and marijuana being used in close timing with one another, the terpenes released from the mango into your bloodstream meet up with the myrcene terpenes from the THC in marijuana. And in addition to faster bioavailability, this double punch extends the efficacy of both as well.
Many cannabis pairings evolve around a compound that enhances both additions. Mango and cannabis are no different. Both contain terpenes – an organic compound found in many types of plants. Marijuana and mangoes specifically play host to myrcene terpenes, which represent the scents associated with these and other natural substances. In particular, terpenes are found where CBD and THC are in the plant makeup of cannabis. These terpenes are responsible for slipping THC past the blood/brain barrier faster. Interestingly, mangos share these compounds with cannabis. That means that when mangoes and cannabis are combined, they may be able to deliver a one-two punch against your ailments.
The number of ways to incorporate medical marijuana into your daily medical regimen is almost as vast as the number of conditions cannabis can beneficially impact. From glaucoma to symptoms related to HIV/AIDS, and from inflammation to depression and anxiety, the applications for medical marijuana span the entire healthcare field. And nearly as numerous as the ways to use marijuana are the strains available – and the other foods or substances cannabis can be paired or mixed with for optimum efficacy. One newly popular pairing is between medical cannabis and a tasty-but-somewhat-obscure fruit: the tropical mango.
Even with a lack in funding and research, previously conducted studies do show promise. Consider findings about reduction in pain from cancer studies, the relief of muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis studies and the approval of marijuana byproducts for use in FDA-approved medications like Dronabinal and Nabilone.
Never tried a mango? You’re in good company. Although this fruit is considered to be one of the more luscious of the tropical fruits, it’s a more recent addition to most diets. As it’s become more widely available, it’s also grown exponentially in popularity. The mango originates in India, and healers there have used the various parts of the mango for centuries in Eastern remedies.
Unfortunately, marijuana has not yet been rescheduled as a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government. Furthermore, less than half of the states in the US have legalized marijuana. Not only does this situation mean that many patients desperate for relief are left without any access to cannabis, but it also means that research – and important research dollars – are extraordinarily hampered. So while millions of patients can attest anecdotally to the impact of THC and CBD, and while limited studies show promise in its use, the science behind cannabis needs far more attention than it’s gotten thus far.
It’s important to discuss how medical marijuana may be beneficial as a part of your healthcare routine with your primary practitioner. Unfortunately, if you live in one of the 27 states that has yet to legalize marijuana, your hands many be tied. If you live in a state considering passing new marijuana legislation, you can get involved in local efforts to support the passage of relevant bills. You may also seek out practitioners in nearby states where marijuana use is already legal. Doing so may run you afoul of your local laws, however, so proceed at your own risk whenever you have marijuana on your person in a state where it is illegal.
The number of ways to incorporate medical marijuana into your daily medical regimen is almost as vast as the number of conditions cannabis can beneficially impact. From glaucoma to symptoms related to HIV/AIDS, and from inflammation to depression and anxiety, the applications for medical marijuana span the entire healt
The scientific enquiry into terpenes continues to increase, revealing a world of complexity behind these wonderful compounds. When it comes to myrcene and what it actually does, there seem to be 3 main hypotheses:
In fact, the GABA system is the most plausible explanation for the mango-THC phenomenon. After all, THC’s effects are often mellow and somewhat sleepy. A person may experience those effects much more strongly with the additional synergistic effect of GABA enhancers such as myrcene. This means that if GABA truly is responsible for the intensified high, then the effect may not be limited to mangoes. Lavender is also a GABA enhancer, and its effects on a cannabis high could be well worth exploring as well.
Mangoes have an extremely high concentration of myrcene, the same terpene that is responsible for intensifying the cannabis high. According to Neutraceuticals, myrcene supposedly does this by increasing the permeability of the blood brain barrier (BBB). The BBB is a protective mechanism of the brain, limiting the amount of intoxicants and foreign materials that can make their way to the brain.
So next time you are wondering what to eat for dessert, choose a mango! Then, enjoy a nice long smoking session and bathe in the intensified feelings of couch-lock!
There are many theories about how to intensify your cannabis high including hitting the gym before a session and taking a tolerance break. However, according to some exciting observations, it may be a lot easier to enjoy a longer lasting high than abstaining from weed for a while. The answer? Mangoes.
Let’s go back to Ethan Russo’s anonymous subject, who reported myrcene as an enhancer of the effect of THC. The subject described the enhanced effect as more “mellow” and “sleepy”, something like being couch-locked. Combined with the lemongrass research mentioned above, researchers attributed the relaxing effects of myrcene to its intersection with GABAergic systems.
Can the widely available and so innocent-looking mango actually increase the effects of cannabis? Some sources suggest that a compound in mangoes can intensify the effects of THC. But how exactly does it do that? After a little bit of research, we discovered that it’s a little more complicated than you think!
- To start with, Ethan Russo reported in his Handbook of Cannabis that one anonymous subject reported that THC mixed with myrcene produced stronger effects than without myrcene. It seems to be a common theme in scientific research, with myrcene medically yielding sedative like effects. With that being said, those observations were made on mice, and researchers don’t know if the sedative effect carries over onto humans.
- Another study showed that, in mice, myrcene produced anti-convulsant effects, supporting the sedative-like abilities of this terpene. This 2011 study might also offer an explanation of how myrcene might increase the THC high. The researchers were testing the effects of lemongrass essential oil, in which myrcene is a huge component. They found that the terpene’s effect on the GABAergic system produces anxiolytic effects (in mice, of course).
- Finally, one of the last suggestions for myrcene’s ability to intensify the cannabis high is that myrcene is a positive allosteric modulator of the human CB receptors. Simply put, the hypothesis means that myrcene might increase the activity of cannabinoid receptors. In March 2019, researchers discovered that in a simulated lab setting, myrcene does not directly activate the CB receptors. This doesn’t mean that the hypothesis is debunked, but that it has become a less likely explanation until more research has been done.
Unfortunately, most internet sources describe the mango effect in relation to the blood brain barrier, for which there is no solid scientific evidence to back it up. The more likely explanation is that myrcene affects the GABA system, working synergistically with THC for the couch-lock effect.
Does eating mangoes ensure a greater and longer lasting high during cannabis consumption? Myth or reality – we take a closer look.