To the delight of stoners and sick people everywhere, we are emerging from the dark ages of the Prohibition-like ban on all things cannabis. As laws start to relax, there is an explosion of modern experimentation with weed-infused edibles, smokable strains with predictable and intentional highs, and new scientific magic. As we gain a greater understanding of the science behind marijuana in our bodies, we can tweak (boom!) the surrounding factors to control the effects.
The human brain contains receptors that are specifically designed to link up with cannabinoids, the active chemicals in cannabis. This has led scientists to hypothesize that humans and cannabis evolved alongside one another. In other words, weed is our plant ally, a fact that seems pretty obvious to most people who use it. There are around 400 cannabinoids: some of them make us goofy, others reduce inflammation or counteract pain, give us feelings of euphoria, or make us hungry.
And it turns out, pairing those magical floral compounds with other natural munchies can actually enhance your high. So next time you're locked into a day-long Lord of the Rings marathon, maybe ditch the Cheetos and go for one of these foods that could take you to the next level. Or just have both. Mangos pair surprisingly well with Flamin' Hots.
Topping the charts for enhancing the recreational use of marijuana is mango, thanks to its high content of compounds called mycene tarpenes. This works with the THC cannabinoid, which is responsible for the psychoactive effect of weed (the fun part of being high). The mycene tarpenes bind with the THC brain receptors, allowing your high to come on faster, stronger, and last longer. You can achieve this by eating a mango before or after you smoke... ideally both, because eating a mango when you have the munchies is the Best. Thing. Ever.