Eating food and consuming cannabis go together like Nutella and toast. However, brainlessly chowing down on junk food can be bad news for your waistline and health goals. Thankfully, there are foods that you can eat that will not only taste great but can accentuate your high. Here are some of the best foods to consume after smoking marijuana.
Cater to your sweet tooth without any guilt by biting into a fresh, juicy mango. Mangoes are rich in myrcene.
Myrcene is a terpene, which is an aromatic molecule that gives mango its sweet citrusy scent. It’s also behind this fruit’s many health benefits. Additionally, myrcene can improve your high.
Myrcene is known to lower resistance for crossing the blood-brain barrier. The brain is where a lot of CB1 receptors live. These particular receptors are the ones that THC binds to, which creates the sense of euphoria that we experience when consuming cannabis.
So when consuming mangoes, THC in marijuana, or other beneficial cannabinoids in hemp, have easier access to the brain. Then, these cannabinoids can interact with CB1 receptors that influence mood, sleep, and feeling high!
2. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is a superfood that pairs superbly with weed. That’s why chocolates are the most popular options for cannabis edibles at dispensaries.
This delicious treat is teeming with polyphenols, which are excellent for a healthy body. However, chocolate is also rich in anandamide.
Our bodies also produce anandamide as a neurotransmitter. These types of chemicals influence how the brain works.
Anandamide got its name from the word “ananda,” which in Sanskrit translates to “bliss” or “happiness.” It helps accentuate the euphoria we feel when consuming cannabis.
Not only is anandamide a neurotransmitter, but it’s an endocannabinoid. That means it interacts with the same receptors that cannabis molecules do.
So if you find the munchies creeping up, just make sure your chocolate is as close to 100% cacao as possible. The more additives in the chocolate, the less effective it will be.
Start squeezing limes because guac is on the menu for your next high. Avocados are a smash after a smoke session!
77% of the calories in avocados are fats. Don’t worry! That’s a good thing for your health and your high.
For one, the main fats in avocados are monounsaturated. These are the healthiest fats in meals because their chemical bonds are the sturdiest. Their chains won’t break down like other fats that clog up the system.
Monounsaturated fats are less likely to cause high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In less severe cases, eating more monounsaturated fats can even reverse some effects of having too many saturated fats.
Fats are also essential for absorbing nutrients, THC, and other cannabinoids. They help shield these compounds from stomach acids, microbes, and other potential threats. That way, the proper nutrients or cannabinoids can be assimilated into the body and reach the organs, tissues, or receptors that need them!
Why else do you think Amsterdam rose to prominence with coffee shops? It’s the perfect backdrop to sell edibles and beverages that help you ride that wave, such as coffee.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight off free radicals that promote disease. They also compliment the intended effects of medical marijuana.
Nutrition aside, coffee is also a vasodilator. That means it makes your blood vessels smaller, so they can flow easier through the arteries. This allows other nutrients and cannabinoids to assimilate more effectively.
Also, caffeine is a stimulant. It can help make any activity you’re partaking in feel more engaging.
It’s time we started listening to our parents and eating more broccoli. Broccoli is a nutrient-dense superfood that also helps you sustain a good high.
We know that eating broccoli doesn’t sound enticing to some, but hear us out! Broccoli is rich in beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that is also commonly found in many cannabis plants.
While many cannabinoids interact with CB2 receptors, not many of them even bind to it. Beta-caryophyllene is one of the few molecules that can bind to the CB2 receptor. That makes this terpene truly unique and influential.
CB2 receptors are typically found in the immune system, digestive system, and other organs and tissues. They don’t cause mind-altering effects like CB1 receptors do. However, CB2 receptors influence how we experience pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
The most common cannabinoid to influence CB2 receptors is CBD. CBD promotes homeostasis (balance) within the system. So, when CBD interacts with CB2 receptors, it can counteract the effects of THC.
Beta-caryophyllene in broccoli doesn’t do this. Instead, it promotes many effects similar to CBD, like joint comfort and better immunity, without sacrificing your high.
By eating broccoli, you can still feel the effects of THC and enjoy similar benefits of CBD. That’s like having your cake and eating it, too…if the cake were made of broccoli!
6. Sweet Potatoes
Become a healthier couch potato by cutting up and roasting some sweet potatoes. This root vegetable is rich in B-Vitamins. B-Vitamins are like little catalysts for your cells. These nutrients help power cells so that you can feel your best.
B-Vitamins, particularly B6, are especially important for the production of serotonin, our feel-good molecule. Therefore, eating sweet potatoes can help you get more enjoyment out of your high.
Roasting or fan-prying sweet potatoes can also be useful if you’ve had a little too much to smoke and are feeling anxious. Serotonin will help offset real-time stress so that you can go back to living your best life.
When eating sweet potatoes, try not to pair them with protein-heavy foods. Too much protein can slow down your metabolism and can make it more challenging for the minerals in sweet potatoes to make serotonin.
Rethink your sweet potato consumption by using it as a snack. Make a baked sweet potato and fill it with walnuts and applesauce. Top it with cinnamon!
You can also cut the potatoes into wedges and make sweet potato fries. Dip them in guacamole. Trust us, your high and tastebuds will thank you.
Lastly, don’t feel too guilty for snacking on sweet potatoes. They are full of resistant carbs, which your body burns off slowly. You will have more sustained energy, feel satiated for longer, and be less likely to binge-eat snack foods!
Now that you have the top 5 foods for complementing your high, it’s time to get in the kitchen. Bon Appetit!