When beginning smoking marijuana for the first few times, it can be euphoric more than if a person has been smoking for a while. At first, when a person starts smoking it, it seems like the best feeling in the world, but over time, tolerance increases to the level that you just get slightly buzzed. While all the other joints throughout the day, are an attempt to chase the high of that first joint. Luckily, there are ways you can enhance your marijuana high.
1. A natural method to increase your marijuana high is through Myrcene, which is a terpene found in cannabis, as well as mangoes, bay leaves, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and numerous other plants. Myrcene is a powerful painkiller, muscle relaxant, sedative, and contributes to treating diabetes, insomnia, stress, inflammation, and cancer. Myrcene is also found in ripe mangoes are in abundance from this chemical, which contributes to the delivery of THC to the brain. Lower quality strains have less myrcene.
A 1997 study conducted at the Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture, which analyzed the contents of steam distilled cannabis essential oil, identified myrcene as the most abundant terpene.
Interestingly, the consumption of mango 45 minutes before inhaling or eating cannabis will result in a faster onset and greater intensity of the psychoactive effects. This is because the myrcene in the fruit allows certain chemicals, such as THC, to cross the blood-brain barrier more easily. The effects of the high will increase significantly, and it will last longer.
2. Eating marijuana in any form can be substantially better than smoking because it lasts much longer, and delivers a much more euphoric body high. You can use any heated substance containing fat with marijuana, and add it to the food you’re eating. Cannabutter is a great way to get THC and CBD into the body spread on a slice of toast or added to any recipe. Since THC has an affinity with fats, it will help deliver the THC into your bloodstream.
3. Cannabis and chocolate have gone hand-in-hand for decades, most commonly in the form of pot brownies and medicated chocolate bars. Research shows there’s a reason that chocolate has such a synergistic relationship with weed. Dark chocolate, in particular, because of the high content of cacao causes anandamide, the brain’s built-in bliss chemical, to take an extraordinarily long time to break down, prolonging the euphoria pot produces in the process. The key is to eat the darkest chocolate possible — 72 percent cacao or higher gives added antioxidant effect.
4. Consuming foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids 30 minutes before lighting up can reliably boost a buzz. To optimize your body’s ability to synthesize cannabis and receive the full effects of the plant, maintain an equal portion of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. For most of us, this means an increase of foods rich in omega-3’s like eggs, fish, avocado, walnuts, flax and chia seeds — and don’t forget our favorite — hemp!
Take a Break
5. Take a tolerance break and stay off marijuana for a week or more to get the THC out of your system. THC gets stored in the fat cells of your body, and if you’ve been smoking frequently for a long time, there is probably a lot of THC in the fats cells of your body. This applies even more if you have an abundance of fat cells, i.e. if you are overweight.
Past research has indicated that regular cannabis consumers do indeed build up a tolerance to the drug. A study by Dr. Miles Herkenham of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the cannabinoid receptor system and its tolerance to cannabis came to the following conclusion:
“The effect … is time- and dose-dependent, and is reversible, and thus appears to be cannabinoid receptor mediated. The result [of the study] has implications for the consequences of chronic high levels of drug use in humans, suggesting diminishing effects with greater levels of consumption.”
For those looking to flush their body completely, try pushing past the two-week mark, as THC and other compounds can remain in one’s system for more than 30 days.
Generally speaking, a few days without cannabis should be enough to begin to notice the return of the psychoactive effects, while abstaining for a week or two is recommended to help get a consumer over the hump and shake up his or her usual routine. Once the mind has acclimated to its new clear-headed groove and the body has adjusted, it’s a good sign that the break has taken hold.
6. A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that THC levels in the brain increased by 15 percent after regular cannabis consumers did a little cardiovascular exercise prior to toking up. Participants did only 35 minutes of cardio on a stationary bike to get this effect.
Getting in shape can get you higher? I’ll vape to that.
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