If you’re a regular cannabis user, you may have noticed the intensity of your high decreasing over time. This happens when prolonged marijuana use reduces the amount of cannabinoid type 1 receptors in the brain, resulting in an increased tolerance to the substance.
Here are some tips and tricks to help boost the effects of marijuana and enhance your high.
What to eat:
This delicious fruit is packed full of Myrcene, an oil that helps THC break through the blood-brain barrier more quickly and bind to receptors in the brain.
Eating mangos 30-45 minutes before your smoke session should make your high come faster, last longer, and be more intense.
Edibles made from dark chocolate are more than just tasty — they’re hard-hitting too. Dark chocolates that contain cacao are a great source of anandamide.
This compound, which is also found in cannabis, creates intense feelings of euphoria. If you consume cacao along with you’re weed, you’ll stay lifted much longer.
Green and black teas have a high concentration of catechin, an antioxidant that easily binds with the CB1 receptors of the brain.
When you mix this with cannabis, you enhance your high and increase the feelings of happiness of relaxation.
Omega-3 fatty acids, eaten 30 minutes before you smoke, can intensify your high and make it last longer. This process works because the omega-3 acids bind to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors and encourage THC to pass more quickly over the blood-brain barrier.
Luckily, there’s a lot of scrumptious options when it comes to foods high in omega-3. For your next munchie meal, try eggs, nuts, fish, avocados, or even hemp.
What to do:
A study from 2013 found that cannabis users who engaged in cardio exercises before smoking experienced a 15% increase in THC levels in their blood. This works because cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow and encourages THC to be released from stored body fat.
To feel this effect, try running or biking for 35 minutes immediately before consuming cannabis.
Store your weed
How you store your marijuana at home can have a huge impact on its potency and shelf life. Your bud is incredibly sensitive to humidity, light, temperature, and even certain materials. Ensure that your weed is being stored in a location that is dry and cool enough to prevent mold, but not so dry that it causes your herb to crumble.
Weed purchased at dispensaries typically comes in plastic containers, but plastic can actually carry an electric charge and end up damaging your weed. Storing marijuana in a glass container with humidity control is the ideal setup.
Take a break
If you want to get high like the first time all over again, you’ll have to reset your body back all over again too. Using cannabis on a regular basis will raise your tolerance and make it impossible to reach the same high as before. Since THC is stored in the body’s fat cells, the amount of time needed for your tolerance to bounce back will vary depending on your weight, metabolism, and activity level.
While taking a break for just a few days should do the trick, abstaining for a whole month will ensure that your system has been totally flushed of THC. The longer you wait, the more intense your next high will be.
What not to do:
Don’t hold in your hit
You’ve probably heard this one before: take a big hit and hold it in for as long as possible to maximize the effects. It makes sense when you think about it — you’re giving your lungs plenty of time to process all the THC. And if you’ve tried this before yourself, you might be thinking right now that you KNOW it works because you’ve felt it. The truth, however, is that this trick is nothing more than a stoner myth.
Your lungs are quite amazing at their job, and work pretty much instantly. Some research suggests that 95% of all THC is absorbed by the lungs immediately after being inhaled. If this method actually does make you feel more high, it’s likely you’re just experiencing some lightheadedness from oxygen deprivation.
Don’t try synthetic cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes called fake weed, K2, or spice, are a man-made substance that affects the same receptors in the brain as THC. Many users claim that the high from synthetic weed is stronger than the one produced from smoking natural cannabis.
Unlike real marijuana, K2 offers no medicinal benefits, and in fact can be quite dangerous. Some people who have tried the drug have even ended up in the emergency room with rapid heart rate, vomiting, and other troubling symptoms.
These fun, healthy tips for increasing your high are perfect for getting the most bang out of your bud. Test these methods out for yourself and see which ones work the best for you. Consume responsibly and stay lifted!