Besides being delicious, what do mangos and weed have in common? Terpenes! A terpene called myrcene to be exact.
Since both cannabis and mangoes produce this flavorful and aromatic compound, many stoners believe that eating the tropical fruit may intensify your high. But is there any truth to this urban legend? Read on to find out if eating mango boosts your high.
What are terpenes?
Before we get too deep into the validity of this old wives’ tale, let’s refresh your memory on terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that give certain plants, spices, herbs, and fruits their signature taste and aroma, including cannabis.
For example, that fresh pine scent that is prevalent in many cannabis strains comes from the terpene pinene. It can also be found in pine needles, rosemary, and basil. Linalool is another prominent terpene that’s not only found in cannabis but also in lavender and birch bark.
And they do far more than just give off an aroma or flavor. They also play a huge role in the effects you can expect from cannabis. For example, limonene (commonly found in citrus zest) is said to have energizing properties and linalool (usually associated with lavender) has been used as an herbal remedy for stress relief.
Although terpenes are tiny, they have a major impact on how cannabis interacts with your body.
What does the research say?
Both mangos and weed nugs contain myrcene, a common terpene known for its peppery or hoppy aroma and taste. Cannabis strains high in myrcene, like White Widow, Skunk XL, and Special Kush 1, have been reported to produce soothing or couch-locking effects. While there is no scientific evidence that directly links mangos and cannabis, we do know certain factors about myrcene that may shed some light on this duo.
Although myrcene on its own will not get you high, higher levels of myrcene are typically associated with the experience of fast-acting and powerful body highs. Research published in 2016 in the journal Nutraceuticals suggested that this sensation may be due to the myrcene terpene playing a key role in facilitating the transport of cannabinoids into your brain. In addition, myrcene has been linked to enhanced transdermal absorption, potentially making it a great fit for topicals or any cannabis-infused products designed to be applied to the skin.
So even though researchers may not be able to say definitively the combo of mango and cannabis will get you higher, it does appear that increased levels of myrcene may leave you feeling deeply relaxed.
Try it yourself.
With little research to point to, why not try combining mangos with weed yourself? Ask one of our budtenders to point you to a strain that’s high in myrcene, grab a mango on the way home, and see if you feel a difference after a few bites of mango and few puffs of weed. Now that’s the kind of scientific research that we can get down with.