Delta 9 THC is a significant cannabinoid found in abundance in cannabis. Extraction is usually relatively cheap and straightforward as a result. It is derived explicitly from marijuana plants. When someone talks about THC, they are more than likely referring to Delta-9 as it is considered “regular THC.” It is a cannabinoid molecule in cannabis, the primary psychoactive ingredient within the plant.
So, when we talk about how to enhance your high, we actually mean how to feel the effects of THC more thoroughly. Keep reading below to find out more.
Many weed users have expressed that THC products have helped improve sleep quality, treat body aches, improve appetite, decrease physical discomfort, etc. It is commonly used for its potential medical benefits, reducing symptoms of anxiety and helping people combat symptoms of glaucoma, seizures, and other chronic conditions.
The THC cannabinoid interacts with the CB1 cannabinoid receptors located in the human brain. This area is responsible for many mental processes, including decision-making and retaining memories. This powerful compound provides excitement, euphoria, focus, calm, and more. The results can be intense for some, while others enjoy the relaxing qualities or creativity boosts from a cannabis high.
Certain Foods that Enhance a THC High
One of the best organic ways to increase the intensity and longevity of the effects of cannabis is in our food.
Mangoes and mango juice have a high concentration of the terpene known as myrcene. Myrcene has been reported to offer euphoric, relaxing, and uplifting effects. When consumed with THC, these effects are believed to be heightened, allowing for a more intense high. It is suggested to use mangoes to enhance your high and consume them at least 45 minutes before cannabis consumption.
Eggs & Nuts
Eggs and nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids that bind to cannabinoid receptors and help them move through the body faster. Research suggests omega-3 fatty acids may help MMJ patients reduce anxiety and depression. When combined with CBD or THC, omega-3 fatty acids increase and extend the effects. Try almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, cashews, peanut or almond butter for an enhanced experience.
Dark chocolate is thought to increase the effects of marijuana because it contains a neurotransmitter and endocannabinoid known as anandamide. By eating chocolate before consuming cannabis, you’ll increase anandamide levels and stimulate the cannabinoid receptors.
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins E and B that trigger serotonin production. Serotonin is the feel-good brain chemical. The vitamin B6 content of sweet potatoes also helps regulate our mood. When you consume cannabis, the effects of these vitamins, minerals, and serotonin can increase the euphoric feelings associated with marijuana.
Broccoli is high in a terpene known as beta-caryophyllene, which can enhance marijuana’s effects. Similar to cannabinoids, this terpene works with receptors found in the endocannabinoid system of the brain. Beta-caryophyllene can reduce pain and inflammation, and reports claim it can provide relaxation when consumed in unison with THC.
Drinks that May Enhance Your High
Many drinks can assist in enhancing a THC high as well. Many of these beverages you may be consuming regularly are the answer.
Many people have reported that when combining kombucha with the benefits of medicinal marijuana, it offers enhanced therapeutic properties for our overall health. This sweet fermented tea contains probiotics, enzymes, and B vitamins. Combined with terpenes and cannabinoids, the beverage could benefit the body in many ways due to high amounts of antioxidants and antibacterial properties the substances possess.
Black or green tea contains a high concentration of catechin that is known for its relaxing and sedating effects. When you drink green tea before consuming weed, it may offer a more balanced experience without feelings of anxiousness or paranoia that can sometimes occur.
Mixing cannabis with caffeine doesn’t have any specific adverse effects that have been reported. People experience varying reactions, so combining the two will be different for everyone. If you’re generally not so good with handling caffeine, adding high-THC cannabis strains could create feelings of anxiety and paranoia, which would offset the desired effect. However, if you love coffee, adding a smoke session to your morning routine might enhance its energizing.
Exercise before Consumption
Many weed users report that consuming after a workout offers prolonged psychoactive effects. Anandamide is responsible for the euphoria and pain relief felt while exercising; THC can increase it.
A 2013 study examined THC blood levels in 14 cannabis users following exercise on a stationary bike. The results showed that exercise enhances plasma THC levels in regular cannabis users and may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat cells.
Switch Up the Method
Trying out a different consumption method can significantly improve your high. Switching to vaping, edibles or concentrates might help if you’re used to smoking joints. Trying various cannabis consumption methods will surprise the body and cause more substantial effects, as it will process THC differently. You don’t have to change your method forever, but it might be a good idea to switch it up sometimes.
Change the Strain
Much of the cannabis grown and consumed in the United States averages around fifteen percent THC. Approximately seventeen percent THC is when cannabis strains begin to be considered a high amount. Yet many people look for upwards of twenty percent when searching for a potent strain.
The average THC levels of cannabis in 2003 were around six percent, up from just one percent in 1976. By 2018, researchers estimated most cannabis strains to have THC levels above fifteen percent. Nowadays, THC levels around eighteen percent are typically considered mid-range, and anything above twenty percent is regarded as high potency.
A higher THC percentage doesn’t necessarily lead to more substantial effects. Cannabis users report varying levels of THC affecting them more intensely than others; it greatly depends on the individual. And if you were to compare the THC percentages people use, you’d see quite a wide range of ratios, including plenty of lower portions and high-THC flowers.
THC isn’t the only thing that affects how you feel after consumption. Over four hundred compounds in weed can affect how a specific strain makes you feel. Some compounds play a more prominent role, specifically cannabinoids and terpenes. Many low THC strains are designed to be higher in other cannabinoids, such as CBD, to provide a different experience without the high.
Mix up your Routine
Are you in the habit of waking up and baking? Try holding off until later in the day. Or, smoke earlier in the day if you typically get really high at night. Observe your habits and see how you catch the brain off-guard by switching up your routine.
Store for Better Buds
One of the vital steps to properly store cannabis is using high-quality containers. Glass jars with a tight seal are ideal for protecting your buds from humidity, parasites, climate issues, and mold. There are even jars with a UV-proof finish or a violet/dark brown tint to further protect your weed from the light.
A proper cure will also ensure that your cannabis plant will last longer, and they will maintain their flavor and potency longer as well. Humidity packs can help ensure humidity levels remain ideal for storing buds to keep the weed fresh.
Store buds and cannabis edibles in airtight containers. Tinted mason jars are perfect airtight jars for storing cannabis after the curing process. Plastic bags risk drying and losing the potency of your cannabis buds. Maintain a dark space with a cool temperature for optimal storage of decarbed cannabis in an airtight storage container to help the weed stay fresh and potent for longer.
Take a Tolerance Break
The tried-and-true method to a lower tolerance is the tolerance break, or “T break.” A tolerance break involves taking days to weeks off from consuming cannabis products. Regularly consuming cannabis can reduce the CB1 receptors found throughout the ECS. In a 2011 study, researchers found that CB1 receptors could recover after some time, stating, “We found it decreased CB1 receptor binding in subjects who had smoked large amounts of cannabis daily for years. Even in these heavy smokers, binding returned to normal in most regions after four weeks of abstinence.”
There are many ways to enhance your high from THC. From drinks and food, to switching up your routine or exercise habits, there’s something on our list for every cannabis user’s lifestyle. It’s important to monitor your use and be aware of how often and how much THC you are consuming. We recommend discussing dosage updates at least once a year with an MMJ doctor to ensure you are getting the most out of your cannabis.
Last Updated: March 10, 2023
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