Drinkers rarely get higher on one bourbon rather than another brand. Still, the experience ages toward boredom without some change or variety. Trying something top shelf or switching to rye might perk up the experience.
Sticking with the “same old-same old” with cannabis will reduce your high or your perceived high. If you’ve been a cannabis user for some time, you appreciate the value of changing strains and habits. But, novices should consider their options for keeping their experience enjoyable.
8 Easy Ways to Intensify Your Cannabis High
1. Eat a mango every day. Mangoes are a miracle food. Loaded with antioxidants, mangoes reputedly fight occurrences of breast, colon, leukemia, and prostate cancers. Enzymes also smooth skin and treat digestive problems.
Less well known, mangoes will strengthen and lengthen your cannabis high. Myrcene and terpenes produce the fragrance of fresh mango and enter the bloodstream immediately on consumption. When you’re smoking cannabis, the terpenes will trigger the THC whether you have your mango before or after the smoke. Best advice is to eat your mango an hour or two before.
2. Make munchies fishy. Writing in Forbes, David DiSalvo quotes the leader of a University of Illinois study: “the endocannabinoids our bodies produce from omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like fish, eggs, and nuts bind to the same receptors in our immune system as cannabinoids in marijuana, and both trigger an anti-inflammatory response.”
The findings suggest that omega-4 fatty acids reduce inflammation. So, if you have eaten fish, eggs, or nuts before or during your cannabis use, you enhance the impact of THC which also reduces inflammation.
3. It’s tea time. A nice soothing brewed cup of green or black tea is loaded with flavonoids and relaxation. Flavonoids are antioxidants with different chemistry than those usually found in fruits and vegetables.
When the tea does its thing relaxing you and reducing inflammation, it also relieves the cannabis to do other things. As the tea opens pathways, the cannabinoids have a more direct route to producing their effects stronger and longer.
4. Buy it right. Your choice of strain has a key role in boosting your high. It may take some trial and error, but your cannabis with a significant amount of THC. Some medical marijuana and edibles are purposely low in THC.
Indica content will help medical problems and relax you if that’s what you’re looking for. But, the Sativa content should boost and energize. So, over time, you should explore strains with different THC: CBD ratios until you find the effect you want.
5. Smoke it right. If you work harder at preparing your smoke, you can put more effort into a stronger high.
Well-ground or carefully-cut weed will expose more surface. With more surface, it burns more evenly. Then, you can roll your joint without seeds or stems.
6. Eat your way high. It takes a while for edibles to take effect. And, you are not advised to increase your intake. But, you can purchase edibles with a stronger THC potency than usual.
The edible high lasts longer because of the way it is metabolized. Julia Wright at Civilized cautions, “Edibles aficionados know to expect different effects from gummies, elixirs, and baked goods - even when they purportedly contain the same THC content.” So, you should proceed with caution to find the taste and dosing right for you.
7. Take a break. Your cannabis experience may level off after you have been using for a while. When you reach this level of tolerance, you can up the ante with a stronger strain.
Or, you can stop using for a while. Taking a break from smoking or eating will let your system re-establish itself. When you return to cannabis after some time off, you should find your regular stuff is refreshingly new.
8. Try something different. Anything will get old with time. So, you might change your pace. You might pay more attention to your smoking. If you hold the inhale longer, it should increase your rush. And, you must learn to savor what you have instead of smoking it to the quick.
But, you should also consider breaking up your regular smoke with something different. If you prefer the pipe, you might switch to a joint or bong for a few hits. You can consume edibles, dab concentrate, or vape. The idea is just to break up the monotony.
The best way yet
The easiest and smartest way to intensify your cannabis high is to be moderate in your use. Heavy and chronic use will dull or kill the flavor, aroma, and effects.
Some people suggest drinking beer with a toke; certainly, that has been a combination for many young people. Beer will relax and reduce anxiety making room for the THC to do its thing. But, these are inebriants, so you would do better with mangoes and tea.
Others suggest exercising vigorously before or after smoking. The exercise will boost the circulation allowing the cannabis to work even faster. But, that just seems counter-productive.
But, as an overall piece of advice, you would be smart to take a cannabis break with some regularity. If you are a chronic and heavy user, you may have some dependency patterns. If you find yourself increasing your dose or frequency, you may be feeding a dark pool.
So, for many reasons, creativity among them, you might keep a journal of your cannabis experience. It would encourage you to report and analyze the circumstances of the event. You might record the time of day, strain, method, and the social situation. Then, you describe the effect, the high, and the duration.
With an analysis of your own experience in hand, you can shop better and smarter.