Have you heard the rumors? That eating mango alongside edibles can enhance the high? Is there any truth to this? In this guide, you will find out what the current research suggests and get some delicious cannabis mango recipes, in case you want to try it out and see for yourself!

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  • The reason cannabis and mango work together
  • How to combine mango and cannabis in your diet
  • Tasty mango cannabis recipes to try

Are The Rumors True?

If you’re a regular cannabis consumer, you may wonder if there are ways to improve your usual high?

Or maybe you’re someone who has yet to feel the effects of edibles and has been told by a friend to try eating half a mango with them to see if it makes a difference.

Many members of my Well With Cannabis Community have anecdotally reported that mangoes enhance their high, and luckily – preliminary evidence points to this possibly being true.

So, how do mangoes work synergistically with cannabis?

Read on to learn more about what the science says, and how you can experiment using mangoes and cannabis together, along with some delicious recipes to try!

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Can Mango Enhance the Effect of Cannabis?

Mangoes have been reported to decrease the time between consuming cannabis and the onset of its effects.

It has also been reported that mangoes also seem to increase the psychoactive, or ‘high’ effects, too, especially for those who don’t feel the high from edibles.

Research in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that some of the compounds in mangoes really can affect the way our bodies react to the cannabinoids in cannabis.

This is thought to be due to the terpenes in the mango, which may interact with our endocannabinoid receptors.

There isn’t currently a lot of research on the subject, but the little that does exist seems to point specifically to the terpene myrcene found in mango.

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How Does Mango Interact With Cannabis?

If you have a bit of knowledge about how cannabis affects our bodies, you’ll know that the cannabis plant contains compounds known as terpenes.

In fact, many plants contain terpenes, which are known for creating distinct aromas. Terpenes attract pollinators like insects to plants by creating an enticing smell.

The smell of most fragrant plants like rosemary, basil, and jasmine comes from their terpene content. But terpenes, like cannabinoids, can also have a positive effect on our health.

There are dozens of terpenes found in the cannabis plant, which seem to act in synergy with cannabinoids, enhancing the effects of weed.

But how do mangoes tie into all this?

Mangoes contain terpenes too, especially myrcene terpenes, which seem to be the culprit. 

According to an article in Phytomedicine, myrcene is thought to have relaxing, sedating properties, like cannabis, which may be why they work so well together.

Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. It’s also found in eucalyptus and lemongrass.

As published in a manuscript in the ACS Chemical Neuroscience, myrcene may interact with THC and endocannabinoid receptors in your body, allowing you to absorb the maximum amount of THC from your cannabis.

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So, Are The Rumors True?

Unfortunatley, there is not enough scientific evidence currently available to say definitively whether or not eating mango can enhance your high.

However, with the amount of anecdotal evidence present, you may feel curious and excited to try for yourself.

Luckily, mangoes are a healthy, delicious food, and there is no harm in eating one before smoking or taking an edible to see if it does enhance your experience.

How to Use Mango and Cannabis Together

If you want to try it for yourself, it is recommended to stick to consuming fresh mango rather than dried, as fresh mango may have more terpenes.

If you want to enhance the effects of your next cannabis session, eat a serving, roughly 1/2 cup cubed fruit, about an hour or two before you consume your cannabis.

Or you can even combine it with your favorite edibles.

Depending on the speed of your metabolism, you may need to adjust when you eat the mango and how much you eat to get the desired effects.

If you know you already love cannabis and mango, there’s no reason not to try this trick.

While the effects may not be the same for everyone, you may find that it works quite well for you, and you can add it to your cannabis routine.

The delicious and healthy mango won’t just improve your high though. It may also reduce your cravings for junk food if you get hit with a case of the munchies!

There’s nothing more refreshing than fresh, juicy, sweet fruit when you’re enjoying your cannabis.

Mangoes on their own are a very healthy food. They are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin K, along with other nutrients, and they may improve your heart health, lower your risk of cancer, and reduce inflammation.

Combine these great benefits with the powerful medicinal effects of the cannabis plant, and you have a knockout combination on your hands.

Next time you take a trip to the supermarket, pick up some of these amazing fruits!

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Check Out These Mango Cannabis Recipes

Now that you’re ready to try this out, how about pairing your cannabis with a delicious mango recipe? Check out my favorite options below:

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Cannabis Mango Smoothie Bowl

5 from 14 votes
This ultra-creamy, tropical, delicious smoothie is bursting with flavor from the mangoes and coconut milk. While not scientifically proven, there are anecdotal reports that mango can help enhance the effects of cannabis, thought to be likely due to the terpene myrcene present in mangos. 
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Cannabis Mango Fruit Tart

Cannabis Mango Fruit Tarts

5 from 4 votes
These cannabis mango fruit tarts are a cute, delicious, plant-based, gluten-free dessert that is easy to make and fun to enjoy. Made with cannabis coconut oil and fresh mangos, these tiny tarts are perfect for summer entertaining and fit almost any dietary need.
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Mango Creme Brûlée

Dairy-Free Mango Crème Brûlée

4.58 from 132 votes
This creamy custard is bursting with good nutrition, a beautiful vibrant color, and of course, delicious taste. A fresh take on the classic French dessert, this modern Dairy-Free Mango Crème Brûlée is gluten-free, lactose-free, coconut-based and Paleo friendly.

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