Getting ready for the upcoming holiday? If you are looking forward to April 20th with enthusiasm, then you are probably planning to celebrate the day with some great herb, good food, and fun activities with close friends. If you want to get the most out of the event, then check out these 7 delicious snack ideas that will not only satisfy your food cravings but intensify your herbal experience!
These delicious fruits contain several terpenes in common with cannabis. One especially important one is myrcene, which increases the onset speed and duration of your high by helping cannabinoids through the blood-brain barrier.
If you eat mangoes about an hour before partaking, the myrcene can prime your receptors to respond to cannabinoids more efficiently.
Always great for a party, nuts are filled with protein and are good for an energy boost when your energy fades in the early afternoon. The healthy fats in nuts also are great for protecting the heart, which is great for those who experience a slowing of their heart rate when consuming cannabis.
Nuts are also great for helping to cut down on the time it takes for edibles to take effect because they contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Herbs & spices
If one herb is great, adding others can only make it better! Herbs such as thyme, sage, and bay leaves all contain pinene, a terpene commonly found in cannabis that acts as a natural bronchodilator. This can help increase onset speed and longevity of smoked or vaped cannabis, by allowing faster absorption through the lungs into the blood, and then into the brain.
Herbs that contain limonene can help relieve the anxiety caused by higher THC strains, and limonene also helps with depression and stress. You can find limonene in herbs such as thyme, lemongrass, or lemon basil. Black pepper is also great at decreasing the mental stress that can be a side-effect of stronger psychedelic strains.
Of the few other plants besides cannabis that contains high levels of beta-caryophyllene, vegetables such as broccoli are the best. By binding to the CB2 receptor, this terpene helps reduce pain, inflammation, and depression working in synergy with cannabinoids. It won’t increase your high, but eating it ahead of time can help you more fully relax into a potent indica strain, allowing you to enjoy it more fully.
5. Sweet potatoes
B vitamins and carbohydrates have been shown to increase serotonin production in the brain. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of both. Because they are also low-fat and low in protein, that serotonin mood-boost is fast acting compared to other foods, helping to take away the blues. Eating protein with carbs can block serotonin production, so don’t combine sweet potatoes with nuts, eggs, beans, or meat if you want the effect.
Filled with the antioxidant catechin, black and green teas are great for causing feelings of peace and relaxation. This is because catechin binds with CB1 receptors, (the same receptor that THC goes for), meaning improved mood, lowered stress, and increased euphoria, especially when combined with cannabis.
Cannabis and alcohol have a mutually enhancing effect when consumed together. Commonly known as “crossfading” or getting “twisted”, this can seriously increase the effects of inebriation. A good idea if you only have low-end herb with low THC. This is also why people who have only consumed a modest level of alcohol and cannabis together will often get more impaired than they expected, which is a major concern with impaired driving.
Combining alcohol with cannabis also leads to higher instances of vertigo, or the “spins”, which can make for a very bad evening, so take extreme caution when indulging in both in the same setting.
8. Hemp seed
Why not enjoy the good herb with the perfect pairing, hemp seed! Packed with 35% Omega-3 fatty acid as well as Omega-6 which cut the onset time and increase the duration of your high, as well as Omega-6, they have a host of other benefits. They contain all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids, and high in vitamins, including vitamins D,C,B6, B2, B1, A, & E.
You can eat them raw and shelled, added in salad dressings, or roasted like popcorn. You can also use hemp seed oil to make stir fry or other dishes. They are 33% simple proteins that fend off toxins and strengthen immunity, which is a good idea if you are around a group of people. Those proteins also normalize blood cholesterol, which is great if you have a host of other less healthy snacks on the menu. The boost in energy will also help you have a longer happy herb holiday, so make sure to add them to the grocery list!
What food ideas does this list give you for your holiday feast? Do you have any really exciting plans? Share your ideas on social media or in the comments below.
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