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Are you looking for easy, effective ways to step up your smoking or vaping experience? There are a lot of ways to take your cannabis ritual one step further. Here are the 10 best weed science hacks you need to incorporate into your life. You will see improvements, for real.

Hacks to enhance your high

1. Eat chocolate

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It’s often mistakenly thought that chocolate produces anandamide, which is the human version of THC, the primary psychoactive in cannabis. Ananda is Sanskrit for bliss, and anandamide is more commonly known as the bliss molecule. While chocolate does not actually contain anandamide, it does help you feel blissful in another way.

Chocolate contains two phytochemicals N-linoleoylethanolamide and N-oleoylethanolamide. Both of these molecules prevent the breakdown of anandamide.

THC and anandamide both trigger the same locations in the brain and body. Since chocolate boosts anandamide, and THC is like anandamide, eating chocolate before a smoke sesh can certainly give you a slightly more blissed out experience. For best results, eat it at least 30 minutes beforehand and make sure it is dark chocolate. As dark as you can handle.

2. Eat mangos

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Do you love the sedative effects of Kush strains? Well, you may also enjoy some fresh mango. Mangoes and cannabis contain high levels of myrcene, a terpene aroma molecule that provides a musky fragrance. Research shows that myrcene helps psychoactive THC enter the brain more easily.

Myrcene is also most abundant in strains classified as indica. The terpene is thought to contribute to the sedative, couch-locking effects of those strains. To give yourself a myrcene boost, eat a ripe, fresh mango 30 to 45 minutes before consuming. Not only is the fruit healthy, but it may even help chill you out.

3. Tap the carb

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An easy way to smoke without holding your breath for too long is to simply tap the carb while you smoke. Instead of holding your finger or thumb steady, hold it steady while lighting and then start to tap and inhale. This means that more oxygen is fed to the burning embers, making the piece easier to cherry (stay hot).

This can be an especially useful trick if you’re trying to smoke outside on a lousy day. No need to keep lighting. This extra oxygen also adds more oxygen to your inhalation, which is healthier for your lungs and brain. The more oxygen you mix into your smoke, the better the smoking experience.

Hacks for when you’re too high

4. Coffee

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Cannabis and coffee go together surprisingly well. Need a little pick-me-up after one hit too many? Grab some drip or your favorite latte. Cannabis is a sedative and caffeine is a stimulant. If your high has you feeling a little too slowed down, a good cup of coffee can perk you back up in no time.

5. CBD

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If you are uncomfortably high after some THC, switch to some cannabidiol (CBD). Research has shown that CBD reduces the high caused by THC, making the psychoactive more manageable.

You can switch to smoking a high-CBD strain, take a few puffs of a CBD vapor pen, or swallow a little CBD oil. In a few minutes, some of the intensity should dissipate.

6. Black peppercorn

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Black peppercorn is high in a certain terpene called beta-caryophyllene. This terpene is also found in cannabis and gives some plants a sharp, pepper aroma.

Those experiencing THC anxiety might benefit from smelling some black pepper, chewing on a black peppercorn, or sniffing some black pepper essential oil. The terpene has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety behaviors in rodents. Need to chill out? Just take a whiff of the spicy stuff.

7. Pregnenolone

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This hack is far more experimental. Pregnenolone is a hormone produced naturally by the body. However, recent laboratory research suggests that pregnenolone can actually combat the high caused by THC.

In rodent tests, researchers treated mouse brains with a high dose of THC. The mice released pregnenolone as a response, and the hormone seemed to combat the cannabis high.

Pregnenolone is available for purchase online or in some vitamin and natural health stores. Though this seems like a great thing to have handy just in case someone gets a little too elevated, keep in mind that all bodies behave differently to hormones and supplements. Experiment at your own risk.

Hacks for daily life

8. Light up to cool down

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No joke, hot things make you cool. This is perhaps why tropical climates tend to have a lot of hot and spicy food. Eating a hot meal stimulates temperature receptors that tell the body that it’s time to cool off. To beat the summer heat, light it up! Smoking cannabis is a hot activity in and of its own right.

However, THC can also have a cooling effect on the body. The compound fits right into the same receptors as hot and spicy foods. In this summer time, sparking up a bong is a great way to cool off.

9. Hot bong water

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Warming up your bong water can make for a very pleasant, smooth smoke. The ideal water temperature should be similar to a drinkable cup of tea.

Inhaling from an ice cold bong can be about as comfortable as breathing in a breath of cold, winter air. Hot bong water makes for a smoother hit and provides extra steam for gentle hydration.

10. Hemp wick

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Using hemp wick is the best way to light any sort of smoking piece. Lighting the hemp wick first protects you from inhaling excess butane from your lighter. Not only does this alter the flavor of the cannabis, it can be harsh on the lungs and throat, and it is considered an irritant.

Butane is not something you want to inhale. Hemp wick is a super simple way to automatically enhance both safety and the overall consumer experience. If you can, light a tea candle during your smoke sesh so that you can continuously dip in the hemp wick while smoking.

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Delilah Butterfield

Delilah Butterfield is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for cannabis and natural health. Contact her on Twitter @delilahbfield.
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