Cannabis, CBD, and Companion Foods
Mangos. Dark chocolate. Green tea. Black tea. Avocado.
For a long time, people have suspected that pairing their cannabis use with the consumption of certain companion foods improves their experience.
There are many things within your control that can impact your cannabis experience. Is this one of them?
What we know about cannabis and the foods we eat
Cannabis is a complex plant with hundreds of chemical properties and cannabinoid compounds. The primary cannabinoids include delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Also found in the cannabis plant are organic compounds called terpenes, which are responsible for the aroma and flavors found in cannabis. Terpenes are thought to interact with cannabinoids, and ultimately our cannabinoid receptors, to enhance the effects from cannabis.
These combinations and related effects are frequently referred to as the “entourage effect”, which can vary greatly depending on the cannabinoid ratio and terpene profile.
Common terpene interactions
Terpenes are purported to provide a wide variety of effects from relaxed to focused to energized.
Some common cannabis terpenes are:
Myrcene – a more commonly known terpene with a fruity, clove-like aroma. Myrcene is also found in mangoes, hops, wild thyme, and lemongrass, and is known for its relaxation and sedative effects.
Pinene – also found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, and dill, is commonly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits as well as causing certain cannabis users to have heightened alertness and focus.
Caryophyllene – most commonly found in black pepper, it has been studied in mice for its pain-relieving effects as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
Limonene – also found in fruit rinds, has a strong citrus aroma, and is believed by certain users to provide anxiety and stress relief.
Terpinolene – often also found in sage, rosemary, apples, and tea trees, displays a piney or woody aroma with hints of citrus and herbal spice. Like myrcene, terpinolene is also known for its calming and relaxation effects.
But, similar to the effects of cannabis and CBD, the effects of these terpenes is not well known or accepted. It’s hard to know what to believe. But wouldn’t it be nice if some if it were true?
Getting answers with Jointly
Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.
Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.
By submitting reports and ratings in Jointly, your own personal in-app Learning Center helps you understand how to improve your experience:
How do you find your optimal dose?
How much time should you wait between sessions?
How does ingestion method impact your experience?
How does time of day impact your experience?
Does it matter if you exercise before, during, or after cannabis use?
How does the amount of sleep you get the night before change things?
What about hydration?
How much food is in your stomach?
The quality of your diet?
The people you are with?
We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.
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