Herbal Interactions: How Food Intake Can Affect Cannabis Absorption

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All munchie jokes aside, the foods you choose to eat before or with your cannabis – whether you’re smoking for anxiety or using edibles for better sleep or medicinal oil for cancer treatment – really change the way our bodies receive and are able to process the powerful phytochemicals.

Appetite Stimulant

Since cannabis stimulates appetite, consumption of cannabis on a very empty stomach can amplify that light-headed need-to-eat-soon sensation quickly to the point of sometimes feeling unwell and faint. If the light-headed feeling is unpleasant for you, be sure to eat at least 30 mins prior. If you are using cannabis to help you to eat when you are sick and have no appetite, then definitely use it on an empty stomach and have some of the cannabis enhancing foods listed below on hand to help offset any faint feeling and extend the improved appetite.

It’s generally understood that not eating before smoking cannabis will also increase the high experienced, so it’s really all about the WHY for each individual.

High Fat Foods

Clinical studies show that eating foods high in fats actually increases the amount of cannabidiol (CBD) absorbed into the bloodstream, which is what you WANT, particularly if you are using cannabis for medical reasons. You can read more here.

"Increases in the amount of the CBD dose being absorbed into the body can also lead to lower medication costs," said Ilo Leppik, study co-author, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.


Eating before oral cannabis ingestion will slow its effects, since the stomach is already busy with digestion. Again, timing is everything: if you want to sleep quickly after a big meal, that gummy is not going to be able to be effective straight away.

Special Cannabis Enhancing Foods

There are a number of foods whose unique natural chemical compounds have been shown to enhance the effect of cannabis in the body, and so they make perfect munchie or beverage choices, before, during and after.

  • Tea – the natural catechin helps to balance any possible feelings of anxiety of paranoia;
  • Coffee – the metabolites associated with caffeine are modulators of the endocannabinoid system;
  • Mango – high in a pain relieving, anti-inflammatory & mildly sedative terpene named myrcene;
  • Chocolate - contains a neurotransmitter & endocannabinoid known as anandamide;
  • Broccoli – loaded with a terpene known as beta caryophyllene which reduces pain & inflammation;
  • Sweet Potato – high in vitamin B and triggers the production of serotonin, the feel-good hormone;
Lingering Effects

THC remains in the bloodstream longer when taken after food than when taken on an empty stomach.

Foods to Mitigate “Too High”

It happens, especially to medicinal cannbis users and people just starting out on this particular herbal journey. A newbie to cannabis, or a newbie to a different strain or way of ingesting it sometimes can be overwhelmed and feel ‘too high”.

There are age-old ‘helpers’ out there if it happens to you or someone you love.

  • Pine nuts – the terpene pinene helps to increase numbers of neurotransmitters critical for memory formation and may help dissipate mental fog;
  • Lemons: The 10th century Persian doctor Al-Razi advised, “one should drink fresh water and ice or eat any acid fruits’ to avoid the ‘harms’ of ingesting cannabis seeds or hashish.” The terpene, Limonene, which makes lemons smell lemony helps mitigate adverse effects of cannabis ingestion. Handy to know.
  • Peppercorns. Pepper contains the terpene beta-caryophyllene, which may help increase a person’s clarity of thought and help reduce anxiety. Sniffing a few peppercorns might be enough to ease a high, or they can be used in a tea with some lemon zest.

Whether you’re trying to optimize the cannabis high, or to minimize it while you’re using cannabis to relieve pain or heal from illness, it really helps to know how what we eat impacts the way our body reacts.

This original content by Marike van Breugel was first published in the new online cannabis magazine, http://entouragemag.net. It is fully attributed and cross published on Hive with prior agreement and full permission. https://entouragemag.net/what-you-eat-with-cannabis/


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Why does a chocolate covered mango and a joint really appeal to me right now?


I have never reblogged anything that fast... I was bought by the opening line and with good reason!

I use cannabis because of my crippling anxiety and it has been more effective than what was to be my prescription as it helps me with stimulating my appetite.

I know that tea- which is essentially Kenyan black tea fused with herbs like ginger or lemon grass or the lemons themselves- has made me enjoy my high more whilst easing the paranoia that comes with an extreme high as the strains differ.

Cannibis and its products are still very much illegal so we use what is illegally sourced and in the market, as no one has the time to pay attention to the different strains.

I have coffee and mangoes as I enjoy the combo for breakfast when the season allows as much I can so I know how they work and dark chocolate a few times. What I didn't know was about sweet potatoes which I enjoy and broccoli which I eat because I have to.

Thank you for sharing... I enjoyed this one a little bit too much xD


Although it was legal in some countries the use cannabis, unfortunately, my country doesn't legalize the use of it even for medical and recreational purposes. I didn't know much about cannabis until I read your blog. I got some hints and pieces of knowledge. So the effects basically depends on how and the time you use it. !PIZZA