I Wanna Get High on Mangoes

Authored by Terp Scientist on July 18, 2018

The herb is more than just a powerful potion…people learning about what they smoking.

 

Educated consumers around the world are taking these Cypress Hill lyrics to heart and in turn the industry is listening.  With the success of medical and recreational access around the country patients and customers are demanding knowledge about the products they consume.  If you walk into a dispensary and ask your budtender for their recommendation on flower their first question would probably be, “Do you prefer sativa or indica?”  Although these are the most common classifications today, what makes a sativa uplifting or an indica couch-lock you with the munchies…let’s just say it’s complicated.  The plant contains unknown hundreds if not thousands of chemical compounds, many unique to the plant, that have made it important to human society for millennia.

 

Google Mangos and High and you’ll have your pick of Reddit articles, YouTube videos and blogs (like mine) saying that it’s a must try to get you higher  And the main hypothesis as to why boils down to one of the most common terpenes – Myrcene. When analyzing the volatile components of different varieties of mangoes researchers have shown some credibility to this with several varieties showing 30-50% of the total composition to be myrcene.  However, another look shows alternating varieties with 50-60% terpinolene or up to 75% 3-carene. The answers in nature are never easy.

 

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC has been understood for decades to be the primary cannabinoid responsible for psychoactive activity.  The mode of action responsible for your high is the interaction of the THC molecule and the endocannabinoid receptor in your brain, CB1. The blood-brain barrier is a grouping of cells that selectively restricts the movement of chemicals to the brain.  Medicinally, it has been shown that myrcene increases cell permeation allowing for a more fluid cell membrane. So, simply it could be understood that increased myrcene concentration in the blood will make the blood-brain barrier more fluid, thus allowing more THC molecules to pass into the brain and AHHHHHH……what?????    

 

Myrcene and Inflammation

 

The medicinal benefits of plant essential oils have been utilized throughout human history.  Until prohibition, this plant was a cure all found in many neighborhood drug stores for ailments.  As we enter the end of prohibition around the world many of the medicinal benefits are now being researched by scientists.  Recently, a team of scientists in Portugal discovered that “myrcene has significant anti-inflammatory [effects in human cells] and, thus, its ability to halt or, at least, slow down cartilage destruction and osteoarthritis progression warrants further investigation.”  Much more research is needed, however the medicinal properties of the variety of chemical compounds are being understood today more than at any time in human history.  

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