What Is It About Mangoes and Marijuana?

The number of ways to incorporate medical marijuana into your daily
medical regimen is almost as vast as the number of conditions cannabis
can beneficially impact. From
glaucoma
to symptoms related to
HIV/AIDS,
and from
inflammation
to
depression
and
anxiety,
the applications for medical marijuana span the entire healthcare field.
And nearly as numerous as the ways to use marijuana are the strains
available – and the other foods or substances cannabis can be paired or
mixed with for optimum efficacy. One newly popular pairing is between
medical cannabis and a tasty-but-somewhat-obscure fruit: the tropical
mango.

All About the Mango

Never tried a mango? You’re in good company. Although this fruit is
considered to be one of the more luscious of the tropical fruits, it’s a
more recent addition to most diets. As it’s become more widely
available, it’s also grown exponentially in popularity. The mango
originates in India,
and healers there have used the various parts of the mango for centuries
in Eastern remedies.

Like most fruits, mangoes are low in calories and chock full of
nutritional value, particularly in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And beyond
eating a mango all by itself, you can also add this fruit to chutneys,
salsas, fruit cocktails, fruity deserts or as juice in a drink. All by
itself, mangoes are beneficial to your health. When mixed with cannabis,
you can enjoy a double dose of benefit.

Why Could Mango Go Well With Cannabis?

Many cannabis pairings evolve around a compound that enhances both
additions. Mango and cannabis are no different. Both contain
terpenes – an organic compound
found in many types of plants. Marijuana and mangoes specifically play
host to myrcene terpenes, which
represent the scents associated with these and other natural substances.
In particular, terpenes are found where CBD and THC are in the plant
makeup of cannabis. These
terpenes
are responsible for slipping THC past the blood/brain barrier faster.
Interestingly, mangos share these compounds with cannabis. That means
that when mangoes and cannabis are combined, they may be able to deliver
a one-two punch against your ailments.

Think about it this way. When you eat a mango, as you would eat any
other fruit, its components are dumped into your bloodstream not long
after the food reaches your stomach. In the case of mangoes and
marijuana being used in close timing with one another, the terpenes
released from the mango into your bloodstream meet up with the myrcene
terpenes from the THC in marijuana. And in addition to faster
bioavailability, this double punch extends the efficacy of both as well.

One way in which the mango and marijuana combination that is
particularly important is in how fast your body feels the impact. By
doubling the availability of the beneficial properties, you can begin to
experience relief faster. And with many disorders – particularly those
related to pain and inflammation – this added speed can be an added
blessing.

Scientific Study of Mango and Marijuana Use

Unfortunately, marijuana has not yet been
rescheduled
as a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government.
Furthermore, less than half of the states in the US have legalized
marijuana. Not only does this situation mean that many patients
desperate for relief are left without any access to cannabis, but it
also means that research – and important research dollars – are
extraordinarily hampered. So while millions of patients can attest
anecdotally to the impact of THC and CBD, and while limited studies show
promise in its use, the science behind cannabis needs far more attention
than it’s gotten thus far.

Even with a lack in funding and research, previously conducted studies
do show promise. Consider findings about reduction in pain from
cancer
studies, the relief of muscle stiffness in multiple
sclerosis
studies and the
approval of marijuana byproducts for use in FDA-approved
medications
like
Dronabinal and Nabilone.

Though no direct studies have been conducting comparing the effects of
marijuana and mangoes, some limited conclusions may be drawn. Of
particular interest is a Texas A&M
study

about mangoes and breast cancer where researchers studied the
anti-inflammatory properties of mangoes. As
marijuana is
also considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, this gives a
convincing data point about how the combination of cannabis and mangoes
could be beneficial to some patients. Like other combinations, however,
different patients may experience far different results.

Going Forward With Mangoes – And Marijuana

It’s important to discuss how medical marijuana may be beneficial as a
part of your healthcare routine with your primary practitioner.
Unfortunately, if you live in one of the 27 states that has yet to
legalize
marijuana
,
your hands many be tied. If you live in a state considering passing new
marijuana legislation, you can get involved in local efforts to support
the passage of relevant bills. You may also seek out practitioners in
nearby states where marijuana use is already legal. Doing so may run you
afoul of your local laws, however, so proceed at your own risk whenever
you have marijuana on your person in a state where it is illegal.

If you already do live in a state where marijuana use is legal, you can
work with your own practitioner or a specialist who is more
knowledgeable about medical cannabis. What has been your experience so
far with medical marijuana? Have you had the opportunity to try mangoes
and get even more value from your complementary therapies?

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