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mangoes and marijuanaMangos Increase, Strengthen, And Even Lengthen The Euphoric Feelings Felt After Smoking Marijuana

By Big Buddha

Summary: The chemical compounds that have been found within mangos have been discovered by science to be able to increase, strengthen, and even lengthen the euphoric feelings felt after smoking marijuana. This is great news for the marijuana community for both recreational smokers and medicinal smokers as they both now have a healthy alternative snack to turn towards during their munchies.

Lately it seems that both the science community and the marijuana community have been falling into the same category. This is great news for both medical marijuana patients and recreational marijuana smokers alike! Of course it’s common knowledge that medical marijuana does exist and that it is a great natural remedy for aches, pains, and various ailments. And of course recreational marijuana smokers do enjoy the euphoric feelings of the herbal supplement as opposed to the feelings of intoxication caused by alcohol or liquor. So naturally marijuana is a safe alternative to most sinful pleasures as well it is a perfect organic solution to the stresses and pains of life. So here is a little secret that the science community has recently discovered for the marijuana community: Eating fresh mangos or even drinking a fresh mango smoothie one hour prior to smoking will dramatically increase the euphoric feelings felt by marijuana and help medical marijuana patients to ease their pain even more so.

This is because a chemical compound known as myrcene terpenes, which is most often used for fragrances, can be found within cannabis and marijuana as well as many other various plants such as lemon grass, hops, and of course mangos. This is why these types of plants of such rare and unique types of odors and aromas. Once ingested the chemical compound, or myrcene terpenes, assists the psychoactive substance THC by allowing it to pass through the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) at much faster speeds with much more efficiency. The time it takes for the THC to have an effect on the brain after inhalation is roughly seven seconds however, by eating a mango up to one hour prior to smoking the time it takes for THC to reach the brain and have an effect could be cut in half. As well as the length of the high and its time duration could be up to twice as long.

Individuals who have eaten a mango, digested it, and then smoked have also noted that the euphoric feelings felt by marijuana are alarmingly much more intense. This is perfect for medical marijuana patients who would like an increased amount of pain relief or for recreational marijuana smokers who just want to get even higher than before. It is important to also note the different speeds in metabolism for those who are attempting to try this experiment. This is because individuals who have faster metabolisms may need to ingest a bit more than those who do not have as fast of a metabolism as well as individuals with slower metabolisms may need to ingest a mango or mango smoothie up to an hour and a half prior to smoking. This will help ensure that the myrcene terpenes found within mangos have been properly digested and will have an effect.

What else is great about this interesting scientific fact is eating mangos is another great way for the human body to receive additional amounts of vitamins and nutrition and it helps individuals avoid eating foods that are high in cholesterol or trans fats. Eating too many fatty foods when the ‘munchies’ occur can be harmful and even detrimental to an individual’s health. So be sure to stay healthy and to eat healthy whether smoking marijuana recreationally or medicinally.

Published with special permission from Marijuana.Com

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About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Tokareff/1181624926 Raymond Tokareff

    there is a God

    • astek

      Where? I don’t see…

      • dave

        it’s because you’re trying to use your eyes

      • http://www.facebook.com/86username Philip James

        God’s in the cannabis

      • http://www.facebook.com/bernard.steyn.12 Bernard Steyn

        then u are blind..

        • ugh-justforgetit

          and you can’t spell

  • pkr8ch

    I’m sure mango farmers are excited about this news too! I’m going to get some next time I’m at the store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503566841 Clay Pratt

    There is no god.

    • erin biggs

      we’re talking about mango’s and weed, not the entity who created them.

    • Roger

      What is your proof?

      • Kenny

        “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” – Christopher Hitchens

  • gink

    we need the mango s of the Middle East , not some of these pseudo -mangos

    • Andres Herrera

      I think mangoes are from India.

  • Steve in Oakland

    God or no, it sounds like a mango edible might be a big hit!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jhinterberger Jason Hinterberger

      Hell ya it would be, it’s gunna revalutionize the indistry

  • Stoner Crab

    I’ve tried this before and it works very well, you get higher and enjoy the high better as well. The riper the better. Myrcene is in other foods as well, like hops and lemongrass. This works better with lower grade bud – MJ has its own myrcene but only the premium stuff has enough to utilize the buds full potential, the rest need a bit of a boost from Mr. Mango

  • nygratefulfred@hotmail.com

    guess I will try eating some Mangos and see what happens!

  • offday

    I had my first mango while in thailand, after smoking that fine fine thai stick from the 70s. I couldn’t believe how good that mango was.
    I never noticed if i got higher after eating one but I will be looking into it as it’s a favorite fruit.

  • Focusonpeace

    I love mangos! But i seriously dont recall mangos prolonging my cannabis high. I guess now its been said every stoner will be conscience of it now.

  • RuffianHaze

    I guess this Myrcene Terpene presence in hops explains why a lot of beers smell like cannabis when opened (bottled beer I’ve usually found)

    • numbness2005

      funny you should say that actuall, me and a friend were discussing the smell of a freshly cracked bottle of Stella Artois the other day and both came to the conclsuion that it smelt very skunky lol

    • Alex

      Hops is part of the cannabis family….

    • deen

      LOL, and i thought i was tripping, I was drinking Amstel one day, and smoked some cheese, it smelled so alike, taste also, not teh fizz, but the taste.

  • http://profiles.google.com/justme10658 Mary Blackberg

    in playing with the star button to give this 5 stars….I sure am sorry because I don’t know how to get back to positive now. :(

  • puya

    any testimonial?pls comment if it works,test it with some1 who don’t know this to avoid placebo effect

  • Alex

    Cite some references when you are quoting science!!! Sheesh…

    • http://www.facebook.com/erno.v.dyk Erno Van Dyk

      PIcky PIcky!

    • Trisha Lynch

      best science available…buy one and try it.

  • Pete

    Mangoes are related to poison ivy so don’t pick them in the wild

    • ganjananda

      dude, what crap are you talking? Mangos grow on trees, huge big ones. If you can’t tell the difference between a mango and poison ivy or are smooking way too much

      • lilbotanista

        Mangoes (Mangifera indica) and Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)are different Genera, but they are of the same Family (Anacardiaceae) of the same Order (Sapindales) of the same Division (Angiospermae) of the same Kingdom (Plantae), so they do in fact have a lot in common.

        • bob

          gorillas and chimps are not the same genus as humans but they are very similar, they are different Genera but we are of the same Family (Hominidae) of the same Order (Primata) of the same Class (Mammalia) of the same Phylum (Chordata), of the same Kingdom (Animalia). we do in fact have a lot in common, but we are still very very different

          ….. p.s. i had to take our your “division” as that is not a proper taxonomic term and I’m not sure where you came up with that, but I replaced it with the 2 correct terms that go between kingdom and order

      • Melissa Munoz

        he isnt talking crap its true, i moved to PR and have come across this 2 xs you think i would have learned the first time o.o

    • agnar150

      Pete you lie…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.bailey.3551380 Bill Bailey

    Billys chocolate mango ” tm =P (let terry have his poxy chocolate orange mwahaha)

  • lightz

    try the mango 1.00 drink can sold and most grocery stores and small stores like 7-eleven.
    It works and it works well, most people these dayz are not selling less than midz any way so it works even with high grade…
    And the can mango drink works well…

  • aka Th FloridaBadger

    All IS Good for Ya!!

  • half_glass_full

    How about dried mango? Dried mango might be the best snack known to man.

    • Tyler

      I realize this is an old post, but hopefully you will receive an email update or something. Dried mango would not work. The terpenes are most common when the plant matter is fresh. This is why old marijuana tends to lose some of its strength, as it ages, it loses terpenes. Now, this can be countered by simply eating fresh mango with your old bud

    • Brodibud

      You can smoke dry mango it makes a lot of smoke! Chop and sprinkle on top of your bowl

    • victor

      i agree….its one a my many favourite snacks <3

  • mozyk

    how about a MANGO BONG :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/StephieAlyssa Stephanie Diaz

      done it. it works.

  • freekobe080808

    man the one fruit I dont really enjoy much. I’ll still have to try though

  • v8

    am sitt’n on da clouds*levitating*

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyleaepps Kyle A. Epps

    Haha, I just ran to target to pick some up. Should be an intense night of Halo Reach with the girly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jarrod.leda Jarrod Leda

      You lucky bastard. Girls that play Halo are like finding a unicorn.

      • LycanLand

        … There’s millions of girl gamers. Plenty of them play Halo. Maybe not Reach because it was shit and she knows better but to think girls don’t play Halo is fucking ludicrous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RubenCardenasP Rubén Cárdenas

    Good to know!!

  • maryjane

    Anyone looking for more info on the effects of aroma and smell on the high should check out Big Book of Buds vol 3 – there’s a great essay on terpenes as the Secret Chemistry of High. Myrcene isn’t the only trigger to higher high.

  • Komar

    Do you think a Weed Milk would be increased too? or is it just for the smoke use of marijeanne?? Thx for answering .

    • painkills2

      I don’t know what Weed Milk is. Perhaps you can clarify.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.curry.1297 James Curry

    Time to go get some mangos

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.yelvington Linda Yelvington

    I am not a vaporizer fan due to the loss of terpine enjoyment that comes from a fruity bowl but not a vape bag – good to know that fruity terpine enjoyment is indigenous to some fruits, too!

    • nastydumpster

      Wow, you have absolutely no ideal what your talking about. Typical women.

      • Sadie

        Neither do you.

      • painkills2

        Yeah, man, what’s with the anti-woman comment? Here, put your virtual dukes up, you bully…

    • painkills2

      So, you get a loss of smell and flavor with the vaporization technique? Now that I think of it, I guess you would… I’m also guessing that could decrease the effectiveness of the total experience for some people. I can see that.

  • Burlwood Barry

    apparently Ween has known about this for some time, as their song “Mango Woman” talking about smoking a spliff, etc. http://youtu.be/UP-X_uffOwA

  • KannaBliss

    You should check out COUCHLOCK™. Their 2oz KannaBliss™ shots are potentiates, so they enhance the effects of other herb substances. They can help you cut down on amounts needed to achieve desired effects, saving you money. Highly effective as Energy, Focus and Relaxation shot on their own. Contains mango fruit extract, added myrcene (no just from the extract) and other potentiates. !000′s of customer reviews, editorials in magazines (CannaBisNow, LSQ, The Art of Mary Jane and more) and product testing from reputable bloggers. Look for us.

    • nastydumpster

      Or, I could throw my money out the window while im driving. About the same effect.

  • Miles Monroe

    Both mangos and ganja originate from the same region of Southeast Asia.
    We think not.

    • painkills2

      Mother Nature’s plan or generations and generations of farmers?

    • Adam Phytophile

      Cannabis Sativa originates from Southeast Asia. Indica originates from the highlands of the Middle East. Still, I doubt it’s a coincidence ;)

  • huj

    Science?is there a science source?lol science says

  • Brodibud

    Be careful and do not underestimate mangoes! I have done this. It does work! I drank 2 glasses of mango nectar am hour before and while I was smoking I eased the burn with more mango juice. I Had barely finished my first come before the trips and effect began to kick in. It was very intense and euphoric. I do not recommend eating or drinking mango related items because this will get you higher and if you are already up its like drinking alcohol when you are already drunk. Keeping in mind that I am small build and have a fast metabolism I peaked for close to 3 hours and I didn’t feel sleepy or hungry I was too tripped out to move or focus on anything else

    • Nastydumpster

      “Peaked for 3 hours” ……….WTGDF? Son this isn’t mushrooms. Its fucking weed.

      • replaceworldleaders

        hahahaha, homeboy makes it sound like an ayahuasca brew

      • andy fibb

        uve never had good weed cus.. maybe he meant he was very stoned for 3 hours… before the effects wore down…. good weed gets you high for that long without mangos. LOL!

      • Adam Phytophile

        any psychoactive drug has a “peak.” it refers to ‘peak plasma concentration,’ or the most pronounced effects felt before the passing of the drug’s first metabolic half-life (which in this case is extended by the terpenes and enzymes in mango).

  • poop

    this is the worst article ever

  • James

    Definitely testing this on my next smoke session

  • Ted

    I live in Hawaii and we have mangoes everywhere… I have four ancient, huge, mango trees in my yard and they produce tons of fruit…. the issue I have with this study, lol, is that the herb here is so excellent that I couldn’t tell if mango is potentiating the buzz or not…. we have such great herb and concentrates… and we grow Kona coffee as well (I live on the South Kona coast)…. so its kind of a natural situation for cannabis afficianados …. Anyway the herb here is strong, many widow crosses and a lot of local genetics as well, mostly finished outdoors.

    • Arturo Medrano

      invite me! i have mexican weed its preety cool too

    • Jen Hyde

      agreed. :) gotta love livin aloha! <3

    • Trisha Lynch

      this only works with mids and dirt weed. doesn’t make good weed better.

      • chris9465

        I disagree……works great with og chem dog kush 4th cut…….

      • Envy

        Incorrect. It works better with better weed. Don’t post if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Trisha Lynch

        let me rephrase. i have tried this. in my experience i have found it works better with mids and dirt weed. if you have a different experience, why don’t you please explain it rather than trying to slam me for my experience?

        • painkills2

          What you said makes sense to me, but I think I might try it… after all, how much is a mango?

    • Chamorro

      Exactly… Hawaii and Guam is where I tried the TRUE Maui Wowi (Mango Buds) Sweet and Taste Like Ripe Mangos… Half a Joint and Your Blitz… The Islands including Palau are the only places I’ve been able to Smoke and Wake up and still be BLOWN….

    • painkills2

      Are you saying you prefer outdoor grow to indoor grow?

    • CaliKu$h

      Did someone say, “problem is mangos are expensive”

      LOL..if you’re worrying about the price of fruit, get off the weed and get a second job.

  • Litch

    I just did a quick lit search and can’t find anything backing this up. Unless Johnny Green can provide a reference I think the fool is just high and making stuff up.

    • Steve

      I too call bullshit on this. As much as I’d like to believe it, I need some kind of evidence. A link to a study or some kind of reference or paper that backs this up would be nice. Of course, it could just be my innate anti-mango sentiments surfacing.

      • David Potts

        do your own research as i will,couple of bucket bongs then a mango with a stop watch handy… i once smoke some buds that were grown in a mango farm (between the trees,Bowen mangoes Qld Australia) & with the fruit that had fallen from the tree & went back into the earth,well to cut along story short they (the buds) had the flavor & taste of mango….

      • Envy

        Do the research yourself. The info about terpenes is basic chemistry.

    • AutismSimian

      I don’t understand how a terpene, which “bind weakly to Cannabinoid receptors” and “are the most prevalent terpene found in most varieties of marijuana” from ANOTHER plant would help out here. Based on the science of the article, eating cannabis would appear to make the high mo’ better and longer lasting.

      source: terpenes dot weebly dot com

      • Adam Phytophile

        The presence of terpenes in edible marijuana preparations, which I gather also affect enzyme levels and slow the metabolism of cannabinoids (as well as acting as transporter molecules to speed up uptake across the BBB) likely play a role in the longer/stronger high one gets from eating as opposed to smoking/vaporizing cannabis. However it is also partly due to the conversion of delta-9-THC into 11-hydroxy-THC.

    • painkills2

      You have to wonder at the use of the word “dramatically” when discussing the increase in effects. Although to have the pain-relieving effects last longer, well, I might have to learn to love mangos!

  • Mike

    Oh no, I can see prohibitionists everywhere trying to impose a mango ban. “Step away from that mango with your hands up!”

    Problem is, 99% of the American public think it’s OK to use medical mango, while 92% are completely OK with legal, recreational mango. Do you think we can keep mangos legal? I’m not sure, especially now that the NSA has just added “mango” to its list of terrorist keywords. ;)

    But I think there’s a mango sale at the supermarket this week. Get ‘em before they’re illegal!

    • kycountry

      i like the attitude…oh yea, your probably right…lmao

    • painkills2

      Can’t… stop… laughing…

  • https://www.facebook.com/giljvelezgil Jota

    God bless Mangoes…!

  • Andres Herrera


  • supertramp

    done it twice and it didn’t work once with a mango smoothie the just with normal mango

  • Clean Water

    However… I remember from my student days that if you FIRST have a smoke and THEN eat a mango, it will increase its deliciousness to the max. You become mango, your girlfriend becomes mango and you consume eachother in one big smokey mango fest. They call me the breeeze…

  • emjay

    mangoes are completely great, but im sure i can wait 7 seconds for my marijuana hit to effect me as opposed to the 3.5 seconds it would take if i ate a mango beforehand

    • Envy

      It’s not specifically about the speed of the marijuana affecting you. It increases the efficiancy of the marijuana as well, increasing potency and length of the high as well.

      • St everr

        Except that mangos are expensive and would just add to your weed budget. Only way to go is to buy some good puree that you can take a fat gulp of before you smoke

    • Reeferform

      The euphoria induced by consuming a drug is directly related to how fast it crosses over the Blood-Brain-Barrier, hence the reason Heroin users inject and Cocaine users snort rather than just eating their substance. In effect, the quicker permeation of THC results in a better “rush.”
      Information from “Your Brain on Food” by Gary Wenk.

      • painkills2

        Thanks for explaining one (or all) of the reasons for the “rush.” What’s the reason for getting the effects to last longer in the brain?

        • Adam Phytophile

          The substance likely plays a role in how the body metabolizes THC and other cannabinoids, i.e. slowing down the process of enzymes in the liver de-activating cannabinoids in the bloodstream – hence they stay in your blood longer and produce effects for longer as well.

          • painkills2

            Okay, I think I understand. Cannabis effects the brain, then is broken down in the body, eventually being discarded (de-activated). The mangoes slow down this process, right? Would the mango-effect work the same way before taking, say, a Vicodin? And do you know of any other food that might produce the mango-effect? (You know, for those who don’t like mangoes.)

          • Adam Phytophile

            You basically got it. The longer the cannabinoids are in your bloodstream the longer you feel the effects, and this amount gradually decreases as your liver processes them into in-active forms. And yes, the compound in mango slows this down. Cannabinoids are processed by different enzymes than Hydrocodone (Vicodin), though, so mango would not have any effect. But this concept works for any drug, as long as you know what enzyme(s) metabolize it. In the case of Vicodin, the Hydrocodone is eventually deactivated by the enzyme CYP-4503A4, so anything that suppresses or inhibits that specific enzyme is gonna make it stronger and last longer (grapefruit juice works for Vicodin and other opioids, for example, but not for cannabis, while mango works for cannabis but not opioids). As for other things that work for cannabis, if I recall correctly then chocolate (cacao) contains a substance different from that in mangoes but with a similar effect extending the half-lives of cannabinoids in the body (including anandamide, the body’s natural built-in cannabinoid, which is (along with endorphins) responsible for the “runner’s high” and that glowy feeling right after an orgasm).

          • painkills2

            Somewhere in your explanation is the reason why pain relief from cannabis does not last as long as, say, hydrocodone. Or do the longer effects of prescription pain medication have more to do with what is in the pill, rather than the body’s enzymes?

            Perhaps you can verify something for me… Prescription pain medication can be especially bad for the liver. I’m assuming partly because of the build-up of toxins. I don’t think cannabis builds up in the liver the same way. Am I right?

            Thanks for the chocolate idea. Almost everyone loves chocolate! Just one last question… Is that milk chocolate or dark chocolate?


          • Amanda Brewer Morgan

            That would be dark chocolate. The darker the better (higher percent of cacao).

          • Adam Phytophile

            Not exactly. Opioid drugs, including pharmaceutical ones, are quite non-toxic. However many prescriptions also include acetaminophen, which causes damage to liver cells over time. The danger of opioids is physiological dependence, wherein the nervous system literally cannot function properly without the drug because it has become so used to the drug taking the place of the neurotransmitters it is mimicking. Opioids mimick endorphins, cannabis mimicks anandamide. The difference is you can use cannabis for years and quit without issue, but with opioids your nervous system would take hellish weeks or months to return to normal. Opioids also tend to dull the emotions, which over time can lead to serious psychological complications. The other danger with opioids is overdose, which can be fatal, but not because of toxicity but rather by sedating the body so intensely that it overpowers your reflex to breathe.

            As for length of action, that has to do with each molecule’s half-life in the body. The half-life refers to how much time it takes for half of the ingested dosage to be broken down and/or removed from the body. Cannabis tends to provide most people with a couple hours of acute pain relief when smoked, and about half a day’s worth when eaten. Opioids on the other hand vary widely: fentanyl has a half-life of about 2 minutes, whereas buprenorphine has an average half-life of 37 hours. Hydrocodone has a half-life of 2-3 hours. This all varies based on individual metabolism, of course.

          • painkills2

            So how would you compare drugs to poisons, like alcohol or the chemicals in my cleaning products? What would you say the biggest difference between the two are? You know, as you would explain to someone who is not a scientist. :-)

            From Wikipedia: Anandamide, also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA, is an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means “bliss, delight”, and amide. (Blissful Delight, someone should create that strain name.)

            If someone had an AEA deficit, would they still obtain a runner’s high or be able to feel an orgasm? And do you think that opioids should not be used for long-term pain management? For intractable pain, are we not talking about a problem or deficit in endorphins? So opioids may be able to make up for this particular deficit?

            My experience with opioids was also as you described. When you talk about half-life, is this the amount of time when a person gets the most benefit from the medicine? With opioids, after the 20 minutes or so for the medication to become effective, there was an hour (maybe more) when I obtained the best pain-relieving effects, but after that, it was all downhill. Since the dosage was every four to six hours, that left a lot of time when the benefit was minimal (if even measurable). Same for the longer-acting opioids. But the ability to take a couple of tokes, whenever I need to, is INFINITELY better than popping a pill, waiting for it to work, and then it not working for very long. The cycles of pain are more easily controlled with marijuana.

            Also, I have read that some people think eating food with their medicine is not only easier on the stomach (for those with little tolerance), but also allows the medicinal effect to last longer. I haven’t found this to be true in my case, but wonder if this also makes sense to you. Does the act of digestion increase the medicinal benefit, say if I’m eating a couple of crackers or pretzels with my medicine?

            You are very kind to put up with all my questions and to respond with such detail. Gracias.

    • andy fibb

      did u forget the part where they said “As well as the length of the high and its time duration could be up to twice as long.” derpy derp

  • gabe

    Just Tried it. It works! Maybe it was placebo but all i know is i’m buying a whole lot of mangos now!

  • Ary Hauffe

    15:20 iternational time of mango

  • chris9465

    This does work!!!!!

  • Hummus

    If you’re going to be supporting the legalization of marijuana, I suggest you publish writers who know how to write.

    • painkills2

      I didn’t think it was badly written (as opposed to some others I have read while trolling the internet), and the information is interesting…

  • halfhead

    Wow… More proof that we are hardwired for investing psychoactive plants/fungi

  • stoney toney

    stting here high wishing i could eat a nice luscious juicy mango right about now.

    • painkills2

      Maybe some mango producers will see your post and start advertising on The Weed Blog…

  • john

    So is Mango an MAO inhibitor like Syrian Rue say?

    • Adam Phytophile

      No, and cannabinoids are also not monoamines, so MAO inhibitors do not affect the effects of cannabis.

  • Cade PhD

    You guys who are calling BS are slightly misinformed. The reason that mango terpenes have the potential to improve cannabis intake is because they are the EXACT same terpenes as the ones in cannabis!! Why do you think that some herb smells like oranges, or mint, or lemons, or skunks, or any of the other cool smells it can have? What other plant has such variety among the smells it can have? When you buy an orange, there is no doubt what smell and flavor you will get, only how strong or sweet they will be. However, every batch of cannabis has huge variety in smell and flavor, from electrified lemon pine-sol in OG Kush to unusually pleasant, sweet smells like Jack Herer.

    Myrcene, the terpene mentioned in this article, is present in almost all cannabis strains, though rarely in high levels and never as the DOMINANT terpene. There are some select strains which can be relatively high in it, and coincidentally, some of these strains are actually some of the most sought after due to their ability to consistently produce potent, flavorful flowers, though I obviously have no proof that this potency is directly due to myrcene.

    Cannabis can smell like oranges, mints, or lemons because those are the exact same molecules found in
    oranges, mints, and lemons which make them smell and taste the way they do. This is ultimately due to THC being produced by the same enzymes which make these terpenes. When you have a plant with flower inflorescences which can be up to 25% or more THC, this means you would also have a lot of terpene production in these flowers due to these enzymes being so active. I forget where, but I read a piece which suggested that it is not THC percentage which matters most when determining perceived potency, but rather the blend of terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids. Plus, pure THC has no flavor or smell, so smoking it wouldn’t be as pleasant of an experience as that same pure THC mixed with various terpenes ;) To me, this is just one more piece of evidence that supports the idea that it is not THC percentage, but rather the ratio of THC to terpenes which is responsible for the strength of the high you feel after smoking cannabis. Very interesting stuff!!!

    • painkills2

      Thanks SO much for the info. Very interesting stuff indeed. Since THC potency can be the number one reason to choose a strain, it is important that the consumer understand how to determine that. So, without an actual test, perhaps one way to determine potency would be in the strength of the smell.

      And while I can sometimes smell the different berry or lemony fragrances in bud, it is not that strong to me. And then when it is smoked, I don’t smell any of the berry or lemony scents at all. It is the distinctive marijuana smell that always overpowers every single other aroma in the “smoking area.” It’s not like I mind, but other people do. :(

      It would surely be interesting to see if smokers get the same effect from smoking bud when their sense of smell is completely removed. Sure, you get the same benefits from eating an orange, whether you can smell it or not. Or do you? If you take the pleasurable smell away from an orange, how many people would eat them?

      But maybe the strong scent of the cannabis actually adds a dimension of increased benefit. Which means my dreams of smoking cannabis that tastes and smells like chocolate is, perhaps, unrealistic.

      • andy fibb

        its not strong to you cus ur smoking some bammer ass bud. smoke the best dank top shelf indoor grown cali bud or wherever ur from…. colorado whatever the best top shelf buds available will have intensely strong smells. anybody with a nose they will stand out to.

        • painkills2

          The handful of products that I have come across which I consider to be top-shelf are strong enough for me, regardless of not being able to smell berry or lemon. I mean, really, how important is the lemon or berry fragrance? Isn’t it the strength of the marijuana smell that is important?

      • Cade PhD

        Ya, Andy is right there, there are certain strains that (if grown correctly) will produce a killer smell and taste which is hugely powerful, at least to a person like me who is able to predict strain lineage just based off of smell. However, to a person like my dad who never smokes, they all smell the same

        • painkills2

          Okay, so work with me here… Your brain has memories of smoking killer bud that had a very strong and distinctive taste and smell. So the next time you smell a bud before you smoke it, your brain will remember all those great results from the past. Then you can determine that the bud is good before you smoke it. Have I got that right? And the only way to gain such knowledge is to come across this heavenly bud. Sadly, I think I’d better give up trying to figure out such things…

        • SunnyDee

          “To a person…who never smokes, they all smell the same”
          -Cade PhD



      Thank you I was tired of reading all of these smart dumb-fucks statements!-