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5 Foods That Bind With Cannabinoids To Float You Higher

The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, as is the information that’s available to us. This is due, in part, to research that has examined what exactly cannabis is and does. With increased attention on whether the THC and CBD compounds within cannabis can potentially provide a multitude of health benefits — besides the obvious psychoactive experience – crucial awareness has begun to spread.

For those unfamiliar, THC and CBD are the two most well-known cannabinoids often attributed as the source of happiness, endorphins, and relaxation that cannabis provides, though there are actually more components at play. For example, terpenes are a group of hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of many plants – including the cannabis plant – that are garnering more attention for potentially being responsible for creating those calming effects.

Because terpenes are a primary component of essential oils, they are frequently found in foods, as well. Terpenes, combined with valuable vitamins in certain foods, can potentially heighten symptoms typically associated with cannabis consumption, in addition to produce sensations similar to the effects of cannabis on its own.

With a little education and willingness for experimentation, it’s possible to munch in a way that lifts you to a higher plane and keeps that feeling going. Since the effects of cannabis vary widely from person to person, we recommend keeping a journal handy to notate your own experiences in order to help find out which cannabis and food combinations seem to work best for you!

1. Sweet Potato

Photo: Ella Olsson/Flickr

Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes are known as a powerful mood-boosting food. They are packed with complex carbohydrates and Vitamin B that both produce serotonin, the happy chemical in the brain.

As a plus, sweet potatoes are low in fat and protein, thus making it easy for serotonin to affect your mood. Similarly, some cannabis studies have concluded that certain strains of marijuana, particularly sativas, can be helpful to those with anxiety and depression because of their uplifting qualities. For those who are looking to boost their sativa-induced happiness a bit further, try adding a basket of sweet potato fries, as they might make a perfect partner.

2. Omega-3 Rich Foods

Nuts, fish, avocado, and quinoa are all high in omega-3 fatty acids. Interestingly enough, the acids are actually thought to bind to cannabinoids, thus potentially enhancing the properties of cannabis. Grabbing a small snack of walnuts could kick start the trip and extend it longer than usual. These healthy foods are also far more beneficial to the body than stereotypical, greasy junk food associated with the munchies.

3. Herbs

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There are so many herbs with beneficial terpenes, it’s hard to narrow them down! Pinene and limonene are particular examples of terpenes found in both the herbs you use in your kitchen, as well as in cannabis, possibly lending insight into why we so fondly refer to it as THE Herb. Sage and thyme are known for their pinene, while lemon basil, lemon thyme, and lemongrass are high in limonene.

Pinene has been known to open up the lung passages, which could theoretically make it easier for cannabis to soak into the bloodstream and heighten your experience. Just like vitamins in sweet potato, limonene has been known to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress. A cup of herbal tea to compliment the herb could give a healthy boost in the clouds when it’s hard to pick yourself up.

4. Mangoes

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Mangoes are highly regarded in the cannabis community for their enhancing effects. Mango is a unique fruit that contains myrcene terpenes, also found in cannabis. When consumed together, the myrcene in mango binds to the myrcene in cannabinoids leading to a stronger payout.

It has been recommended to drink mango juice about an hour before a proper session to get the most benefit. But again, when it comes to cannabis, every person is unique and learning your own cannabis preferences and tolerance may take some careful experimentation.

5. Broccoli

Photo: Ella Olsson/Flickr

Last but definitely not least, it’s no secret how wonderful broccoli can be for your health. From potassium content to collagen-building benefits, broccoli is one powerful superfood, and the anti-inflammatory properties have been reported to double with cannabis consumption.

Pain management is a top incentive for chronic pain patients, many of whom seek cannabis as an alternative to opioid painkillers; having a side of broccoli with cannabis could power up this side effect. The two both resemble trees, making them look kind of like distant cousins! In addition, broccoli is high in terpenes that bind with cannabinoids seamlessly, and may be beneficial in fighting depression as well.

Some of our healthiest foods are what we really should be considering as the perfect munchie pairing with cannabis. Between the potential for drawing out stronger health benefits to helping elevate you to a higher plane, there is more to these plants and vegetables that must be recognized!

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Packaged Food

Chocolate Instant Noodles Are Unnecessarily Real

Chocolate-Instant-NoodlesWe once wrote about throwing pudding (not so great) into noodles as a sweet upgrade, but we never thought they’d make a dessert variation of instant noodles. For good reason, right?

Called dessert noodles, the Luxurious Chocolate flavor of Pot Noodle features a creamy chocolate sauce, topped with chunks of all-butter fudge, milk chocolate chips and maple-covered pecan nuts. Sounds…delicious. Because of National Chocolate Day, UK-based chocolatier Paul A. Young helped Pot Noodle come up with this lavish flavor of instant noodles.

I mean, if you’re broke and hungry, you might as well give it a shot. Though we imagine this probably won’t sit too well in most stomachs.

We’ll stick to our chocolate-covered bacon, thank you very much.

H/T First We Feast Picthx Pot Noodle


Mannequin Nutcrackers — Crack Your Nut Between Her Thighs, Seriously

nutcracker mannequin jennifer rubell art

What a view. NYC Artist and all-around-foodie Jennifer Rubell recently exhibited her 18 life-size-nut-destroying dames at The Frieze Art Fair earlier this month.

For the unbeknownst, watching the video of the older gentleman placing his hazelnuts (or other shelled nut variety) between the horizontal inner thighs of the voluptuous Barbie looks rather scandalous. Gently placing his hand on her left ankle for stability before delicately caressing the indehiscent fruit into the portal of destruction. Then BAM! Time for a snack.

Silly mannequin, you thought this was love? We were only using you for our instant enjoyment and nutritional satisfaction. But in a drastic change of heart…

So I just met you and this is crazy. But here’s my number, so call me maybe? Video and additional pictures below:

mannequin nutcracker remains

row of mannequin nutcrackers

[Via Jennifer Rubell & Incredible Things]


Packaged Food

Planters Teams Up With Men’s Health Magazine to Swing New ‘Manly Nuts’

Planters Men's Health Nutrition Nut-trition Nut trition Nuts Mix

Planters, one of the leaders in nut distribution the globe over, has recently partnered with Men’s Health magazine for a new nut mix designed for men’s wellness needs entitled NUT-trition.

The new ‘manly’ mix provides 6g of protein and features almonds, peanuts and  pistachios. In a similar fashion to how Dr. Pepper told men to drop their girly-girl diet sodas for their lower calorie Dr. Pepper 10, Planters seems to be telling its male audience to snack on something manlier than baby carrots and celery sticks.

In addition to the product launch, Planters also conducted a study of 1000+ US men aged 25 to 64 years old about the ‘evolving man.’ According to its findings modern men are becoming more involved with grocery shopping (88 percent), household chores (86 percent), Cooking (85 percent), stay-at-home dads (83 percent) and child rearing (82 percent).

This creates an interesting juxtaposition. A packaged food brand trying to relate to the machismo psychosis with Mr. Peanut riding wild sea beasts and Mr. Almond suited up in scuba gear and a bitchin’ goatee VERSUS the new image of men found in the Planters study burping babies and writing grocery lists.

This situation just creates an infinite amount of questions about the current male population. Does the common man want to be able to relate to ‘manly’ things even when the majority of us are increasingly participating in traditionally dubbed ‘unmanly’ activities and chores?

Does Jason Statham gloriously defeat New York gangsters on set only to go home to strap on an apron and prepare a 5-course meal for his loving family? What has the world come to?

But regardless of philosophy, try the nuts. And here’s the infographic for their man survey:

Planters Nuts Men's Health Nut-rition Infographic

Packaged Food

Caffeinated Gamer Food

It’s three o’clock in the morning and you’re on the raid of your life in the Black Temple. But alas, you begin to feel the exhaustion of staying awake for three straight days playing World of Warcraft. Your body is hungry, your mind is tired, and you finished off your last energy drink two hours ago. The Japanese guy on the other side of the world is asking you if you’re ready to start and all you can think of is how tired you are.

Luckily, Gamer Food Caffeinated Energy Snacks are available in three flavors: Nuts of Destruction (Ancho Chili and Lime), Seeds of Victory (Sweet and Salty Sunflower Seeds), and Cashews of Chaos (Honey Roasted). These snacks are loaded with the taurine, caffeine, and ginseng you need to take down Illidan Stormrage and finally loot the Warglaive of Azzinoth that you missed two parties and a chem test for.

($4.37/Bag @ Amazon)


Squirrel Nut Kabob

There’s no way this squirrel got this kabob put together himself. I am adamant in my stance that someone put it together, and put it into his cute little paws for a proper photograph. Seriously, there’s absolutely no way a squirrel could go to the store, by a metallic skewer, and so effortlessly insert it into a row of five un-shelled peanuts, only to sit in front of a paparazzo to get his picture taken.

Maybe I’m just reading into it too much. Maybe they sell skewers of nuts in the park now. I don’t know. I haven’t been to a park in awhile. Or had my second glass of wine for breakfast yet. (Via RainbowCrab/BuzzFeed)


Maple-Bacon Mousse Tart

What you’re looking at is perfection on a plate. It is a basic maple mousse married with a bacon-nut crust and topped with meringue and bacon bits! The bacon-nut crust is made with a mixture of bacon and nuts (your imagination can definitely be used here, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts all work well). The maple mousse has a base of maple syrup that has been combined with eggs, whipping cream and some gelatin for its nice fluffy texture. All of the ingredients are assembled out comes your own Maple-Bacon Mousse Tarts! (Thx UneGamineDanSlaCuisine)


Texas-Sized Muffins


Good top o’ the morning to ya!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… I’m pretty sure that’s been established. Luckily for me it is also my favorite meal of the day, and I always look forward to jumping out of bed and diving straight into that kitchen for my cup of coffee and a delicious morning treat.

Eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes – you name it, I make it. But, one of my favorite morning treats to bake is a big ol’ scrumptious muffin. I like muffins because I can get really creative with these little guys; I can add veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds…whatever my heart desires, and I can make them taste pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.