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Does Peppercorn Counteract THC?

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Peppers Can Counteract THC Effects
Peppers Can Alter Effects of THC [Photo Source: Cannabis Digest]

The Ohio Medical Board has approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat and alleviate the symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions and ailments. In total, there are currently 22 conditions eligible for treatment. Learn more on how to get your medical marijuana card today!

In a 2014 interview with Howard Stern, Neil Young made an intriguing statement in response to Stern's concern over THC-induced anxiety and paranoia:

"Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid. Just chew two or three pieces."

This may sound crazy, but there is evidence available that has shown pepper can genuinely help calm you down in a situation where you have gotten too high and feel uncomfortable.

A scientific review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology by Ethan Russo found that marijuana and pepper have very similar chemical traits. How can this be? Well, pepper has been found to have a "phytocannabinoid-terpenoid effect," similar to the cannabinoids and terpenes found naturally in cannabis.

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis that can provide relief to an array of symptoms and conditions by imitating naturally-produced endocannabinoids found in our bodies that maintain internal stability and health. Terpenes on the other hand are the fragrant oils secreted in cannabis trichomes that also have their own variety of different medical benefits.

Pepper's medicinal benefits can assist with pain, depression, addiction, and anxiety.

The entourage effect is a theory that posits that cannabinoids and terpenes are more medicinally effective synergistically rather than in utilized in isolation. Ultimately, pepper binds to the same receptors in the brain that cannabis does and, when combined, create a therapeutic and calming effect.

Mangoes and Cannabis
Mangoes Can Increase THC Effects

Are you on the opposite side of the spectrum, trying to get more relief out of your cannabis? Try eating a mango! While this is something of an old wive's tale, anecdotal evidence has shown that myrcene, a dominant terpene in both indica-cannabis strains and mangoes, is highly synergistic in relation to THC; it is possible that consuming a mango about 90 minutes before using cannabis may lengthen and strengthen the effect and duration of the high!

The interactions between both pepper and mangoes on cannabis effects reveal the impact that terpenes can have on the psychoactive effects of THC.


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