Cannabis-Infused Mango: A Healthy and Intensifying Combo

A mango a day keeps the doctor away? That just might be true. Mangos have significant health benefits, but what may come as a surprise is that mangos and cannabis have similarities in their chemical composition. They are both high in myrcene, a naturally occurring organic compound, which attributes to the strong aroma of certain fruits and plants, such as mangos and cannabis. These organic compounds help the body process THC/CBD (the medicine extracted from cannabis) and can increase the potency and even lengthen the duration of its effects, therefore increasing the medicinal properties of the THC/CBD cannabinoids.

Incorporating this wonder-fruit into a patient's diet can have substantial positive effects on their health, especially when they are combined with medicinal-grade cannabis. Here are six main reasons to try a cannabis-infused mango:

1. Helps fight cancer.

A study done by the Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation at Texas A&M University found that mangos have anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, particularly against breast cancer (Noratto et. al. 2010). An earlier study by the same researchers found that mango is also effective in fighting colon cancer and showed some impact on lung, leukemia and prostate cancers. When the myrcene derived from a mango is combined with CBD, the sought after cancer-fighting properties may be improved.

2. Boosts your immune system.

With one cup of mango containing 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, mangos are a powerful way to strengthen your immune system and ward off illness. They also contain a variety of carotenoids, which are rich in antioxidants and help fight against free radicals.

3. Reduces risk of heart disease.

Potassium, fiber, and Vitamin B are all important nutrients found in mango that help to control heart rate and blood pressure, as well as prevent heart disease. 

4. Regulates blood sugar levels.

Studies have shown that mango reduces and regulates blood glucose levels, which can aid in treating obesity and diabetes (Evans et al. 2014)(Elizondo-Montemayor et al. 2014).

5. Supports eye health.

Mangos contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which helps prevent macular degeneration. In addition, just one cup of mango contains 25 percent of your daily recommended Vitamin A intake, which promotes overall eye health and prevents dry eyes.

6. Promotes bone health.

A recent study found that mango improves bone health and may help protect against bone fractures, which can aid those suffering from osteoporosis and may even prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis.

This list of health benefits is even greater when considering the positive effects of combining myrcene, found in the mango, with medicine extracted from cannabis. The cannabinoids found in medical-grade cannabis have been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments and disorders, including pain, appetite, nausea, seizures, diabetes, inflammation, and insomnia, as well as inhibiting prostate carcinoma growth, stimulating bone growth tissue, and more.

With the long list of health benefits that mangos offer, it's no wonder cannabis-infused superfoods like mangos are now available to Illinois patients. Visit your Illinois Dispensary to start benefiting from the cannabis-infused Medical Mango today.

Please Note: The information provided is for informational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

References: 

Noratto, G. D., Bertoldi, M. C., Krenek, K., Talcott, S. T., Stringheta, P. C., & Mertens-Talcott, S. U. (2010). Anticarcinogenic effects of polyphenolics from mango (Mangifera indica) varieties. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry58(7), 4104-4112.

Evans, S. F., Meister, M., Mahmood, M., Eldoumi, H., Peterson, S., Perkins-Veazie, P., … Lucas, E. A. (2014). Mango Supplementation Improves Blood Glucose in Obese Individuals. Nutrition and Metabolic Insights7, 77–84. http://doi.org/10.4137/NMI.S17028

Elizondo-Montemayor, L., Hernández-Brenes, C., Ramos-Parra, P. A., Moreno-Sánchez, D., Nieblas, B., Rosas-Pérez, A. M., & Lamadrid-Zertuche, A. C. (2015). High hydrostatic pressure processing reduces the glycemic index of fresh mango puree in healthy subjects. Food & function6(4), 1352-1360.