The debate over eating raw weed has been going on for years. Both sides have been argued pretty hard, so I’m going to shed some light on the subject once and for all.
In short, yes you can get high from eating raw weed. BUT, it’s probably the absolute worst way to ingest marijuana if your aim is to get high. You are going to have to use wayyyy more marijuana to experience the same high as opposed to smoking or cooking edibles. You would probably need around an 1/8 of high quality bud to feel much of an effect. At that amount, you’re much better off using that 1/8 to last multiple smoke sessions instead of wasting it all at one time.
Now, this article is about getting high off eating weed. If you are interested in non-psychoactive effects of consuming cannabis then check out one of my other articles: Juicing Cannabis: Everything You Need To Know
To understand why consuming raw weed is such a waste we have to talk about the difference between THCA and THC. When a cannabis plant is growing it is non-psychoactive. This is because there is no THC – only THCA, which doesn’t get you high. If you take weed fresh from a plant it won’t do anything. THCA has to be converted into THC. Some of this conversion will happen during the curing phase; however, much of the conversion happens when the THCA is heated (e.g. smoking or cooking). So, when you just eat weed raw you’re losing out on a bunch of THC that never got converted.
One solution would be to heat the cannabis in the oven. This will help activate more of the THC and increase the effects. There still lies another problem though. Digested cannabis has to enter your bloodstream to cause an effect. Raw cannabis is difficult for your body to process so you end up with some of your THC simply passing through your digestive track and being expelled as waste. This is why people cook their weed into edibles. If you bond the THC with fat or alcohol it makes it much easier for your body to process and you get a much fuller effect.
There you have it. You can get high off of eating a whole bunch of raw weed, but I really can’t see too many situations (if any) where this would be your best bet. Not to mention it is going to taste pretty awful.
Have you ever tried eating raw cannabis? I would love to hear your story in the comments.
Update: Several people in the comments have stated that eating raw cannabis has made them feel sick. Just another reason it’s not a good idea.
Update 2: A commenter brought up a very good point. A lot of commercial growers are using pesticides, fungicides, ect. This could very well be the reason people report getting sick from eating raw cannabis. Thanks to everyone who comments!
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