If you’re curious about whether or not eating a little nugget of raw weed can get you high – look no further, we’ve done the hard legwork to find out if eating your favourite flower can get you as high as smoking it. Ultimately, the short answer here is “maybe a little.”
Let’s dig a bit deeper here. There’s a little more to it than a straightforward “no.” Traditionally, fresh weed from a female cannabis plant is smoked, eaten or vaporized to achieve the intended results of transcending, but actually eating it raw won’t have the same effect at all. To understand why, we must start at the beginning: as we know, all cannabis plants contain something called cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemicals in every cannabis plant. When you consume weed and your body metabolizes it, cannabinoids enter into your body via your bloodstream and interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. When they meet, the interactions trigger many different reactions and can impact your appetite, mood, sleep, and overall pain perception.
One such cannabinoid is the famous tetrahydrocannabinol or (THC). Cannabis plants that are fresh, or not cured and dried do not contain THC, our favorite psychoactive compound. While abundant in tetrahydrocannabinol acid, or THCA, fresh, living cannabis plants haven’t begun to transform into THC, which brings about those psychoactive effects we all love and chase.
THCA turns into THC when heated for smoking, cooking or vaping. Another way that THCA becomes THC occurs is when freshly harvested cannabis is cured and stored correctly. This is why many growers see value in adding a lengthy curation process before selling their weed immediately.
You may have heard this term before, but decarboxylation is the process of transforming THCA, the non-psychoactive ingredient to THC, the psychoactive ingredient. So, long story short, this is the main reason that you can’t simply eat a nug and expect the same psychoactive, or elevating experience.
Another reason why you cannot expect the same effects as smoking, cooking or vaping raw cannabis is that to actually get high, THC has to enter your bloodstream to reach your receptors. By eating marijuana instead of consuming via other methods, you are putting the cannabis through your digestive system – which will never reach your bloodstream.
There may be a myriad of reasons why you have chosen to figure out if eating raw weed can make you high – maybe it’s because you’re interested in finding alternative methods to consumption beyond smoking that does not harm your lungs. Since the world is exploring more avenues and different ways to get high, you have more options than ever before. You can experience the exciting psychoactive properties of cannabis through eating edibles made with cannabis oil, butter or alcohol. There are also a host of new foods and drinks that can help get you high.
Truthfully, there are many who claim that raw weed is has a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, and by taking away the decarbing process, you have more healthful benefits that can rival those of the superfood, kale. The fibrous nature of the cannabis plant can help with your digestion – which leads to overall better physical (digestive and basic cell health) and mental health. In fact, cannabis also tops the charts with high levels of:
- Vitamin C – key for boosting that immunity (and even better during the winter months)
- Vitamin K – helpful aide for absorbing calcium
- Iron, Folate, Calcium – essential for repairing DNA, strengthening bones and aiding in the movement of oxygen through your blood
Also, the high levels of naturally occurring terpenes (compounds that help cannabis impart its unique aroma and flavors), can be a natural sleep aid and can help you get the perfect night’s sleep by relaxing and relieving your stress.
So, while there are many benefits eating weed raw, it won’t actually get you high, but it will supercharge your body and help give you the boost your body needs, naturally. If you choose to nosh down on some cannabis, raw, make sure to be careful as too much can cause a stomach ache! Some ways that you can safely try it including taking leftover trim and juicing it. Try it out if you’re game!