Hey, fellow adventurers! Blaze Green here, your trusty guide through all things cannabis. Today, we’re going to clear up a question that’s been making its way around the cannabis community: can you eat weed, and does it get you high?
The quick answer is yes…and no. Let me explain.
Raw cannabis leaves and buds are not psychoactive, meaning they won’t get you high if you just munch on them as is. That’s because the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the compound that produces the high – is present in raw cannabis as a substance called THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). While THCA has its own health benefits, it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects that THC does.
To convert THCA into THC, a process called decarboxylation needs to occur. Decarboxylation usually happens when you smoke or vaporize cannabis because the heat activates the THC. If you want to get high from eating cannabis, you need to decarboxylate it first. This is why edibles are usually baked or cooked, as the process of cooking or baking the cannabis decarboxylates the THCA into THC.
However, eating raw cannabis won’t go to waste! Raw cannabis is packed with non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD and CBG, which offer a range of potential health benefits. It also contains essential vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium, and fiber. So, while eating raw cannabis won’t get you high, it can still contribute to a healthy diet.
So, can you eat weed? Absolutely! Will it get you high? Not unless it’s been decarboxylated. Whether you’re baking a batch of brownies or adding a sprinkle of raw cannabis to your salad, there’s a world of ways to enjoy this wonderful plant. Until our next adventure, remember to enjoy responsibly, listen to your body, and as always, stay green!