MYTHBUSTERS: Can eating cannabis raw get you high?

Welcome to Slyng's rendition of Mythbusters! Every week, we'll do an article that goes in-depth about a common question regarding marijuana. This week, we'll be exploring whether or not eating weed will get you high. 

 

CLAIM: Eating cannabis raw gets you high. 

This claim has been going around since the dawn of time. And it's up to us to do some research to figure out the truth. But before we can start, we need to understand a basic fact. 

 

What's the difference between THC and THCA? 

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Decarboxylation process from THCA to THC. 

THC is the psychoactive chemical compound that is found in marijuana. It is what physically makes us feel "high". THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) is found in the cannabis plant when it is growing, meaning that it is NOT psychoactive. At one point during the curing process THCA, in the plant, will be converted into THC. This point happens most likely during the curing phase, or when the THCA is heated up (during smoking, vaping, or cooking). Thinking about this more closely, when marijuana dries or is heated the THCA is converting to THC. Decarboxylation (the process of applying heat) increases the conversion of THCA into THC. 

 

Take-away: 

Understanding this allows us to fully analyze the situation. Since raw weed is full of THCA (the non-psychoactive stuff), you'd have to eat approximately an eighth of raw weed in order to feel any sensation. That's a whole bunch of weed, that could be used in other ways and in smaller doses, to get you the same high.  

It would be better to turn the weed into cannabutter, to then make edibles. By doing this, the THC bonds with fat making it easier for your body to process. If your body can process THC faster, you'll feel a longer-lasting and more effective high. That's why most people have a much more intense high after eating an edible compared to smoking or vaping. 

 

CONCLUSION: TRUE...

It is possible to get high from eating weed raw, but it takes eating an eighth in order to feel any sensation of being high. Thus, it would be better to make cannabutter, or just plain smoking it to save you money, weed, and time!