Marijuana becomes a popular alternative treatment for different illnesses, like cancer, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease and many others. Usually, medical marijuana is processed and made into an oil. If that oil is rich with THC—the active chemical compound in marijuana that gives you a “high” feeling—it will have both medical and psychoactive properties. With processed marijuana edibles, it works the same way. But what about eating raw cannabis? Raw marijuana is believed to have a lot of health benefits. And people who consume raw or juiced cannabis do so not for high feelings and pleasure but for all the health benefits they can get from the plant. But can you eat weed and get high if it was not processed?
Can raw weed get you high?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for getting you “high.” The trick is that in order to activate THC, marijuana should be heated. When you eat raw cannabis or drink a cannabis juice without heating it, you consume only the cannabinoid acids (THCA)—potent compounds that help regulate the endocannabinoid system. When you heat THCA, it turns into THC. So, until your raw weed is not heated, you will not get high.
For those who are not looking for recreational marijuana experience, drinking freshly squeezed marijuana juice or adding raw weed to salads and different dishes is becoming one of the most popular ways to consume marijuana. Because when it comes to eating marijuana in its natural state, it is hard to even imagine how much weed you would have to consume in order to feel that euphoria that you usually get from smoking a joint.
Most cannabis strains cultivated today have a large level of THCA. And as you already know, heating it is the key to activating THC. So, all you need to do is to eat fresh cannabis leaves and to juice your weed properly, without heating it even a bit. If you juice it improperly, however, there will be a risk of forming THC and turning your regular juice into a potent marijuana drink. And make sure you use fresh, organic and pesticide-free plants, so your meals will be not only delicious but safe for your health as well.