You can’t get high from eating raw flower. There are reasons why you should eat it however, and they have nothing to do with getting high.
In its natural state, the THC in marijuana isn’t psychoactive, which means that the plant is just filled with nutrients that are begging to be consumed but won’t get you high.
There’s a reason why simply eating your weed will not get you high: decarboxylation.
For those of you who slept through biology, decarboxylation is simply the removal of a carboxyl group from an organic compound, in this case THCa (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). The removal of that carboxyl group allows the THCa to become good ol’ THC, the cannabinoid that allows us to get high. This is why making edibles is not as simple as mixing your leftover shake and some brownie mix together. The THCa has to go through the entire process, or it won’t do you much good. If you want to eat your weed, you have to decarboxylate it first. This can be done by throwing it in the oven at 240 degrees for 40 minutes, while stirring every ten minutes. Anything above that will only succeed in torching your weed.
Cannabinoids are unique to marijuana and hemp plants, and they offer an immense amount of goodness, providing anti-proliferative and anti-spasmodic effects. THCA is also present in raw cannabis, and research suggests that it’s a great cannabinoid for treating inflammation and pain regulation. The raw form of cannabidiol, known as CBDA, has also shown some promising results for epilepsy and preventing inflammation.
There is a reason to eat raw flower though, several reasons in fact. It’s actually quite healthy for you. Cannabis flower contains tons and tons of nutrients, not the least of which being THCa and CBDa which interact with the cannabinoids in your body. Eating raw flower has a number of nutritional, as well as therapeutic benefits, and it tastes way better than raw kale!Like all leafy greens, cannabis is filled with fiber and could work really well if drunk on a smoothie or eaten on a salad (as weird as that would look). High fiber foods help your digestion, your immune system, and mental health. While this all sounds awesome, some users have reported that raw cannabis fan leaves can be rough on the stomach lining, so if you have a sensitive stomach try to drink it via smoothie, or add some leaves as a garnish on your dish.
Leafy greens are rich in nutrients like folate, iron, calcium, vitamin K and vitamin C. Cannabis contains all of this plus cannabinoid acids. CDB and THC are also considered antioxidants, battling stress and helping with cancer prevention.
The good thing about raw flower not getting you high is that you can consume as much of it as you want. It’s not uncommon for healthy minded people to juice raw cannabis, along with all their other veggies. Hey, you were always told to eat plenty of leafy greens, right?