Straight up smoking weed can literally give you the best feeling in the world. It’s as though your surroundings don’t make sense, you can’t open your eyes because of your sudden sleepiness, and you immediately get the munchies like no tomorrow. Sometimes, just a few hits does the trick. But instead of smoking it, have you ever considered eating weed?
Believe it or not, smoking and eating weed give off two completely diverse affects. While some people prefer smoking a blunt, there are actually people who would rather eat edibles. But I’m not talking about baked goods that consists of weed… I’m talking about eating straight weed. If you’ve tried it before, you know exactly what goes down and how different and more intense the feels are compared to edibles. But, for some reason, you’re considering eating weed like it’s a piece of romaine lettuce, this is what goes down when you a lot of eat weed.
Can you eat marijuana?
The short answer is yes, you can eat weed. In fact, marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been consumed throughout history, as far back as 1000 B.C.
Marijuana was used as medicine in ancient China and India and was introduced to Western medicine in the early 19th century. Edible applications, such as tinctures, were prescribed to treat various conditions, from chronic pain to digestive disorders.
Edible marijuana products were also used to relieve stress and induce euphoria, similar to alcohol.
Bhang, a beverage made from a mixture of the leaves and flowers of marijuana plants, has been consumed for centuries during religious festivals, such as Holi, a Hindu festival of love and color.
In the United States, recreational use of edible marijuana products became popular during the 1960s, and today, many different types of edibles are available, both legally and illegally, depending on state laws.
For example, gummies, candies, chocolates, capsules, teas, and oils are some of the edible marijuana products sold in both legal marijuana dispensaries and through the illegal marijuana market.
Edibles enthusiasts also make their own weed products by infusing butter or oil with marijuana and mixing it into baked goods and other recipes.
Though you can eat raw weed, it won’t have the same effect as consuming marijuana-based products, as marijuana has to go through a process known as decarboxylation to become activated (6Trusted Source).
Raw marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), compounds that must be exposed to heat, such as in smoking or baking, to turn into the active forms, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Therefore, eating raw weed will not result in the same effects as consuming weed that has been heated, as in edible products like candies, tinctures, and baked goods.
Though you can’t get high from eating raw weed, some health experts believe that eating it may offer some health benefits due to the wide array of plant compounds it contains.
Yet, research in this area is lacking, so the potential therapeutic benefit of raw marijuana is still unclear.
Weed has been consumed in various forms throughout history for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Though you can eat raw marijuana, it won’t have the same effects as marijuana that has been heated.
Health benefits related to edible marijuana
Marijuana has many medicinal benefits and has been used to treat various ailments throughout history.
Today, edible marijuana products have a number of uses in the medical field and are becoming a more popular, accepted natural treatment in clinical settings.
May benefit certain health conditions
Edible marijuana products are often used to treat conditions, such as chronic pain, cancer-related symptoms, and anxiety.
Medical cannabis products can legally be prescribed in countries around the world, including Italy, Spain, Germany, and parts of the United States.
THC is one of over 100 active compounds — known as cannabinoids — in marijuana.
THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive properties of marijuana products, including edibles, that may induce feelings of euphoria and relaxation.
Other compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, have been shown to have pain- and anxiety-reducing properties.
The powerful combination of therapeutic compounds in this plant makes it a popular natural treatment that effectively reduces symptoms of and eases pain related to various conditions.
For example, edible marijuana products, such as oils, tinctures, pills, and gummies, are prescribed to treat poor appetite, pain, and weight loss in people who have cancer.
Additionally, these products may significantly reduce pain and muscle spasms, relieve nausea and vomiting, enhance sleep quality, and improve depression and.
In fact, pharmaceutical companies manufacture oral preparations of marijuana-derived treatments, such as Sativex, which is an oral spray prescribed to treat pain and muscle spasticity.
Though edible marijuana products are prescribed and used to treat many other ailments, such as digestive and neurological disorders, high-quality research in these areas is lacking.
Therefore, the full therapeutic potential of marijuana is still unknown.
Edible marijuana is used to treat symptoms related to various medical conditions, such as cancer and chronic pain. However, high-quality studies are lacking, so the full effects of marijuana products on health are still unclear.
You start to lose concentration
Just smoking weed or eating an edible can possibly make you lose concentration. But imagine eating raw, straight fuckin’ weed? Some of you don’t understand how strong and intense the affects are. It can completely take away your full focus, leaving you as though you’re drifting off into space… and not the good kind!
You’ll start to lose focus, and it’ll feel like you’re trapped in your head. Your thoughts are the only things you’re hearing, and everything else beyond that is totally gibberish to you.
You’re suddenly extremely tired
Anything related to weed will get you tired, but honestly, if you’re going to eat weed raw, you’re probably going to knock out in an instant. Like I’ve mentioned before, weed by itself is so intense that the affects of it is like times eight! Your eyes are going to be shutting in no time.
But it’s the type of tired where you cannot keep your eyes even the slightest bit open. You’re struggling as though you haven’t slept in years. The fatigue is real when you eat straight weed, and you’ll probably pass out without realizing it.
Your blood pressure changes
Marijuana in general can raise or lower your blood pressure. For short-term effects, cannabis can increase blood pressure tremendously. However, for long-term effects, it decreases blood pressure and eventually leaving you relaxed. But when you eat weed, that shit goes up.
Your blood pressure can sky rocket and it’s not the best thing to do. If you’re already dealing with high blood pressure, I highly suggest not doing this. Well, I suggest not eating weed as a whole. Since your heart rate will rise too, so will your blood pressure when eating raw cannabis.
You start to hallucinate
When you eat weed, you hallucinate like crazy. Smoking weed or eating an edible makes you trip out, but eating weed on its own is a completely different story. You’ll see the trees doing the salsa, an infant speaking perfect Mandarin, and you’ll always see something in the corner of your eyes, making you trip the hell out.
Many people know the crazy affects weed can have, that’s why they don’t abuse it at all. Smoking and baking it into food are ways to calm down the drug. But putting the whole thing in your mouth, you won’t know what you’ll see. And it’s very, very overwhelming.
Dizziness starts to occur
This one is no brainer. Too much of anything can get you dizzy, like hotboxing. And as for eating raw cannabis, the spins will start to happen! Your body wouldn’t be able to handle the strong affect from straight weed and leaving you into a dizzy mess.
So, imagine hallucinating, becoming extremely tired, and dizzy all at the same time? It’s like your mind is going through the worst rollercoaster ever. Even if you lay down to stop your head from spinning… it just keeps on going! You can’t stop it, that’s the worst part. Don’t eat weed if you hate being dizzy, which is the majority of us.
You start to hyperventilate.
Many new smokers actually panic and hyperventilate during their first few times smoking. Since they’re not used to it, their bodies react a different way than long-term smokers. They panic, start to hear things, and their heart is literally racing. Even if you’re a long-term smoker, when you eat weed, all of this can still happen to you.
You begin to deal with so much anxiety that you’re unable to catch your breath. Your heart raise rises immensely and you’re overall shaken by the sudden ingestion of cannabis. Your body wouldn’t be able to handle it.
You can possibly vomit
Finally, probably the last thing that can occur when you eat weed is… just vomiting. You’re puking everywhere, because your stomach couldn’t take in raw weed from how intense it is. If your stomach can handle edibles, don’t assume that it can take on straight weed. Like I’ve mentioned before, they’re two completely different things.
Rather than accepting it, your stomach will reject it and make you puke it back up. This can also happen by how dizzy you are, too. You can end up getting pretty nauseous and start vomiting. Just stick to smoking weed, man. Next time you’re considering ingesting a nug, just stick to joints and vapes.