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Can You Eat Raw Cannabis?

Can You Eat Raw Cannabis?

Are you curious about whether eating a raw marijuana bud will get you high? Let’s get right to the point – it won’t! We’ll look at the reasons why living marijuana plants do not produce psychoactive effects and the necessary processes that make it possible. 

For general information about whether a Florida medical marijuana recommendation is right for you, schedule an exam with one of our Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors. You may complete our eligibility survey in just 5 minutes to find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA), other than a mouthful to pronounce, is the less-often discussed component of marijuana that, through a curation process, turns into THC over time. The final stage of that process occurs when the cannabis is heated through vaping, smoking, or cooking. THCA is the non-psychoactive compound that, once harvested and stored, converts slowly within the marijuana plant. This is why growers take often take time to curate their plants before selling them to dispensaries. Known as decarboxylation, the process of converting THCA into THC is essential to the experience most seek when consuming marijuana [1].

Raw Marijuana and Absorption

Raw marijuana is processed by the digestive system, such that, only trace amounts of THC are absorbed. Smoking, vaping, or cooking marijuana activates the THC, allowing it to enter the bloodstream. Those who have concerns about whether marijuana can damage the lungs should opt for consuming edibles or drinks that have been properly infused with cannabis. Usually, edibles are processed by heating cannabis in butter, alcohol, or oil. Edibles do not contain raw cannabis or flowers [1].

Health Benefits of Raw Cannabis

Though raw cannabis will not get someone high, it does have many health benefits enjoyed by people the world over. A relatively new form of consumption, eating raw cannabis does have healing powers. First, it is similar to leafy green vegetables like kale, so the marijuana plant is full of fiber – great for digestion! In addition, marijuana contains essential vitamins and nutrients [2]:

  • Iron – the most prevalent nutritional deficiency, iron aids the transport of oxygen through the body [3].
  • Folate/Folic Acid – Important for metabolism and cell growth and an important supplement for pregnant women [4].
  • Calcium – The most plentiful nutrient in the body, calcium builds strong bones, regulates muscle contraction (including the heartbeat), aids blood coagulation, and promotes healthy communication between the brain and body [5].
  • Vitamin C – Boosts the immune system.
  • Vitamin K – Aids blood clotting and calcium absorption.

Many know that marijuana contains terpenes (compounds that contribute to the flavor and aroma of cannabis) that are more prevalent in the raw form of cannabis. Terpenes bring relaxation and stress relief, key aspects to a good night of sleep. “So if you are after a peaceful and sound night’s sleep but don’t fancy the risks of getting high before bedtime, eating raw marijuana could be the very thing you need (it works wonders in helping you fall asleep naturally, and more importantly, to stay asleep through the all-important REM cycles” [2].


Perhaps the most interesting benefit to consuming raw cannabis comes from the lesser-known nutritional element “anthocyanin.” It is responsible for the purple, red, and blue hues recognized in most superfoods like eggplant and cabbage. Some strains even reflect a purplish hue because anthocyanin is very abundant in raw cannabis. A powerful promoter of overall health, it promotes a healthy heart, immune system, and even improved vision [2].

Is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?

Whether medical marijuana will help your condition depends on many factors best evaluated by a medical doctor. If you feel you may benefit from medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation. A Florida Marijuana Marijuana Doctor can then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit https://docmj.com.

  1. https://www.civilized.life/articles/can-you-eat-raw-cannabis-to-get-high/
  2. https://www.marijuanabreak.com/eat-raw-marijuana
  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/features/iron-supplements#1
  4. https://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-folic-acid#1
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248958.php#why-do-we-need-calcium?