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Cannabis contains natural-occurring compounds known as cannabinoids that have various effects on the body. This has to do with the endocannabinoid system, which is part of the brain that the cannabinoids go to after entering the body. As these compounds make their way into the system, they trigger various moods, appetite, pain relief, and sleep aid.

You experience the “high” feeling when your body gets active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is not in raw cannabis. Raw cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinolic acid or THCA, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Burning or lighting cannabis can cause the THCA to drop the ACID molecule, which is converted into active Delta-9 THC, which causes a high effect. This process is known as decarboxylation which takes place when you light the marijuana on fire when smoking a pipe, blunt, or joint.

THC Needs to Enter your Bloodstream to Reach the Receptors

Marijuana is not something your body can easily process and when you consume raw marijuana flowers must of the trace amount of THC that enters your stomach never reaches the bloodstream as they get expelled through the digestive system. But, if you are looking to try raw cannabis to avoid the harm that smoking may cause your lungs, edibles infused with cannabis are available for you to enjoy. There are a lot of kinds of cannabis-infused food and drinks today and they all don’t contain raw marijuana flowers.

What Happens when you Eat Raw Marijuana?

While eating raw marijuana does not get you high, remember that hemp seeds have been known for being a great source of essential oils, cannabinoid acids, and vitamins necessary for maintaining proper cell functions. Also, the cannabinoids do a lot of thing for the body such as help combat diseases, fight inflammation, and relieve chronic pain. You can get these cannabinoids without getting high.

If you are interested in consuming marijuana in its raw form, you may want to juice it. Biting into a weed bud comes with an odd squishy texture. By juicing your weed, you get the cannabinoids, minerals, and vitamins in the plant without digesting a tough plant matter. For a more pleasant experience, you can mix cannabis with other fruits and vegetables to come up with a delicious, healthy super drink. And because you eat raw marijuana, you enjoy the benefits of THCA, which is found to be an anti-inflammatory agent and has some neuroprotective qualities that promote brain health.