Can You Eat Raw Marijuana? The Answer Is…

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Nicole Richter Nicole Richter / Updated on March 24, 2019

Can You Eat Raw Marijuana? Why You Might Want To Try This New Trend

As awareness surrounding the marijuana plant grows, it seems that we see a new growing trend emerge every week. While the traditional method of smoking weed is becoming old news and as the industry paves the way for the weird and wonderful future of cannabis consumption, is it possible that we could eat the plant as Mother Nature intended — raw, green, and completely “unmolested?”

Yes, it seems that eating cannabis raw is one of the newest methods of consumption for many around the world, and while it may not get you high, it does seem that the humble plant has just as much to offer from a health perspective in its raw form as it does via the psychoactive experience of smoking it.

In this article, we are going to look at how – and WHY – you would ever consider consuming raw marijuana. And trust us – by the end of it, you will want to try it too!

Medical Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

As strange as it might sound, there is a bucket load of reasons why raw cannabis may be the way to go. However, it is important to make it clear from the start that if you are looking to get high, raw marijuana is not for you.

Cannabis only becomes psychoactive after the decarboxylation (heating) process – without that, THC remains in its acidic state as THCA. While full of great benefits, however, THCA won’t get you high! That being said, more and more people are opting for this raw form of cannabis because of its endless list of medicinal benefits. And for those countless patients who want to experience the healing power of marijuana without the high, it may be the perfect option.

But other than the lack of any high, why would you opt for chowing down on some raw weed? The reality is that cannabis is a little powerhouse of nutritional benefits, and when you take away the decarboxylation process, you are left with a whole, healthy plant that’s full of wonderful qualities!

Weed Is a Leafy Green

Some people say that cannabis is as good as kale when it comes to its dark leafy green appearance – meaning it is filled to the brim with fiber! As you MUST know by now, fiber is essential for proper digestion — without it, you can expect some pretty nasty side effects.

Indeed, cannabis in its raw form is packed with fiber, which helps digestion as well as promotes healthy bacteria growth – perfect for physical and mental health!

So technically, cannabis in its raw form provides the body with essential nutrients that it needs to survive!

Throw Those Vitamin Supplements Away!

Forget spending hundreds of dollars a month on every vitamin supplement under the sun; raw marijuana is full of all the essential vitamins and minerals our body craves to be healthy!

As a matter of fact, raw cannabis has been found to possess all of the following:

  • Vitamin C– Great for boosting that immunity
  • Vitamin K – Essential for blood clotting and absorbing calcium
  • Iron, Folate, Calcium – For repairing DNA, helping oxygen travel through the blood, and maintaining strong, healthy bones.

Excellent For A Good Night’s Sleep!

You probably know all about terpenes (the compounds that give cannabis its specific aroma and flavors), But what many people don’t realize is how incredibly beneficial terpenes can be. And in raw marijuana, you are getting even more than you would in other forms of the plant!

Terpenes are responsible for many of the benefits of cannabis, from relaxing and stress relieving to bringing about acuity and focus. Contrary to what a lot of enthusiasts might think, there is a lot more to marijuana than THC and CBD!

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).

Ever Heard Of Anthocyanin?

There is a high chance that you have never heard of anthocyanin, and if this is the case then we recommend you get yourself acquainted! Anthocyanin is the nutrient-packed element that brings about that familiar red, purple, or even sometimes blue hue to food. It is found in many superfoods (such as purple cabbage and eggplant), and it is excellent for overall health.

Raw cannabis is full of anthocyanin (which brings about the beautiful purple-ish appearance in some strains). It’s great at promoting a healthy heart and immune system and can even help with vision!

Raw Cannabis Can Protect Your Body!

Cannabis is full of antioxidants, and when consumed raw, the antioxidants are even higher! Antioxidants are essential for our overall health, as they work to protect the body and fight off harmful free radicals. Consuming marijuana could potentially support long-term health, fight off cancer, keep your blood vessels healthy, and even help reverse damage from old age ‘wear and tear.’

Three No-brainer Reasons Why You Should Consume Raw Cannabis!

So, you have heard all about the medicinal benefits of consuming weed raw, but if that isn’t enough to convince you to start partaking, why not take a look at the other advantages of this method of consumption!


Okay, so in this day and age, it’s no question that there is a weed consumption method for everyone. And while devices such as vaporizers are getting more and more discreet, they also tend to lose some of the natural health benefits of the raw flower.

If you are consuming marijuana medically, then you will likely know all about this struggle and the stigma attached to consuming cannabis. This can be smoking, edibles, or vaporizing – it is all pretty out there in the open, and many people have an opinion.

When you consume cannabis in its raw form, though, you are doing away with all that worry and stress. You can chow down on a cannabis-infused salad at work, and nobody would know the difference. Also, you won’t end up high, and you can still get your dose of medicine, just not THC – a no-brainer win-win situation!


So we fully appreciate that the thought of eating raw weed may put some people off! We’re not suggesting you chomp down on some raw weed like it’s an apple, though. In reality, you will have to grind the raw flower up into pretty fine bits (use a normal blender) in order to help “release” the cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, omega acids, and other natural compounds.

Love a good salad? Sprinkle some raw cannabis over the top and there you go, a tasty salad full of nutrients! If salad isn’t up your alley, though, raw marijuana also goes amazing with fresh fruit smoothies – mix it in with your favorite ingredients, and blitz!

More Efficient

Whether you prefer to smoke weed or eat it as an edible, the sad truth is that these methods of consumption are pretty poor when it comes to things like the bioavailability of anything other than THC or CBD. Smoking, vaping, and extracts tend to leave THC residue, which is not consumed or digested. With raw cannabis you are getting the whole thing in one – nothing left out or wasted, and all the benefits!

(It is also important to consider that once heated, cannabis loses a lot of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids that provide so many health benefits).

Alternatives to Eating Raw Cannabis

We completely understand that eating cannabis raw just isn’t for everyone, which is why a suitable alternative could be consuming CBD. Although this choice varies from raw marijuana for a number of reasons, most notably the fact that THCA will be missing, CBD products are becoming more and more prominent as positive research continues to flood in regarding the cannabinoid. CBD oil is likely the most common way to consume cannabidiol, and since CBD products are typically non-psychoactive, they can be a wise option for both children and the elderly.

Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Raw Cannabis Flower

We realize that consuming raw weed isn’t going to appeal to everyone. With the aspect of “getting high” totally missing, it seems that many are reluctant to try this method of consumption. However, it is impossible to deny the medical benefits that eating raw cannabis comes with!

Raw cannabis is open to all ages and groups because it won’t produce mind-altering, intoxicating effects. As such, some are already saying that it may be a potential treatment for children and the elderly.

If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend you give raw cannabis a go and see what you think; we think you will love it!

  1. johnd
    eating the buds

    I found I can buy better smoke than I can grow. When My plants got 3′-4′ I started eating the buds right off the plant. I found the taste to be a little hot, like a mild pepper. I don’t know if it changed my health but if you ate spinach for a month you would probably not recognize the difference in your health.

    I do not know the cbd or thc content of my plants ( thc is good because it’s pretty good pot when smoked) but I feel it is like eating a raw vegetable. It seems it would be healthier than any other form as every time the plant is processed it probably loses some of its benefits.

    I wish they would do a study on the benefits of raw cannabis. Maybe it could be produced for food as most vegetables. I didn’t feel any kind of high although I did get a feeling of well being but this could just be my imagination.

  2. Kim Brace
    Not for High

    Many people eat raw marijuana, but note that it is meant for medicinal purpose if they consume it this way. Raw marijuana will have very little THC, and if you are consuming weed for the high, then this option would not work.

  3. Mayor marley
    Raw high everyday

    I use to smoke but planed of using the other alternative , that is eating it and I tell you the feeling is good .
    I tell u even a small quantity make me feel good on sleep .
    Let fight against smoking which really have serious effect and spice it up by eating ,
    Am ohk now a days cus I got my solution.

  4. Tina
    Don't smoke it to eat it!

    I smoked for many years. Tried eating it. And even ground it and put it into capsules. Nothing! I stopped smoking 2 years ago. I recently was told by an old neighbor that eating it gives you effects. I argued a bit but decided to try it. Conclusion: if you smoke it you are less likely to feel any effects from eating it. I was a multiple times a day smoker. Quit smoking for awhile then eat it, and you are likely to benefit.

  5. Debs
    Pop a bud and chow until a liquid then sleep all night

    I eat the dry bud I pop a bit in my mouth and keep chowing Untill it’s a liquid and gone after a while my mouth is numb and I sleep like a baby all night.
    It makes me a bit sleepy but that’s what iwant

  6. AMC
    I love Raw Cannabis 😍😍😍😍

    I know this is going to sound weird, but I actually eat raw cannabis everyday. I love the taste of it, not a whole lot, an amount someone would measure in a decent size ” blunt”. I try different kinds every chance I get. And some do give me a high feeling. Its really interesting to me that it does give me the high feel sometimes, although I don’t do it for the high, I prefer the taste.

  7. Mary

    How many leave should one chew a day?

  8. John Finley
    Not sure!!

    Yes, you can eat the raw cannabis, but depending upon the region where it is grown it would have little decarboxylation. So would not be able to give you much high, and would taste bad. The medicinal usage also, you won’t be able to standardize your dose. So a little risky in that sense.

  9. Phil2.1
    Freshly chopped herb?

    How on earth did you force yourself to consume so much?! Was it freshly cut? I honestly think that’s probably the best way to consume it, can you imagine? Succulent buds in salad with mayo…

  10. Phil2
    Im with Phil

    Im with Phil on this one , it is not tasty
    and I definatly got messed up. They need to specify what small amount there eating ?

  11. Phil
    Raw bud will certainly get you high... based on actual experience

    If you believe that raw bud won’t get you high, clear out your calendar for a day and eat a 16th of an ounce. The last time I ate that big a dose, I lost a full day to the giggles. I consume much smaller quantities now. I don’t know where the claim that raw bud doesn’t get you high comes from, but it doesn’t come from people who have tried it!

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