One question that keeps popping up is: ‘Does eating weed get you high?’ For many novice marijuana users, the answer to this question may not be as clear-cut as it would seem. Although ingesting marijuana orally in sufficient amounts will get you high, there are a number of factors to take into consideration in order to get the best out of the experience…and to prevent the experience from getting the better of you.
Eating weed provides a unique high
Before we go into how you can prepare weed for eating, we should first mention to those unaware that eating marijuana will provide a different experience than smoking or even vaporizing it. When marijuana is smoked, THC is introduced into the blood through the blood vessels in the lungs. From there it makes its way to the brain, and the effects are felt almost immediately. When eating weed, the THC will first have to be processed by the liver before it can make its way to the brain via the blood stream. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or even more, depending on factors such as the amount of marijuana consumed, the potency of the product, and the body weight of the person.
A much more powerful sensation
So the answer to the question ‘does eating weed get you high?’ is a resounding “yes!”, but there is a little more to it than just chowing down on a bud or two. First of all, you have to realize that although eating weed will produce pretty much the same effect as smoking it, the sensations will be much more powerful. Some people also report a more ‘body’ focused high, regardless of the strain consumed.
Extract THC in fat
It is also important to first heat the marijuana in butter, oil, or some other form of fat. THC is fat-soluble, which means that heating it up in any of the above forms of fat will cause the THC to be extracted from the plant matter. The resulting solution can then be mixed into food, added to food during preparation, or consumed as it is. Simply ingesting the raw plant matter will not be as efficient, and your digestive will likely have a rough time processing it.
A delayed high
Because the effects of eating weed can take a fairly long time to be felt, many novice users consume much more than they need to get comfortably high. As the weed begins to take effect however, the sensation can be too powerful and overwhelming, even for relatively experienced users. This is why it is important to first determine how much weed you can take. This can be done by taking only a small portion of the marijuana edible at first. After an hour or so, if there are no apparent effects, or if you feel that the effects can be easily managed, you can take another small piece, wait another hour, and so on.
For most people, 10 mg of THC is usually sufficient in order to get a pleasantly manageable high. You can add to this amount as you get used to the effects of eating weed, but remember to proceed cautiously and to try not to exceed your limit.