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a6p asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 10 years ago

Is marijuana edible, I was told...?

... that marijuana can be eaten like regular food, and you'd still get a high?

Hypothetically, could you stuff some into a capsule, and swallow it like a regular pill?

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  • 10 years ago
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    If you eat marijuana on it's own, like the straight buds, then you will get NO effects and you will have wasted marijuana. Putting it in a capsule is also a waste.

    THC, the active ingredient in marijuana which gives you the high, is fat and alcohol soluble. This means that in order to make edibles that will get you high, you must "decarboxylate" the THC which breaks the bonds it has with its natural chemicals.

    You can put marijuana in high-proof alcohol like grain alcohol or strong vodka, shake it a few times a day for a week, and then the alcohol will have absorbed the THC so that your body can process it. This makes a tincture type edible which can be very strong, called Green Dragon.

    The other way to "decarboxylate" THC is with a fat and heat. Common fats used are butter or oil. However, the fat doesn't automatically absorb the THC so you must apply heat. Sautee-ing the marijuana in butter on the stove will do the trick, because this added heat adds the energy necessary for decarboxylation. Then with your canna-butter, you can add it to everything from cakes to brownies to cookies, spread some on bread, whatever you want. This will give you the desired effects.

    Eating straight marijuana is a waste. You could eat a whole plant, and you would not be high.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    You can't eat the natural marijuana plants and get high, you need to put it in baked goods since THC is a fat-soluble substance. There are these "THC pills" out there that get you super high, but that can't be achieved just by putting marijuana into an empty capsule.

  • 10 years ago

    Yes you can eat marijuana and No you can't stuff it into a capsule and swallow it like a pill-I mean you can but you wont get high the stomach acid will attack it before it can be absorbed into your system. Basically, marijuana sticks to fat/oil, you have to bake it in a cake/brownies, or add it to fat with heat, so that it's fat-soluble and then THC is released into your body when you eat it.

    Source(s): Research, stories from addicts that have been in treatment where I worked. 22 years working in behavioral health and recovery programs.
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    An amount in a capsule would be too low for any perceivable effects. Yes you can eat it plain and get high. You do not need to cook it or dissolve it in oil. It has higher bioavailability when in an oil as opposed to in its natural state, and some of the less psychoactive TCA degrades to the more potent THC.

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  • 10 years ago

    You could eat it by itself but it really wouldnt do all that much for you, what people mean when they say they eat food with marijuana in is that they have used a product containing THC to make the food, most commonly people make THC butter (i cant remember how) and use it bake cakes etc. so technically there is no marijuana as such in the marijuana based foods you eat. :)

    Source(s): I tried some once or twice :D
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    For me, it takes 45-60 mins for me to start feeling a heavy buzz, then the high kind of just creeps on you and before you know it you're so stoned haha. So basically eat at 9:25-10:25

  • 10 years ago

    Yes, it is a natural herb. Eating it takes longer for the high to start, but lasts a lot longer than smoking it, and of course, eating it is much healthier than smoking.

    Tobacco is poisonous to eat.

    Ironic that the government makes a healthy natural herb illegal, while allowing the poisonous tobacco to be legal. If anything, it should be the other way around.

    No one would ever entertain the idea that tobacco be used for medicinal purposes!

    You can't even get high from tobacco, just cancer.

  • 10 years ago

    This is just useful information- just published, that teens who use pot should be aware of:

    Cannabis use precedes the onset of psychotic symptoms in young people

    Science Codex

    Wednesday, March 02, 2011

    Cannabis use during adolescence and young adulthood increases the risk of psychotic symptoms, while continued cannabis use may increase the risk for psychotic disorder in later life, concludes a new study published on bmj.com today.

    Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world, particularly among adolescents, and is consistently linked with an increased risk for mental illness. However, it is not clear whether the link between cannabis and psychosis is causal, or whether it is because people with psychosis use cannabis to self medicate their symptoms.

    So a team of researchers, led by Professor Jim van Os from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, set out to investigate the association between cannabis use and the incidence and persistence of psychotic symptoms over 10 years.

    The study took place in Germany and involved a random sample of 1,923 adolescents and young adults aged 14 to 24 years.

    The researchers excluded anyone who reported cannabis use or pre-existing psychotic symptoms at the start of the study so that they could examine the relation between new (incident) cannabis use and psychotic symptoms.

    The remaining participants were then assessed for cannabis use and psychotic symptoms at three time points over the study period (on average four years apart).

    Incident cannabis use almost doubled the risk of later incident psychotic symptoms, even after accounting for factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic status, use of other drugs, and other psychiatric diagnoses. Furthermore, in those with cannabis use at the start of the study, continued use of cannabis over the study period increased the risk of persistent psychotic symptoms

    There was no evidence for self medication effects as psychotic symptoms did not predict later cannabis use.

    These results "help to clarify the temporal association between cannabis use and psychotic experiences," say the authors. "In addition, cannabis use was confirmed as an environmental risk factor impacting on the risk of persistence of psychotic experiences."

    The major challenge is to deter enough young people from using cannabis so that the prevalence of psychosis is reduced, say experts from Australia in an accompanying editorial.

    Professor Wayne Hall from the University of Queensland and Professor Louisa Degenhardt from the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, question the UK's decision to retain criminal penalties for cannabis use, despite evidence that removing such penalties has little or no detectable effect on rates of use. They believe that an informed cannabis policy "should be based not only on the harms caused by cannabis use, but also on the harms caused by social policies that attempt to discourage its use, such as criminal penalties for possession and use."

    Source: BMJ-British Medical Journal

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    Source(s): British Medical Journal
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    yes to the first no to the second.

    Marijuana sticks to fat/oil, you gotta make a cake or add it to fat with heat so that it's fat-soluble thc is released.

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