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Science Says Don’t Cook With Raw Cannabis
Submitted by Marijuana News on Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:08
If you’re new to cannabis cooking and are ready to dump a ton of fresh bud straight into a brownie mix, stop! This is probably a bad idea, and science is here to tell you why.
Raw cannabis probably won’t get you high
Studies have shown that there are three active ingredients, or cannabinoids, that produce the effects of cannabis that you’re most likely familiar with: THC, CBD and CBG.
But they don’t start life this way.
Most people at least somewhat familiar with weed will probably be familiar with THC and CBD for their ability to get you high. But when ingested in a raw format they won’t have this effect.
According to Medical News Today, this is because these cannabinoids have carboxylic acid attached them that make them non-intoxicating cannabinoid. In this state the cannabinoids are referred to as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THCA-A), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabigerolic acid (CBGA).
The carboxylic acid compounds need to be removed to result in a high. This is called decarboxylation and can be achieved from exposing cannabis to light or heat.
For example, as cannabis dries the TCHA will slowly convert to THC.