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  • Writer's pictureAshley Slimak

Why Can I Eat Cannabis Edibles but Not Cannabis Flower?

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

Eating marijuana flower vs edibles

Qualified patients in Arkansas have access to dispensaries across the state. With an Arkansas Marijuana Card you can access dispensaries and try new products for your medical marijuana needs.

Have you ever been tempted to just eat a little bit of bud? Maybe you didn’t have any edibles, or you wanted a more affordable edible option.

Unfortunately, eating cannabis flower will not get you high. Yet, eating a cannabis edible will.

This begs the question, why doesn’t eating marijuana itself result in the same effects as smoking it or eating an edible?

The answer all comes down to one thing: heat.

Heat Activates THC

Raw cannabis contains an inactive form of THC called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). THCA must go through a process termed decarboxylation for it to transform into its active form, THC.

When you smoke cannabis flower, the fire converts the THCA to THC. This bioactive THC is carried to your lungs through smoke. Similar things happen when you use a vape pen or dab rig. When enough heat is applied, the THC becomes active.

Unlike raw marijuana, cannabis edibles contain the active form of THC. This is why you can eat edibles and experience marijuana’s effects.

But if you want to ingest the cannabis flower you have at home for its therapeutic effects, you will have to go through some steps to do it right.

Don’t Feel Like Smoking? Use Flower to Make Edibles

For home chefs, there’s no need to buy edibles. You can make your own edibles using cannabis flower. But adding straight bud into your cookie batter is not the best way to do it.

Making homemade edibles is a process. It takes many hours and a lot of patience. But for those who want to make their own edibles, the time is well worth the reward.

We’ve outlined how to make edibles from cannabis flower in an earlier post. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own marijuana-infused foods.

Just remember, eating straight cannabis isn’t going to do much to relieve pain or relax your mind.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Doctors
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Doctors

If you are an Arkansan suffering from one of these 18 medical conditions you may be eligible to treat your ailment with medical marijuana, which includes both THC and CBD products.

Click here to learn more about what Arkansas Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (844-249-8714) and our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process, and set you up with an appointment.

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