You can get high eating raw weed but the tricoms get in your belly and tend to cause discomfort. So its good to heat it up to melt down the tricoms. And heat makes it more easyly digested. It works best if using canna butter or putting ground herbs in the food your cooking. Of. Ourse using ground herbs makes for a grainy product and it makes the house reek of herbs as it is being cooked. Yay canna butter.