So you’re caught by the cops and you have a little weed on you. Thinking about eating it to escape arrest? It’s not as easy as you might think… unless you plan ahead. There’s a reason why some tokers have an obnoxiously-large refill soda mug on them at all times, and it’s not always about cottonmouth.
(Deadspin) Yes, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). He says cops will leave people alone if they successfully scarf down their pot. But there are some caveats.
One problem is that eating weed isn’t easy. One poster on Marijuana.com writes: “Raw bud isn’t very appetizing. Eat a little and see.” It’s dry and sticky. It doesn’t go down smooth, and you can’t make it go away quickly—stray flecks linger on one’s fingers, face, and shirt.
“If you’re in that position,” St. Pierre says, “you want it in a single, self-contained unit, like the joint,” says St. Pierre, adding that rolling papers tend to be hemp-based and edible.
Too much of it causes trouble. Don’t try to eat more than half a gram. Any more than that, St. Pierre tells me, and it’ll be like trying to talk with your mouth full of saltines. You don’t have to worry about getting high from half a gram, either. If the pot isn’t heated or compressed, said St. Pierre, “there should be little or no psychoactive effects.” Avoid pipes, vaporizers, and the like—one can’t swallow those.
St. Pierre says that cops often trick people into opening their mouths and sticking out their tongues during stops. They say they’re looking for a green tongue, ostensibly a sign of recent marijuana use. It’s not a real indicator, but it works—anyone who has recently tried to swallow weed will show the sticky stuff all over their teeth.