2happy wrote: Isn't it the drying of the plant that makes the crystals, which have the THC? Plucking a leaf off of the plant isn't going to give you that "high" that is achieved when dried and smoke or baked, right?
That's incorrect, though you are correct that drying does make cannabis more potent (in a sense).
The crystal is formed as the plant grows, once it's harvested nothing continues to grow on the plant. Some people use leaf in cooking/baking, but it's generally rare. The large fan leaves are nearly useless in cooking, they have such low THC content, they're usually thrown out or used to make bubble hash. The "sugar leaves" which come off the buds are sometimes used in cooking. Most who use it in cooking/baking, at least commercially, use buds as it's the most efficient method.
Wet buds are nearly impossible to smoke because they just won't burn. There's no problem using them in cooking or baking. They still have THC, and will still achieve the desired effect. Dried bud is generally preferable for cooking, though.
Where drying is an issue is usually with selling. The bud still has the same amount of THC whether wet or dry, but the weight is made up of multiple things. Water is a huge part of the weight before it's dried. So, 1 ounce of dried cannabis will have much more THC than 1 ounce of wet cannabis because the wet cannabis is so much heavier, but the actual bud has the same amount of THC either way.
With regards to the Biblical impact, the Bible is silent on allowable methods of preparation before using the plants as food. Were it true that the plant did need to be dried for the THC to form, that wouldn't contravene God's decree that he made the plant for humans to use as food.