If you were a stoner in high school, then chances are you’re familiar with stealing apples from the cafeteria only to smoke out of them once the last bell rang. For those of you that don’t know, an apple bong is a delicately constructed device that requires minimal preparation and delivers maximum results. With a pen, an apple, and some creativity a perfectly functional smoking apparatus can be assembled and even composted after use. How perfect for all of the tree-hugging druggies out there.
While it’s unclear as to how the invention came about, chances are some hippie pothead who’d just lost his pipe and had nothing to smoke out of was being all “green” and opted for something slightly more organic than the ever-popular tin can. Naturally — following in his half-baked fore fathers’ footsteps — came the loser who had the bright “highdea” to eat the fruit after smoking out of it in the hopes of getting higher. Stoned and confused, the myth that eating a post-smoked apple bong will get you baked was born.
Regardless of the tall tale and the apple bong’s origins, MythPuffers is here to challenge the theory eating a resin filled apple can get you high. For this week’s debunking we decided to do things a little differently by conducting an experiment with some curious NYU Local staffers. We began by establishing a control variable—one that would be generously compensated after the experiment. Of the anonymous staff members that participated, one agreed to sit out while the rest smoked from the apple. Our goal was to see if the sober subject felt high after eating the post-smoked bong. Our hypothesis? These crazy potheads don’t know what they’re talking about. If you eat a “weed apple,” then nothing will happen other than maybe an upset stomach.
For the experiment we gathered an apple, a pen, and a screen.
Once the bong was assembled, the participating parties smoked, while the control variable waited anxiously on standby.
When the apple bong was cashed, the control ate the resin filled fruit and waited for whatever effects to set in.
While the idea of eating an oxidized, smoke filled apple may seem like a bad idea to some, our subject wasn’t bothered by the browning and claimed the only off-putting element was the distinct taste of weed. After an hour of waiting and watching late night television, the control admittedly experienced no effects.
Although this is only one of a potentially infinite amount of trials, it’s not surprising that the subject felt nothing—and here’s why. For one thing, THC—the psychoactive chemical in cannabis that gets you high—has very low solubility in water, but dissolves well in fats and alcohols. For those of you that don’t know, this is why people tend to use oil or butter when cooking up some “baked” goods. Right. So, enter: apple. Your average apple has about 0.4g of fat — only 0.6% of your daily intake based on a 2,000-calorie diet — and is roughly 84% water. Based the fact that water is a poor solvent in terms of dissolving THC, you have a better chance of getting high from snacking on Doritos dusted in weed than you do from eating an apple that’s been smoked out of. In conclusion, will an apple bong get you high? Well yeah, obviously, but eating it afterwards won’t.
This myth: Puffed.