Pigs Eat Like Pigs On Marijuana

Know any pigs who enjoy a good snack at 4:20 every day? We may have the answer as to why they suddenly have the munchies.

No one ever asked why Porky Pig had such a voracious stutter. Nor did they ask why he was so porky. The answer may finally be coming to light: Porky Pig, or at least, a group of pigs in Seattle to whom he may be a relative, enjoy consuming cannabis. In turn, customers enjoy consuming the pigs.

Do the pigs smoke cannabis?

Unlike their human counterparts, the pigs are not actually smoking cannabis, they're eating it. While pigs are notorious for eating just about anything, they typically don't enjoy consuming greens. So, to combat their aversion to healthy food, William Von Schneidau, a butcher from Seattle, began mixing the cannabis into the pig slop with the use of a wood chipper.

Not only do the pigs not realise they're finally eating their greens, but their appetite also seems to improve while eating it. In fact, when the pigs were fed cannabis for the last four months of their lives, they gained an average of 9 to 13.5 kilos more than their siblings who did not consume the cannabis. Quite simply, they were eating more. In other words - they had the munchies.

Before you get up in arms about illegal substances being fed to animals, it should be noted that more study is needed to determine if there are measurable traces of THC within the cannabis they are consuming. Furthermore, there are currently no laws indicating that anything illegal is happening.

Do the pigs taste like pot?

Quickly, the answer is no. However, people who consume the meat tend to agree that grass-fed meat has a savorier flavour than artificially-fed meat.  Likewise, the people who have consumed these cannabis-fed pigs have indicated a more vibrant flavour in the meat. When he first served this special pork to the public, the butcher found that his meat proved popular. After the event, he sold out every last pound of cannabis-fed pork he had.

Is this butcher some crazy stoner?

When asked, he indicated that, personally, he prefers a glass of wine or a shot of Maker's Mark over smoking marijuana. He didn't start feeding his pigs cannabis as some stoner pipedream to get his pigs high. In fact, his primary goal was to help create a sustainable farming environment in the state of Washington.

With the expansion of the legalized cannabis industry in Washington, there ostensibly came an increased number of cannabis farmers. To cut back on the waste they produce, Von Schneidau saw an opportunity to provide his pigs with low-cost, high-quality food that helps mitigate the waste that comes with farming cannabis. In essence, the feed is largely made of stems and leaves that can't be used otherwise.

The goal, he says, is responsible farming and locally-grown meat. His main concern with commercially grown meat is the amount of antibiotics and hormones that go into its production.

If you think you might get high eating this meat, you won't. There's no discernible amount of THC within the delicious meat.

This must be illegal.

The legality of this issue is still being discussed. The cannabis market itself is relatively new and legislators are notoriously slow. The main concern for Von Schneidau at the moment is the transportation of the cannabis. While the product is largely un-smokable and wouldn't get even the most desperate stoner high, it is still cannabis and its transportation is highly regulated even within States that have legalized cannabis.

Should we worry about the pigs?

At this point, it's impossible to say. The pigs seem to enjoy the feed, and they don't appear to become intoxicated. However, a pig's internal plumbing is very similar to humans which may explain why they seem to get the munchies and add-on so much weight. Von Schneidau insists the pigs are happy, enjoy their diet, and the cannabis added to their slop increases their fibre intake. Thus, healthy, happy, and tasty pigs are locally-grown by ethical farmers.

If we should worry about any pigs, perhaps it should be the commercially tormented, hormone-fed, less palatable pigs that currently flood the market.

Is there a unique way to eat these pigs?

A pig is a pig is a pig. Even though they are cannabis-fed, they still make bacon and sausage. The chops come out tender, and their porterhouse is divine. Von Schneidau recommends either grilling or barbecuing the meat to add a rich, smoky flavour.

In blind taste tests, people have described the meat as tender, smooth, and mellow. It seems it's possible to taste the happiness and relaxed state of the pigs within their meat.

Who is consuming this meat?

While it may be easy to guess that the consumers are lazy stoners or old hippies, you'd be wrong. The majority of people purchasing and consuming this meat are smart shoppers looking to buy from sustainable, local farming practitioners. In most of their minds, they're deciding between a pig raised on un-consumable cannabis or a pig raised on antibiotics in a cage so small it's can't turn around.

Should we expect to see more cannabis-fed meat in the future?

The answer to that question is currently uncertain. Legislation may change, research may shift, or the market may simply be too small to expand this practice. What is certain, is that so far, reviews have been positive, customers have been happy, and the pigs are happy to consume our waste products.

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