With the increasing popularity of juicing, it comes as no surprise that the marijuana community is exploring juicing with the cannabis plant. Not only is it packed with cannabinoids, but it also contains other nutrients such as iron, fiber, vitamin B and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Using raw cannabis when you’re juicing can be great for those who do not desire to be “high” because it hasn’t undergone the decarboxylation process. THC, the intoxicating ingredient in cannabis, does not become activated until it undergoes the decarboxylation process where it is heated by flame or through vaporization.
A cannabis shake using raw cannabis is a healthy alternative for those who desire the benefits of cannabis but are not great at rolling joints, dabbing, or just want to avoid its psychoactive effects altogether. Furthermore, raw cannabis does not have a pungent smell and is perfect for those trying to keep their consumption discreet.
1. It’s healthier compared to smoking or vaping
The wonders of smoking and vaping cannabis have recently been discovered by the medical community, leading to its legalization in some US states and countries. However, recent evidence has shown that up to 99% of healthy nutrients are broken down when the plant is heated. Raw cannabis also does not give the psychoactive effects often associated because heat is required to convert THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD respectively. Therefore, the human body is able to consume more far more cannabis without experiencing any potential mind-altering effects.
2. Will help treat problems of the nervous system
One of the main causes of inflammation in the body is one-way traffic to nerve cells. This means that there is a negative feedback loop in the immune cells and inflammation cannot be properly reduced due to poor communication.
CBD can act as a bridge in the central nervous system and is able to provide a two-way communication system allowing for better cell communication and immune function. As a result, raw cannabis can help treat a wide range of illnesses including autoimmune disorders, cellular dysfunction, and nervous system disorders. This has been demonstrated by notable cases such as that of Charlotte Figi, a young girl who suffered from numerous seizures a day caused by Dravet’s Syndrome. Once treated with CBD, her seizures were reduced to only a couple a month.
3. Mixes well with other healthy juices
Do not forget that raw cannabis counts toward the recommended vegetable servings per day! Juicing makes digestion easier compared to edibles and therefore more nutrients can enter the bloodstream directly. It is often recommended that you should stick to a 4:1 vegetable: fruit ratio when mixing in order to minimize sugar content. Go ahead and customize with your favorite fruit juice, good choices include green apple, carrot, ginger, and lemon because of their low fructose content!
Many suggest that carrot compliments raw cannabis perfectly because it is rich in phosphorus, sodium, calcium and other minerals. Since most fruit nutrients are found right under the skin, it is important that you do not peel the skin off. Instead, just wash the fruit with water and a brush before placing it in the blender.
How does one juice raw cannabis? It’s as simple and the same as blending any other fruit or vegetable! It is important that you do not use any dried plant material. Instead, freshly picked leaves and buds should be used. The recommended dosage is 15 large fan leaves and two or three raw buds per day. Raw cannabis juice is relatively bitter; feel free to mix in some sugar leaves or any other juice to give it a smoother taste. Note that the juice can be stored for up to 3 days in a refrigerator.
Juicing raw cannabis is among one of the best ways to benefit from cannabis and just might make you want to pack away your helix bong for good! It does not give the typical psychedelic high often associated with marijuana and is easier to digest than most edibles. When juiced with other fruits and leafy greens, it can provide more than your daily requirement of nutrients. It is important that you choose freshly-picked cannabis grown without any fertilizers or pesticides. Many small dispensaries do not sell raw cannabis and we recommend you to grow your own cannabis to ensure juice of the best possible quality.