What are the benefits of juicing or eating raw cannabis, is it good for you, will it get you high, and does it cure cancer?
I have been consuming raw cannabis in smoothies and just raw off the plant for the last few months, and I think I feel some improved health effects. That had me doing some more reading on the subject, here is some of the information I have been coming up with.
For one, eating raw cannabis does not get you as high as smoking it, and it must be heated or (decarboxylated) to get buzzed like smoking it. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction using heat that releases carbon dioxide (C02) from a carbon chain of molecules. It takes a heating process to turn THC-A (Tetrahydrocannabinolic-acid) the normal raw state of the chemical THC, and the well-known form that gets you high. So consuming raw cannabis is not great for the purpose of getting high, but it is great for the health benefits. One major thing about the raw or acidic form (THC-A) is that it is not as good for pain, since it lacks the euphoric high associated with the heated THC form.
You can also take in much larger doses of cannabinoids when it is raw. Your bodies CB1 and CB2 receptors can only take in about 10mg of THC and other cannabinoids in a dose, but you can take in some 500 to 1,000mg of raw THC-A, and other raw cannabinoids like CBD-A and CBDG-A. Higher doses of these important cannabinoids can greatly enhance their effect on the body, and unless you are a cancer, leukemia or other major disease patient you may not need that high of a dose.
We have cannabinoid receptors built in to our nervous system, and neurotransmissions from cannabinoids stimulate a two way communication in the nervous system “endogenous cannabinoid system” reducing inflammation and improving communication of the nervous system. Opening up of the nervous system improves healing and overall health and balance of the body.
Good news, cannabis is a vegetable and is known to be a super-food, or a food rich in antioxidants that has anti-inflammatory and anti—cancer compounds in it. The health effects that can be gained by eating or juicing cannabis are the reducing or prevention of inflammation, cancer cells, cellular dysfunction, disease, diabetes; it also helps with weight loss, and autoimmune or neurological disorders.
Some suggestions for juicing:
- Use fresh cannabis, when dried the acidic forms start to decarboxylate.
- Use flowers that are clear rather than amber colored trichrome heads.
- Suggested amounts are about 12 to 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 in) buds per day if you’re fighting a disease or illness. Less if you are healthy.
- Mix in other vegetables to juice, carrots, kale, berries, bananas and apples work well for me. I like a shot of honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up a little.
- Ginger, Bitter or tart cherry juice and turmeric milk are other good natural inflammation fighters I like to add. They are good for fighting my gout and aiding in good digestion too.
- Ingest your mix up to 3 time a day, with meals. Even one a day makes a difference.
*As always consult with a physician before trying any new medication, and/or change in diet or exercise routine.