Did you know that cannabis can be juiced into a cup for health benefits? As a matter of fact, raw cannabis can be consumed just like any other leafy green!
Raw cannabis may help the body
- regulate the immune system
- prevent inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and COPD
- trigger antioxidants to remove damaged cells
- improve the efficiency and health of cells and the regulatory system
- relieve nausea and pain (in HIV/AIDs patients or cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy)
- reduce spasticity and seizures
“According to Courtney (Dr. William Courtney, physician, researchers and one of the leading experts in raw dietary cannabis), one of the biggest benefits is the positive effect cannabis has on the body’s endogenous cannabinoid system, which is made up of endocannabinoids, or chemical compounds found throughout the body that perform different processes.
“I believe this plant, having evolved over millions of years, is put together to support that system,” he said.“
Why raw? Raw cannabis can provide more complete benefits than the heated forms of cannabis such as smoking, vaping, cannabis oil prepared with low heat, or cooked or baked edibles. When heat is applied, the majority of cannabis benefits – tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC-A) and cannabidiolic Acid (CBD-A) will be activated, or decarboxylated, into THC and CBD, respectively.
Because it does not contain the psychoactive component THC, raw cannabis does have alter mood or perception. Cannabis leaves in raw form are great for patients who want the medicinal benefits of marijuana without its other effects. An excellent choice for those who have a low tolerance to THC, raw cannabis is the ultimate botanical booster in greens drinks.
Adding sweeter and more watery vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, green apples, romaine, and avocado can mitigate the bitterness of raw cannabis leaves. You can create the ultimate detoxifying smoothie by combining cannabis with lemon, arugula, dandelion, or parsley. Try freezing the raw cannabis juice in ice cube trays or as ice pops for a novel way to enjoy the natural benefits of cannabis in drinks!
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