Juicing is all the rage in the quest for health. While juicing certainly can induce wellness with the proper ingredients – some juicing involves kale or carrots or avocado – it’s not always the nutritional trend it’s painted to be. Commercial products tend to steer away from purely good-for-you foods because they are trying to sell a product and in order to sell that product it needs to taste good. This tendency of store-bought concoctions forces those serious about what they put inside their body to engage in a little DIY action. And these people are looking towards cannabis for answers: welcome to the world of raw cannabis juice. Pull up a chair and puree.
The Benefits of Raw Cannabis Juicing
Cannabis is full of things that are good for you like terpenes. It’s also full of phytochemicals, compounds that play an instrumental role in preventing disease in humans. There are phytocannabinoids too, which help the body control chronic inflammation. This is useful in warding off cancer and preventing pain and discomfort in already present illnesses, such as MS or arthritis.
Of course, cannabis offers the benefits of any other vegetable. It gives you fiber, calcium, iron, and the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at an optimal level. Raw cannabis leaves offer a potency not found in pot shop weed.
Raw cannabis provides your body with the innate benefits of marijuana, without losing the beneficial health effects in the heating process
It’s easy, really: what raw cannabis takes away in psychoactivity, it returns in wellness.
Why it Can’t Get You High but it Can Get You Healthy
Juicing cannabis doesn’t get you high any more than chewing on a marijuana leaf. There is one reason for this: heat (or, more accurately, lack thereof). Without heat, the psychoactive cannabinoids in cannabis remain dormant – they aren’t activated or released and they have no mind-altering effect if you ingest them. This is also the reason you can’t make pot cupcakes simply by sprinkling some flowers into the icing (well, you could make them, but they wouldn’t be any fun).
The fact that cannabis juice doesn’t get you high is beneficial (for real!)
This is because it enables you to ingest many more cannabinoids than smoking (or eating edibles). Some cannabinoids, like CBD, are believed most effective in high doses. You could smoke joint after joint after joint to get these benefits. Or you could make your boss reconsider firing you and juice instead.
Juicing raw cannabis better maintains the integrity of the plant’s nutritional profile (as touched on above). Heat activates the high weed is known for, but it decreases the innate nutrients in the process.
This phenomenon is frequently talked about in culinary circles, with the belief that going raw is better than any vegetable introduced to a flame or oven. But, per NPR, this isn’t the case; instead, it’s vegetable-dependent.
If you’re going to juice with cannabis, keep in mind that the weed you purchased for your bowl isn’t appropriate for your blender: juicing needs fresh leaves free of pesticides and other contaminants. Fresher is better, the same as any other vegetable.
It’s always possible that a dispensary will have fresh leaves, but it’s not all that likely. You’re better off growing them yourself. If you don’t have the time or money (or green thumb), consider asking around.
Local dispensaries may be able to point you in the right direction if they’re not able to supply the fresh leaves themselves
Finally, anyone who begins a juicing regimen should consider discussing it with their doctor before proceeding, especially if you have a preexisting medical condition. You may be advised to juice less (or more). You may also be advised to refrain from adding things like grapefruit to the blender as it’s known to interact with certain medications.
The Plea of Your Taste Buds
Cannabis, at its root, is a vegetable (see what I did there?). And, it’s true – vegetables, whether or not they’re mashed and ground into oblivion, are still vegetables.
It’s very possible to make a cannabis drink that tastes and does good. The key is often to use fruits that add flavor and sweetness
Depending on your individual tastes, cannabis is great combined with things like mangos, bananas, orange juice, pears, and peaches. Sweet potatoes work too.