Raw cannabis won’t get you high, so what’s the point? That’s a question that is often asked. Raw cannabis has multiple benefits and applications. This is your complete guide to raw cannabis including how to choose the right strains for you and how to use it properly. Our complete guide to raw cannabis walks you through how to obtain the juice and how to use it.
What is Raw Cannabis?
Raw cannabis is fresh flower that has not gone through drying or curing. The flower is freshly harvested and is used the same day, in most cases. If the flower is harvested a little dry, it can be rehydrated by soaking it in water.
Raw cannabis contains THCA and CBDA. These are cannabis acids. When THCA is heated, it converts to THC. The cannabis acids may be more helpful to the body than heated cannabinoids, in some respects. None of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals of the cannabis plant are lost when it is consumed in its raw state.
Eating the raw flower isn’t suggested as the roughage may cause a bit of stomach upset for some. Juicing the raw flower is the most common method for consuming raw cannabis.
Benefits of Raw Cannabis
Believe it or not, cannabis is a rather good source of fiber. The leaves, especially, are where the most fiber is within the plant. Ask local cultivators for their fresh, uncured and undried leaves. The leaves can be consumed in their natural state or can be juiced. Consider adding a few to a salad.
Cannabis is full of these vitamins:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Folate is helpful for repairing DNA and is something that many pregnant women seek during prenatal care. However, there is much controversy surrounding cannabis use while pregnant, folate is attainable from other sources such as prenatal vitamins.
Cannabinoids and the Body
The body needs a lot of antioxidants to help protect itself from the effects of stress. Both CBD and THC are considered to be antioxidants. Experiencing stress over a prolonged period of time can have negative effects on the body such as premature aging, heart-related conditions, anxiety and depression to name a few. When the cannabinoids from raw cannabis enter the body, it triggers the removal of damaged cells throughout the body. The endocannabinoid system accepts exterior sources of cannabinoids to help maintain balance. Some research suggests that CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins E or C.
Another benefit is taking in more of the terpenes that are present in the strain. Heat can cause some terpenes to burn off before the body can absorb them in. While terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavor of cannabis strains, they also have therapeutic value. Each terpene has an individual boiling point, so to reap all the benefits of the terpenes, consider juicing raw cannabis instead.
It may be easier to achieve an optimal dose with raw cannabis. Cannabis acids, such as THCA, are more abundant when the plant is raw. Smoking cannabis or using a CBD product may make it harder to find that ideal dose. A standard dose of THC is considered to be 10mg. A standard dose of CBD is 25mg. THC will induce a high. So, to achieve potential relief without getting too high or having to toy around with finding the right dose, raw cannabis may be an ideal approach since you can have a higher dose without having to guess.
If your immune system is compromised in any way, it may be a good idea to seek out purple leaves. Not only are leaves a good source of fiber, purple leaves specifically, are rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins may help regulate immune response and may be helpful in improving vision issues.
How to Juice Cannabis Plants
A juicer is the best small appliance to use for juicing raw cannabis, but a high-quality blender can also be used. Collect freshly cut cannabis flower and leaves from your favorite cultivator or personal grow. If possible, cut the flower yourself to ensure it is fresh and hasn’t started the aging process. You will need a rather large amount of cannabis (at least one-ounce of raw material).
Note: Steer clear of cannabis that is grown with chemicals or pesticides. Ingesting them may make you sick. Organically grown cannabis is preferred for the juicing process.
Soak your leaves and flowers in water for between 30 and 60 minutes. This will help it blend easier. The water only needs to be room temperature.
Once the flower and leaves have been soaked, it’s time to load the juicer or blender. Once the material runs through the juicer, continue to take the leftover pulp and hand squeeze it through cheesecloth to get any residual liquid out. If you are using a blender, you’ll need to strain the material through cheesecloth anyways.
You may notice that this doesn’t really make a lot of juice, but in its raw state, you don’t need a ton.
Now your juice is ready to use or consume.
Using The Juice
You can absolutely just drink the juice as-is, but it won’t taste very good. It’s best to mix the juice into a smoothie, drink or salad dressing. If you enjoy making your own infused tea, this may be a good option for incorporating the raw cannabis juice as well.
Flavors that go well with raw cannabis include:
Combining several of these ingredients with either yogurt or a banana as a thickener can make a satisfying morning smoothie.
When using your raw cannabis juice to make a salad dressing, relish or pesto it is ideal to use complementing flavors such as basil, cilantro, parsley and lemongrass. Garlic, when roasted, also helps mask some of the “green” or raw flavor of cannabis.
Utilizing raw cannabis is not a new thing, but it is becoming a trend. We designed our complete guide to raw cannabis to not only educate you about cannabinoids and how they work, but also instruct you on how to obtain this wonderful juice. The health benefits of cannabis continue to grow, and as such, are the applications for the plant. There is much more to utilizing the whole cannabis plant than curing and drying the buds for processing or smoking. Consider adding juicing raw cannabis into your routine – getting the cannabinoids and benefits of the plant without getting high isn’t such a bad thing.