Juicing Marijuana Leaves: What Are the Benefits?
Juicing advocates everywhere are quick to point out the numerous health benefits of making your own fresh pressed juices. While juices purchased commercially are in general considered unhealthy as they not only contain natural sugars but also are often loaded with artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Fresh juices however allow people to consume a plethora of healthy nutrients and antioxidants in a quick and efficient way. Juicing fresh fruits and veggies contributes to a healthy lifestyle and can even help reverse DNA damage and lower blood pressure. Ok, so now medical marijuana users may be wondering if juicing parts of a marijuana plant like the leaves or buds could be beneficial to their health. Well, lets take a look.
Health Benefits of Juicing Marijuana
Marijuana can be compared to other leafy greens. It contains many of the same healthy properties, such as fiber, iron and calcium in its leaves. Let’s not forget that super food powerhouses like spinach and kale are included in this vegetable family! Not only can creating juices and smoothies from the leaves be nutritionally beneficial but also the leaves are also full of cannabinoids, which are responsible for the many therapeutic effects of medical cannabis.
Juicing cannabis could definitely contribute to the quality of life of a person utilizing medical cannabis for certain reasons. Some of the effects of medical marijuana will surely be amplified by consuming large amount of this raw plant. These effects include reversal of damage to cells (such as damage to healthy cells cause by chemotherapy), anti inflammatory properties and increased immune system functionality. There are even studies that show that cannabinoid acids can help prevent or slow the growth of cancerous tumors. Cannabinoid acids need to be pair with fats to be properly absorbed, so ensure to blend in an avocado or a tablespoon of coconut oil for adequate absorption.
However, although juicing raw cannabis can really amp up certain medical effects of this magical plant, medical marijuana users with certain conditions may actually lose the therapeutic effect they are looking for one simple reason: fresh cannabis juice won’t get you high. This can absolutely be an upside if you don’t like the feeling of being intoxicated by marijuana. The intoxicating effects of marijuana are only present when the cannabis is decarboxylase marijuana, i.e. heat it up. When you smoke marijuana, you decarboxylase it by setting it on fire. When you cook with marijuana, you often will bake the buds first for this reason. This means that if you are using marijuana for pain relief or for sleep aid, which are associated with the intoxicating effects of THC, the benefit may be lost if the user chooses to juice the plant whole.
Don’t let this discourage you from including marijuana juice into your regimen however! The healthy benefits to your body are unmatched and who is to say you can’t consume your pot in a couple of different ways.
Other Things to Consider
- Cannabis is bitter. You definitely are going to want to juice in some other fruits and veggies to mask the taste, because raw cannabis has quite a distinct and bitter flavor to it. Carrot or beet juice will counteract the taste as will invasive flavors like banana and strawberry. The ratio of cannabis to other juices should be about 1:10.
- You can’t use weed made for smoking. You can’t use dried buds or leaves in your non-psychoactive medical marijuana drink. The reason is simple: dried weed has no juice in it. It would be like trying to extract juice from a raisin as opposed to a grape.
- It may be hard to find pot for juicing. Many dispensaries won’t sell the fresh buds or leaves. Their stock will be limited to the dry stuff. This means you may have to find a store other than your regular dispensary or you may have to find a farmer to purchase fresh pot from. Another option is to grow the stuff yourself.
- To juice or to blend? While juicing marijuana is amazing in theory, in practice it can be difficult and expensive. When you juice a fruit or vegetable, the skin and fibrous materials are removed and disposed of. So to make a cup of apple juice for instance (keeping in mind that apples are quite juicy!) you will probably require 4-5 large apples. Other fruits and veggies are more often blended in because of their lower juice content. This includes varieties like bananas and avocados, but also often leafy greens. Blending fresh cannabis leaves and buds into a fresh fruit and veggie juice will provide the same amazing health benefits, plus the fiber and allow you to use a lot less pot, essentially saving you both time and money.
Fresh juices and smoothies are staples in the health and fitness industries for good reason: they provide high nutritional value in an easy to consume, convenient package. Consuming a juice or smoothie made in part from fresh marijuana leaves and buds can not only provide a satisfying and nutritionally dense drink with the added health benefits of better cellular function, protecting and reversing cell damage from free radicals, strengthening the immune system, preventing cancerous growths and countless others. It will also provide these healthy gains without the intoxicating effects that smoking or eating cannabis usually goes hand in hand with. All it takes is some know-how and the ability to get your hands on quality, juicing appropriate marijuana to get you on the path to enjoying the magical benefits medical marijuana can provide.