Raw cannabis has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve immune function, enhance communication between nerve cells, and increase bone density. Like other Superfoods, the marijuana plant contains naturally derived vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and may other compounds unique to cannabis. Cannabis is unique from other healthy foods though because it also contains cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis. The most abundant of these compounds are THCA and CBDA, also know as acidic cannabinoids, which interact with our own bodies *endocannabinoid system.
*The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the vertebrate central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.(wikipedia)
How do I eat Raw Cannabis without puking?
Here are some ways to incorporate raw cannabis in your diet that actually taste good.
Guacamole is quick and delicious. Loaded with vegetables, it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Adding raw cannabis makes recipes even healthier.
The spiciness and bitter quality of raw cannabis pairs perfectly with salsa and guacamole staples like tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Just how spicy is raw cannabis? Expect a heat level that ranges from table pepper to a mild jalapeno pepper.
Salads are simple and a nutritious way to consume raw cannabinoids. Depending on the vegetables in season, you can create a variety of combinations with fresh produce.
Any raw cannabis recipe should start with clean leaves and buds. Otherwise, you risk ingesting unwanted pesticides, fungicides, and other harmful microbes.(adding vinegar can help kill any microbes left behind) Organic marijuana is becoming more popular and available, if you don’t know if it is clean then don’t use it is the best advice. Clean your Fan leafs in water as you would any greens. Don’t include the stems as they don’t taste good and are hard to chew.
TIP: Cannabis can be rough on the digestive system for some people, adding fat rich foods such as Chia seeds, or Avocado to your salad can help reduce any indigestion.
Raw cannabis can increase the nutritional value of your dressing. Cannabis in its raw form features a bold and somewhat spicy flavor, so it is best paired with kale, peppers, and spinach. To incorporate raw cannabis in a dressing, you will first need to grind it. Use a grinder or food processor to help break down the plant material. Then, blend the mixture with ingredients like; olive oil, balsamic vinegar, raw honey, and salt.
Juicing is another great way. One benefit of juicing is that you’re able to maximize your body’s cannabinoid absorption rate.
Juice around 15 leaves per day along with around 2 large fresh ground buds. Skip the stems. Why? Cannabis stems contain cystolith hairs. Composed of calcium carbonate, these hard, needle-like hairs can be irritating to the throat if swallowed. So, stick to the leaves or buds.
Buds are beneficial because they contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids. However, the most powerful dietary combination includes both leaves and buds. Juicing happens to be one of the easiest ways for our bodies to digest cannabinoids. Like with all raw cannabis infusions, the fresher the better.
One thing to keep in mind when you’re juicing cannabis is that it’s important to space your consumption throughout the day. This is because our bodies have the tendency to eliminate the juice rapidly. Dr. William Courtney recommends taking around 5 doses of 60ml. He also suggests shaking the mixture to evenly distribute the fatty acids. This way, our bodies are able to more efficiently absorb the cannabinoids.
Sauces are versatile. They can be incorporated into just about every dish imaginable. From seafood to pasta to vegetables and poultry – there’s a place for sauces. Sauces that contain fresh vegetables are the healthiest. And cannabis is a vegetable.
A serving of cannabis provides the body with antioxidants, essential amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, along with cannabinoid acids like THCA and CBDA.
Raw cannabis can be incorporated into a variety of sauces. However, to reap the raw benefits, you’ll need to enjoy the sauce cold or at room temperature. Sauces such as pesto or tahini sauce are good options.