Learn how beneficial is raw cannabis for your health
Most of cannabis users think that smoking cannabis is good for your health due to its psychoactive effect that calms down the brain. Thanks to this “high” marijuana helps you to treat the symptoms of anxiety, stress, insomnia and many other disorders. But few people know the benefits they can obtain from just raw cannabis. It is another world!
As it happens with many other green plants, cannabis has many nutrients and antioxidants. Only the seeds contain proteins, fatty acids, several minerals and tons of vitamins. And we are talking only about the seeds. But the leaves have quite a few important minerals and nutrients. We will see later which ones are found in the leaves.
When cannabis is still raw it has two important cannabinoids: THCA and CBDA. I am sure that most of the readers thought these two cannabinoids were just THC and CBD. In fact, most of cannabis users don’t know what THCA and CBDA are. Do you? The A means that these cannabinoids aren’t psychoactive. They are in their acidic form. THCA becomes psychoactive when you heat the flowers. Then it becomes simple THC, which is psychoactive, as you know.
Consuming raw cannabis, for example disolving it with juices, you will get most of the benefits of cannabis. But you will not get high. Raw cannabis is medicine. Forget about being stoned. But is one of the best medicines you can figure out. To be precise, almost a 99% of the benefits get lost when we heat the flowers.
Both, THCA and CBDA, have many health benefits for our health. For instance, raw cannabis has a more antioxidant properties than vitamin C and E.
The most common way to consume raw cannabis is via juice. Since cannabis leaves are very bitter, you can mix them with sugar, honey or whatever. When you make a juice with raw cannabis, you extract all its nutrients and minerals.
Make a juice with leafy greens like spinach or chard in order to extract all their properties doesn’t seem to be a good “tasting” idea unless you love juices. However, pressed vegetable juices are getting more popular among consumers, nutritionists, athletes and anyone who looks after his health.
Raw cannabis is a superfood. Its leaves contain a lot of antioxidants, polyphenols, antibiotic and also cannabidiols, which are cancer – reducing and anti inflammatory compounds..
Cannabis has so many vitamins and essential oils that experts, like Dr. William Courtney, prescribe their patients raw cannabis in his Luxemburg clinic. He states that cannabis is what he calls a “dietary essential”.
Nutrient content of raw cannabis
Minerals like calcium, iron and many more
Fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) and palmitic and stearic acid
Vitamins (A, B1, 2 and 3, C and E
Also the seeds contain amino acids. A full tablespoon of seeds contains up to 2.500 mg of omega – 6 fatty acids and up to 1.000 mg of omega – 3 fatty acids.
The cannabis plant has more plant phytochemicals, which are located in the trichomes, than most of any other vegetable. For example, it contains limonene, like lemons. It has beta carotene like carrots and anthocyanins like cherries. Anthocyanins are a very effective analgesic even though they are non-narcotic.
Along with its nutritional value, raw cannabis has cannabinoids (acidic form) and terpenes (essential oils in marijuana) which are responsible for most of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits. And, given the fact that cannabis has high cannabinoid acid concentrations, it’s considered an exceptional plant in the nutrition world. Its acids are very important for the cell function.
Raw cannabis stimulates the endocannabinoid receptors of our brain and favours an antioxidant release that removes damaged cells from the body. Both humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system that that regulates a wide range of physiological processes. For example, pain sensation, memory capacity, appetite or mood.
Raw cannabis can be used for:
Treat lupus and arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Treat neurodegenerative diseases because of its neuroprotective properties.
Help with the appetite loss and avoid nausea because of its antiemetic ability.
Raw cannabis helps to prevent the spread of malignant cells of prostate cancer due to its anti-proliferative properties.
It prevents cell damage that can lead to severe diseases and bad health because it is rich in nutrients, protein and essential amino acids, omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Do you know the saying “we are what we eat”? I am sure you do. In the area of Ketama (Morocco) the farmers who grow cannabis, have rabbits to eat their meat. They feed these animals only with the leaves and branches from the cannabis they grow. I remember that they used to tell me those rabbits had the healthiest meat. I agree. Because raw cannabis is a super food.