Pressed vegetable juices are growing in popularity globally, so it should come as no surprise that medical marijuana patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals are now looking into the health benefits of squeezing the cannabis plant.
Vegetables are generally defined as a “herbaceous plant grown for an edible part, usually eaten as part of a meal”. This typically refers to the leaf, stem, flower or root of a plant. In 1967, the meaning of vegetables changed to “any plant grown for food, edible herbs or roots”. Some vegetables can be eaten raw, while others must be cooked to be edible. When some fruits and vegetables are heated, they lose most of their beneficial enzymes and nutrients. Cannabis is more or less the same. Aside from the fact that marijuana is technically a vegetable with many of the same nutrients as other green leafy vegetables (such as fibre, iron and calcium), it is chock full of unique beneficial cannabinoids for the cannabis plant. Squeezed cannabis is a nutritionally very dense medicinal compound, without the psychoactive components usually activated during the heating of the plant.
The high concentration of raw cannabinoid acids in squeezed cannabis, combined with the perfect balance of fatty acids, could help improve cell function and reduce the damage caused by free radicals. Additional benefits of raw and squeezed cannabis include reduced inflammation and facilitation of two-way cell communication. Many cannabinoids also have anticancer properties that are readily available through the consumption of raw marijuana.
Juicing health benefits
While smoked or vaporized cannabis can actually be used as a medicinal therapy, raw squeezed cannabis can help prevent health problems before they even arise. Some have coined the “most important plant on the planet”, mainly because it can help with the function of the immune system, provide anti-inflammatory benefits and improve bone metabolism and neural function. Research has shown that medical marijuana can also help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Only when you decarboxylate THCA, transforming it into THC, does it cause psychoactive or “high” effects more associated with cannabis smoke?
According to Dr. William Courtney, a raw cannabis dietary specialist and a strong advocate of the healing powers of plants, “you are taking away 99% of the benefits that cannabis offers when you cook or smoke cannabis.” However, in its raw form, the cannabis plant contains both THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), two cannabinoids known for their medicinal benefits; each of which must be heated to produce THC and CBD respectively. Only when you decarboxylate THCA, transforming it into THC, does it cause psychoactive or “high” effects more associated with cannabis smoke? Also, the body can tolerate higher doses of cannabinoids when cannabis is consumed in raw form. This is because when you smoke marijuana, THC actually acts as a CB1 receptor agonist, and your body can only absorb ~ 10 mg at a time.
According to Dr William Courtney, “If you don’t heat marijuana, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams and use the plant strictly as a food supplement by increasing the antioxidant and neuro-protective levels that come into play at hundreds of milligrams of CBDA and THCA. It is this dramatic increase in the dose from 10 mg of psychoactive THC to 500 mg – 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA and CBGA that is the main difference between traditional medical marijuana treatments and the use of cannabis as a food supplement. “
The FDA has actually approved a tolerable 600 mg / day CBD dose as the new experimental drug. This makes the healing potential of drinking juice containing 600 mg of CBDA much larger than when heating cannabis. Considering that CBD rates are typically below 1% in most strains available in dispensaries across the nation, it is almost impossible to smoke enough in one day to ingest a 600 mg dose of CBD.
The science of squeezing cannabis
Bidirectional communication with nerve cells
2way One-way traffic to the nerves is the leading cause of inflammation in the body. In this scenario, immune cells are continually attacked, and nothing communicates with the nerves to tell them to calm down. However, studies show that when adding cannabinoids to the equation, two-way communication is made possible, resulting in reduced inflammation. Cannabinoids work to prevent and combat symptoms by providing nerves with this two-way communication.
We all have cannabinoids in our bodies; these are known as endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids bind to different receptors throughout our organization.
They are instrumental in regulating immune functions, nerve functions and even bone functions. The endocannabinoid system acts as a modulator in perfecting many of these systems. Integrating a compromised ECS with plant cannabinoids will restore it to an optimal service, thus causing an improvement in all associated conditions.
Only Juice Raw Cannabis!
BE REALISTIC. You can’t just take a dry flower and throw cannabis into a juicer, expecting it to turn into a healing magic potion. Pressing requires raw cannabis, freshly harvested and properly grown, paying particular attention to avoid any plant material that may have been exposed to pesticides or other microbiological contaminants.
Here are some key recommendations to consider when squeezing raw cannabis:
- When it comes to juicing, fresher is better (like most vegetables).
- Cannabis that has been dried and prepared for smoking is not suitable for juicing.
- Don’t be surprised if your local dispensary doesn’t have a new supply of raw cannabis available.
- Many patients and healthcare professionals are required to grow their medicines to gain access to the quality starting material.
- Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients squeeze 15 leaves and two large buds (2 to 4 inches long) per day.
- Raw shoots are flowers collected when the THC glands are clear (rather than amber).
- It is recommended to mix another vegetable juice to reduce the bitterness of raw cannabis.
- A popular choice is carrot juice, and a ratio of 1 part of cannabis juice to 10 pieces of carrot juice is a good rule of thumb.
- Divide the juice drink into three parts and drink with each meal or store it for up to 3 days in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.
We hope this has been useful, again its not the most convenient way to get the health benefits from Cannabis like Rick Simpson Oil, and there are many videos showing you how to make them so it’s not something we are in a rush to do.