March 28, 2017

Eat Marijuana... Raw?

Whenever I go to write a blog post, I look to make it as interesting as I possibly can. I try to find a recipe that is eye catching and something almost every one can enjoy. Although I know there's picky eaters among us like myself.  This time around I didn't want to find an entree for lunch or a dessert for after dinner. I wanted to venture out but still keep it in the realm of eating just not so much cooking or baking.

While on my hunt for something game changing, I stumbled upon this article claiming that there's significant benefits from eating marijuana. Yes you guessed it, raw! I may be late to the party but I was a little stunned.

Let's have an honest moment for a second: I have consumed marijuana raw once upon a time and it wasn't terrible. I didn't know what to expect because I had never consumed marijuana let alone smoke it before. You're probably wondering why in the world would I eat it instead of smoke it. I was young, curious and wasn't experienced with pipes, bongs and I definitely couldn't roll up. Did I get high from eating a tiny nug of cannabis? I would say yes. Compared to what I know now about being high, the affect wasn't as powerful but I had a head high absolutely.

 

Now that that's out in the open let's talk about the benefits of consuming nature's gift raw.

We all know the amazing attributes that cannabis offers. Whether you have loss of appetite, constant migraines, cancer, insomnia, joint pain- cannabis can be a healer to it all. Some might say that marijuana is a "superfood".

Why should you eat raw cannabis?

Expert Dr. William Courtney believes that the number of vitamins, essential oils and acids in this unique plant we know as marijuana is what makes it a "dietary essential". But how? Marijuana contains over 400 chemical compounds along with extremely high concentrations of cannabinoid acids. These acids happen to be incredibly important for basic cell function.

Two of the primary cannabinoid acids that have been studied so far are THCa and CBDa. When you eat raw cannabis, your body is able to process extremely large amounts of THCa and CBDa without issue. Your body then converts these acids into the nutrients it needs via your own metabolism.

Nutrients power our basic bodily functions as they do with all living things. Like other leafy greens, cannabis contains a wealth of nutrients and proteins when eaten as a raw herb.

Some of the key nutrients marijuana offers are terpenes, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, essential amino acids and antioxidants.

Terpenes are essential oils found in marijuana and other plants. I'm sure you already know they give marijuana strains their unique smell and flavor. When terpenes are paired with cannabinoids, their health benefits increase. Bet you didn't know that.

Unfortunately we can't produce fatty acids on our own so we need to get them from dietary sources. Marijuana leaves and hemp seeds are high in protein and also contain the perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids.

Essential amino acids cannot be produced in our body on their own just like fatty acids. We need to get these acids from our diet because amino acids are required for cell function. They help cells maintain their structure, repair damaged tissue, and help them transport nutrients.

Back in 2003, the U.S. Federal Government patented CBD after discovering the cannabinoid’s incredible antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Antioxidants are key to preventing cell damage, which can lead to poor health and serious illness. In their pre-patent research, they found that CBD was a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C and E. Because you can consume extremely large amounts of CBDa when you eat raw cannabis, you also drastically increase the quantity of antioxidants you take in per serving.

 

The number one way Dr. Courtney suggests consuming raw cannabis is through juicing or blending uncured flower or fan leaves. Of course, you can also toss some leaves in with other veggies for a nutrient-packed salad. Marijuana leaves also make for delicious substitutes for herbs like parsley or cilantro.

A lot more research needs to be done to show how raw cannabis is metabolized in our bodies. Experts like Dr. Courtney have shown that you can do much more with cannabis than just smoke it. Incorporating more raw weed into your diet allows you to consume over 60 times as many cannabinoids in one sitting than when you light up or eat an activated edible.

Obviously eating cannabis raw won't be for everyone and that's okay. This is just here to show that it may have some possible health benefits. If you're feeling adventurous take a nibble the next time you plan on smoking some delicious herb.