During the recent years, one alternative to smoking weed has become particularly popular—raw cannabis juice. According to anecdotal evidence, people have used this beverage to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The juice of raw cannabis leaves does not contain THC—the cannabinoid responsible for the psychedelic effects of the plant. Thus, it cannot be used for recreational purposes. However, it may even be an advantage for the beverage. The absence of THC means that people can freely use it for medical reasons without the fear of getting high.
According to the devotees of this form of weed remedy, cannabis is most useful when consumed raw. Adding marijuana to the juicer is a sure way to get healthy nutrients and potent cannabinoids. Processed in this way, the plant produces such compounds as CBG, CBDA, and THCA, which have a beneficial influence on our cell function and immune systems.
To boost your energy with this juice, you had better choose the plants that you grow at home. Otherwise, visit a grower who you trust to produce top-notch weed. So, how do you make an infused juice?
The process is very easy. First of all, wash your plant and soak it in cold water for a few minutes. You need to take a juicer or a blender, pulverize raw leaves and flowers, press them through a cheesecloth, and separate the pulp from the juice. Voila! The beverage can be consumed immediately or stored in the fridge for three days.
As you see, not only flowers but the whole plant is used. This way allows us to reap the most benefits. Another thing to remember about making weed juice is to avoid the weed bought in dispensaries. For this purpose, only fresh uncured cannabis can be used.
THCA and CBDA are acid compounds of the plant that are converted to THC and CBD when heated or aged. This decarboxylation process does not take place when you squish fresh plants.
Of course, the shameful lack of research on the cannabis plant in general leaves much doubt about the efficiency of raw juice. However, in 2005, a study on the potential of immuno-modulating properties of THCA was conducted. According to it, the acid has quite a few benefits for our bodies. It was proven effective for treating pain, inflammation, nausea, appetite loss, as well as protecting against nerve degradation. Moreover, it was found to have antiproliferative properties.
CBDA was claimed to be able to treat nausea, prevent vomiting, and control the growth of cancerous tumors.
In addition, the juice is full of terpenes that are known to enhance the performance of cannabinoids.
Cannabis juice, in general, is believed to treat a wide array of ailments. The absence of psychedelic effects means that this remedy can be used everywhere, even at work.
Despite the lack of proper research, there are plenty of stories of patients praising this kind of medicine. The most zealous and famous supporter of this magic juice is the Californian physician Dr. William Courtney. He recommends consuming the beverage every day either as a dietary supplement or as a preventive medicine. The doctor's wife claims that the juice helped her get rid of systemic lupus.
The risks of drinking raw cannabis juice are not higher than those of consuming the plant in other ways. However, there are some precautions that you need to consider. You had better stay away from this remedy if you have a kidney or gallbladder disorder. If you are on blood thinners, the juice is not for you either.
Mind that this cannabinoid beverage takes a long time to affect you. It does not give you instant relief—you have to be patient for a few weeks.
To make the substance tasty, you can mix it with other juices.
Here is a recipe.
Blend 15 fresh cannabis leaves and two raw buds with one cup of vegetable or fruit juice. Strain the mix into a bowl using cheesecloth and consume this delicious remedy.