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Dietary Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

Did you know that raw cannabis is a superfood? It's time to start replacing oregano for weed in your pizzas!
09 October 2020
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Dietary Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

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Marijuana keeps coming up with new ways to constantly surprise us with its amazing properties. Never wonder why ancient cultures treated this plant as a sacred plant coming from the gods. 

From its great medical properties to the fun moments and experiences we get from consuming cannabis, we just can't seem to get enough of it. And science seems to have caught the marijuana fever as well.

At the moment, weed is right in the spotlight of researchers and investigators who keep racing to make new findings on these magic plants. The latest news is that we can also get incredible dietary benefits when consuming raw cannabis. That's right, we said raw marijuana. 

 

Eat raw cannabis and enjoy it's health benefits!

Eat raw cannabis and enjoy it's health benefits!

1. Why is Raw Cannabis a Superfood?

Raw weed is packed with essential oils, healthy acids, and vitamins; it's leaves contain iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carotenoids, and selenium. And all of these add up to the big amounts of cannabinoid and cannabinoid acids also contained in these plants, which provide rich antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Traditional ways of consuming marijuana, such as smoking, vaping it, or taking edibles, all have in common that they use marijuana in its dried way, after a process called decarboxylation, which involves time for curing the flowers and heat.

During this process, the raw cannabinoid THCA is turned into THC, the cannabinoid famous for its psychoactive effects. However, many people weren't aware that consuming THCA, as well as other compounds present in raw cannabis also comes along with outstanding health benefits. Turns out that raw cannabis could well classify as a superfood

So, let's dig into the subject and explain what types of dietary advantages we can get from this new way of weed consumption.

2. THCA and Other Cannabinoid Acids

When we consume cannabis by methods that involve the decarboxylation process, this means we're making an influence on the chemical composition at some level. While some of these changes could create beneficial chemical reactions in our brains and bodies, others can actually be detrimental. 

The main cannabis compounds, such as famous cannabinoid acids and terpenes, are highly volatile and sensitive to high temperatures. Therefore, consuming raw weed will ensure that you maintain these molecules in their natural state, allowing us to keep the phytochemicals that disappear after the decarboxylation process. 

 

The most famous raw cannabinoids are THCA and CBDA

Meet the two famous raw cannabinoids: THCA and CBDA.

 

Our endocannabinoid system, which regulates the human body to keep it in balance, is stimulated by the consumption of raw cannabis, without the need of inhaling anything in the process, which we already know has negative affections on our health. 

So, when consuming raw cannabis, famous compounds such as THC and CBD aren't present, and instead, we ingest these compounds' chemical precursors, THCA and CBDA respectively. Science has found that these compounds too carry their own benefits. 1

THCA and CBDA

The main thing to point out is that unlike THC, THCA doesn't have any psychoactive effects. Some health benefits provided by this compound include: 

  • Helping an upset stomach;
  • Pain soothing properties; 
  • Binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system;
  • Endocannabinoids production stimulation;
  • Aiding the nervous system.

On the other hand, CBDA, which doesn't work as a psychoactive either, has shown to boost endocannabinoid production as well and improve the mood more than CBD.

Terpenes

Terpenes are molecules mainly responsible for plants' characteristic scents and flavors. However, this isn't the only thing they're responsible for: they also affect the cannabis high through a phenomenon called the entourage effect

Through the entourage effect, different terpenes and cannabinoids combine to expand their effects. Besides, each terpene on its own provides its own benefits, from pain-relieving properties to anti-cancer, anti-inflammation, and many more.

Flavonoids

Raw cannabis is rich in flavonoids, diverse phytochemicals which are also found in a wide range of superfoods, like kale, broccoli, berries, and some teas.

Flavonoids have a major role in weed plants, pigmenting plant tissue in order to attract pollinating species. They also function as UV rays protectors and pathogens for the plants. 

Some common flavonoids found in marijuana plants are:

  • Anthocyanins;
  • Cannflavin A and B;
  • Kaempferol;
  • Quercetin;

These phytochemicals provide great health benefits such as antioxidation, heart support, and arteries cleansing. 

3. Raw Cannabis Benefits: Antioxidant Properties

One reason to include raw cannabis into your diet is because of its antioxidant attributes.

Want to stay young forever? Include raw cannabis into your diet!

Many of marijuana's cannabinoids are rich antioxidant compounds, which have the property of keeping us young, and protecting and repairing the body from its daily wear and tear, including the affections from environmental contaminants contact. 

 

Grating raw cannabis

Indulging raw cannabis' benefits couldn't be easier! Grate some cannabis on your favorite recipes!

4. High Source of Fiber Properties

If what you're looking for is healthy gut and bowel movements, the nutrient you need to intake is fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrient, however, standard diets nowadays are quite poor in fiber content and almost everyone has fiber deficiency.

Taking fiber supplements isn't quite effective, however eating raw cannabis contains big amounts of it, as well as other green leaves. 

5. Rich Vitamins Content

Raw cannabis isn't only full of fiber, it contains most of the vitamins and minerals our bodies require too! 

 

Vitamin TypeProperties
Vitamin CBoosts the immune systems; great for colds treatment.
Vitamin KCalcium absorption; blood clotting

 

In raw weed, you can also find calcium, folate, iron among other nutrients in charge of bone maintenance and blood oxygenating. 

6. Healthy Fatty Acids

A healthy brain is one well-fed with fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, which you can get by consuming raw marijuana as well. This is one big reason why cannabis is increasingly gaining popularity as a superfood. 

Furthermore, in raw cannabis you can also find high levels of linoleic acid, which enforces your nails and keeps your skin from aging.

Linoleic acid is especially good for people who are on a diet and who will likely start lacking these essential fatty acids after some period of restriction.

If this is the case, we highly recommend adding some raw weed to your diet. 

7. THCV for Weight Loss and Other Benefits

What if we told you consuming raw cannabis could even aid with weight loss? That's right. We are aware of the famous munchies produced by smoking, vaping or taking edibles.

Nevertheless, by consuming raw marijuana you are ingesting a compound named THCV. As the name suggests, this cannabinoid has a similar structure to the one of THC but it provides quite different effects. 

 

Unlike THC, THCV could actually promote weight loss.

Unlike THC, THCV could actually promote weight loss.
 

One of the many health benefits found with this compound is its ability to reduce the appetite, which is perfect for those looking to lose some weight. THCV has also shown the ability to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance, which, just like the newly found CBM, could be promising for diabetic patients.

No, this isn't all. PTSD patients can find anxiety attacks relief without suppressing emotion with THCV, which also reduces panic attacks. At the same time, this cannabinoid has shown to improve tremors, motor control, and brain damage associated with Alzheimer's disease. 

Lastly, THCV promoted new bone cells as well, making it a promising osteoporosis and other bone-related illnesses alternative. 

8. How To Consume Raw Cannabis?

So now that you've found all about the health and dietary benefits of raw cannabis consumption you might find yourself wondering how exactly to include this superfood in your diet. 

Don't stick your buds into any recipe that involves an oven or the raw in your raw weed will be gone. Just like fruits and veggies, indulging raw marijuana means eating it while it's still fresh, recently cut and uncooked, this means your cannabis should not be:

  • Baked;
  • Steamed;
  • Smoked or vaped; 
  • Nor curated.

One good way of consuming raw cannabis is by including it in your smoothies recipes. You can mix both cannabis flowers and leaves into your favorite shakes to add a dose of healthy cannabinoid acids and terpenes. If you'd like, you could juice your raw cannabis in order to add it as a liquid form to your smoothies. 

 

Why not include raw cannabis in your recipes?

Why not include raw cannabis in your recipes?

 

Another great idea is spicing up your salads with some raw weed by chopping up a couple of leaves and sprinkling them into your green bowl.

Seeds are also great as raw cannabis sources. These small yet unborn plants are high on nutrients and have more of a nutty flavor. Simply add them to any dish you can imagine to get some extra healthy crunchiness.

 

Why not make hemp oil and use it as a tasty salad dressing?

Why not make hemp oil and use it as a tasty salad dressing?
 

Finally, make your own cold-pressed hemp seed oil to concentrate the benefits of hemp seeds into a tasty oil. Use this tasty oil for cooking, or as a salad dressing, why not?

9. Conclusion

The more science makes its way forward around cannabis investigations the more we realize how much of a complete plant marijuana is, with so many benefits our fingers can't even manage to count. 

So if you're looking to get the most out of the so-sacred cannabis plants then you should definitely opt for raw cannabis consumption. Besides, this method of consumption will not give you the 'high' feeling, which some people would rather leave aside. 

Get your cooking apron on and start making your own raw cannabis recipes!

 

EXTERNAL LINKS

  1. "Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is a potent PPARγ agonist with neuroprotective activity" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5731255/
  2. "The cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) ameliorates insulin sensitivity in two mouse models of obesity" May 2013 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3671751/
  3. "The phytocannabinoid, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin, can act through 5-HT1A receptors to produce antipsychotic effects" February 2015 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4337703/

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