While smoking, vaping, or taking, edibles are by far the most common ways to consume medical cannabis, juicing raw cannabis could be a powerful, though less common, way to use the plant.
According to dietary specialist Dr. William L. Courtney, the raw cannabis plant contains two main chemicals: THC-A and CBD-A.
When cannabis is heated, it goes through a process called decarboxylation. Essentially, the heat transforms THC-A and CBD-A into fully activated THC and CBD.
This transformation is what gives cannabis its psychoactive properties. That’s why you have to heat your herb if you’re trying to make recreational edibles.
But what most people don’t know is that decarboxylation also changes the way your body absorbs the nutrients found in the cannabis plant.
As Dr. Courtney explains it, because THC bonds to receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system, it limits the number of nutrients that can be absorbed. But when cannabis is taken raw, the body is able to absorb a larger dose of those nutrients.
When you juice raw cannabis, you keep the THC-A and CBD-A intact, and your body can absorb much larger amounts of whatever nutrients and anti-oxidants the cannabis plant contains.
Many fans of juicing raw cannabis suggest taking it as a regular dietary supplement. Others have said cannabis juice can be a powerful form of treatment for a variety of health conditions, especially cancer.
You can even keep using your regular medical cannabis—something like Rick Simpson oil—and introduce an occasional dose of raw cannabis juice to give your treatment an extra boost.
In any case, here a couple of basic recipes to get you started:
Juicing Raw Cannabis With a Juicer
If you have a juicer, making raw cannabis juice will be super easy. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 15 cannabis leaves
- 2 raw buds—do not use buds that have been dried and cured for smoking
- other vegetables and fruits you’d like to mix in to your cannabis juice
Simply press your raw cannabis leaves, buds, and whatever other fruits and veggies you’ve got through your juicer. The fresher your ingredients, the better.
Drink the juice right away.
Juicing Raw Cannabis Without a Juicer
If you don’t have a juicer, don’t worry. You don’t need to run out and purchase an expensive new machine. You can get all the health benefits of raw cannabis juice using a blender and strainer.
Here’s what you’ll need
- 1 large handful of raw cannabis leaves
- 1 cup water or fruit juice
- cheesecloth, sieve, or some other strainer
To make your cannabis juice, remove stems from your leaves and rinse them thoroughly. If the leaves were sprayed with anything while they were growing, you might want to soak them overnight to get them as clean as possible.
Add the leaves to the blender, along with 1 cup of water or juice. Using fruit juice can add more flavor as well as extra vitamins and nutrients to the final product.
Blend it up until it’s as smooth and liquified as possible. Pour the mixture through your strainer, and drink right away.
You can store the juice in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it for a bit longer. But as a general rule, the fresher your cannabis leaves and the quicker you drink the juice, the better.