Health Benefits of Juicing Cannabis
Combining fruits and vegetables with raw cannabis juicing is a great way of staying healthy. However, the practice of liquidizing or juicing fruit and vegetables into a drink, can cause gastrointestinal problems in some patients. A leading gastroenterologist has reported a rise in the number of his patients believing they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) when in fact the cause is juicing high sugar fruits and vegetables.
Dr Jonathan Hoare, a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital, in London, has reported instances of patients unable to digest the sugars in fruit and vegetables, known as FODMAPs, which hit the gut faster if reduced to a liquid. This can cause IBS-type symptoms including, pain, bloating and diarrhea. not great if you are already fighting IBS or other gastrointestinal disorders.
Although some people can feel some discomfort from this it does not apply to juicing raw marijuana. To avoid any complications with FODMAPS’s or sugars, when combining fruits and vegetables to your cannabis juicing, ensure the ratio of vegetable to fruit is around 80% vegetable to 20% fruit.
Juicing cannabis leaves
Many patients have gained significant benefit from juicing the fan leaves as well as flowers of fresh,raw, cannabis and it is a great way of introducing cannabinoids into your diet.
Juicing is different to the process of making smoothies. Juicing cannabis is accomplished with the use of a juicer, which extracts the juice from the raw cannabis leaves and flowers along with fruits and vegetables. Juicers can be expensive to purchase but if you intend to make marijuana juices on a regular basis they are a good investment to make.
This juice from leaves, trim and buds contain a large amount of the cannabinoid acids, vitamins, minerals, soluble fiber and phytonutrients from the plants, but excludes the insoluble fiber.
Smoothies are made with blenders and require some liquid as a mixer. With smoothies you are ingesting the entire plant with a higher fiber content. Proponents of juicing report that it::
- Boosts our immune systems.
- Improves our ability to absorb nutrients due to the removal of insoluble fiber.
- Improves digestion as a result of better access to digestive enzymes in plant foods.
Foods on the FODMAP scale
Some people do not like the taste of raw, juiced cannabis, it can taste a little bitter, so it is better to combine it with other fruit and vegetables.
Consuming foods high in FODMAP results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, contributing to symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas and bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
Basically, eating the juiced concentrate of high-FODMAP foods can result in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate the food in isolation.
The following list will help you to prevent any possible stomach problems. Avoid grains, legumes and dairy food if you are sensitive.
High FODMAP foods to be avoided when juicing raw cannabis
Apples, Apricots, Blackberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Mango, Pears, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Pomegranates, Watermelon, Canned or dried fruit, Fruit juice..
Asparagus, Avocado, Beets, Cauliflower, Celery, Garlic, Leeks, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Peas, Shallots, Peas.
Low FODMAP foods ideal for juicing with raw cannabis
Avocado, banana, Blueberry, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Honeydew, Melon, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin oranges, Olives, orange, Papaya, Plantain, Pineapple, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry.
Arugula (rocket lettuce), Bamboo shoots, Bell peppers, Broccoli, Bok choy, Carrots, Celeriac, Collard greens, Common Cabbage, Corn (half a cob), Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Green beans, Kale, Lettuce, Parsley, Parsnip, Potato, Radicchio , Scallions (green parts only), Spinach, Squash, Sweet potato, Swiss chard, Tomato, Turnip, Water chestnut, Zucchini.
Why juice raw cannabis?
Cannabis is technically a vegetable with many of the same nutrients as other leafy greens.
The high concentration of raw cannabinoid acids in juiced cannabis help improve cell function and reduce free radicals. Additional benefits of raw, juiced cannabis include reduced inflammation and anti-tumor properties.
According to Dr. William Courtney, a dietary raw cannabis specialist and a strong believer in the plants healing powers, “you are actually walking away from 99% of the benefits cannabis provides when you cook or smoke cannabis.”
In its raw form, the cannabis plant contains Tetrahydrocannabinolic-acid (THCA) and Cannabidiolic-acid CBDA, two cannabinoids. Only when you decarboxylate THCA, turning it into THC, does it cause psychoactive effects or high most associated with smoking cannabis. Additionally, the body is able to tolerate larger dosages of cannabinoids when cannabis is consumed in the raw form. This is because when you smoke cannabis, the THC actually acts as a CB1 receptor agonist and your body can only absorb ~10 mg at a time.
Juicing your raw cannabis
You can juice almost any part of the plant, including all the leaves, but the benefits are obtained from using the plant material fresh, in its raw state.
Juicing requires raw, freshly-picked organically grown cannabis with no pesticides or other microbiological contaminants. Dried and cured cannabis is of no use when juicing.
The stems and roots are not used as they are very fibrous; but pretty much anything else can be utilized. If you want to ingest more THCA and CBDA cannabinoids then the female flowers are used and these too need be picked and added fresh to your juicer.
Leaves are also picked fresh from the plant and added in just the same way. The downside of juicing is patients need access to a large number of cannabis plants.
- Juiced marijuana should always be diluted, preferably with vegetable or fruit juice, as it will taste bitter.
- Juicing cannabis has no health risk, however, be careful to watch your FODMAP (sugar) intake.
- Dr. William Courtney recommends 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.
- It is recommended that you mix in another vegetable juice to cut the bitterness of the raw cannabis.
- A recommended choice is carrot juice, at a ratio of 1 part raw cannabis juice to 10 parts carrot juice.
- Split the juice drink into 3 servings and consume with each meal.
- Raw cannabis juice can be stored for up to 3 days in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
The leaves can be taken at any time during the growth cycle but the flowers are picked nearer the end of the plants life cycle when most of the cannabinoids have been produced and THC crystals are prevalent on the buds.
Who can benefit the most from juicing cannabis?
Without heating the plant, the psychoactive cannabinoids are not activated or released.
This means that a glass of juiced cannabis won’t get you high so you are safe to drive or operate machinery during the day and its a great way to medicate your kids.
However, you do want to be careful with the fruits and vegetables you choose to mix into the raw cannabis juice.Try to choose those listed on the low FODMAP scale to be sure you limit any possible stomach problems.
If you need any advice or help on juicing cannabis or any related matter please use the contact form provided. We try to answer all emails within 24 hours and are happy to help and advise on all aspects of medical marijuana treatments in complete confidence.