CANNABIS CULTURE – Many people focus on the benefits of smoking marijuana for its psychoactive “high” effect that calms the brain, helping to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and more. But are you aware of how beneficial the raw cannabis plant is on its own?
Just like many other leafy greens, the cannabis plant contains many antioxidants and nutrients. The seeds of the plant contain protein, fatty acids, various minerals and multiple vitamins. The leaves also contain many essential minerals and nutrients, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, selenium and carotenoids.
Raw cannabis contains two main cannabinoids: THCA and CBDA. The “a” means that these cannabinoids are in their acidic, non-psychoactive form. THCA only converts to THC when heated. Therefore, by consuming cannabis raw – via juicing, for example – you can receive all the benefits of the plant without getting the “high” feeling. In fact, 99% of the health benefits of marijuana are lost when you smoke or cook it.
Both of the cannabinoids found in raw cannabis contain many health benefits, in addition to the benefits already found naturally in the plant. For example, in its pre-patent research, the U.S. federal government found that CBD was a stronger antioxidant than vitamins C or E.
The most popular method of consuming raw cannabis is through juicing. Cannabis leaves on their own are very bitter. By juicing, you can extract all the minerals and nutrients of the plant and cannabinoids, and add it to your favorite smoothie to cut down on the bitter taste. You can learn more about juicing marijuana and the benefits of the raw cannabis plant on MarijuanaDoctors.com.