THE RAW WEED REVOLUTION
“In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many of the foods we consume.” – a finding from the U.S. Department of Justice
The automatic reaction to ‘throw some raw weed into my smoothie, please’, will likely be one of shock. Most reactions surrounding consuming the cannabis plant in its raw form echo the lack of awareness that when consumed as a raw food, and not heated, the nutritional benefits are outstanding.
As a plant, it contains over 400 chemical compounds, some of which are cannabinoid acids, and those are as good as it gets in aiding the body with cell function. The names of the cannabinoid acids are THCa and CBDa, once heated they degrade into a psychoactive form, this process is called decarboxylation. In this form, the body can only handle so much at a time. However, when you ingest raw THCa and CBDa, your body can eat very large amounts and uses its own metabolism to change the acids to nutrients. If heated the recommended dose limit is 10 mg or less, if not heated the recommended dose limit ranges from 1-2000mg, so it would seem to be much more effective and beneficial in all its nutritional properties.
One of the key nutrients you will find in raw cannabis are its terpenes, these are the oils that produce its scent. The different types are Linalool (anti-inflammatory; anti-convulsant), pinene (neuroprotective), limonene (prevents gastrointestinal issues). The others are its Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids for which the body can’t produce on its own and it is responsible for maintaining the fatty acids needed for optimum brain health. Finally, the essential amino acids as well as its antioxidants which both help with cell structure and damage.
Cannabis is just one part of a nutritional area. According to William Courtney, MD., it is a ‘functional food’, providing benefits in excess of nutrition. Hemp milk and hemp seeds are perfectly balanced to provide valuable food material with a wide range of dietary value. In fact, there is a new term popping up, which is dietary cannabis. Dr. Courtney has worked with over 7000 patients and he considers Cannabis the most important vegetable on our planet, for its healing benefits.
Those culinary experts and raw food enthusiasts that study its properties can attest to cannabis as being the poster child for raw food. It is best blended or juiced, or even consumed in a salad. How to best juice your cannabis is to use a wheatgrass juicer as it is a product that is used to handling more fibrous foods. Soak the cannabis leaves for 5 minutes (not the buds!) in cold water in order for the plant’s pores to open up. You can always blend your juice with coconut water or other vegetables and fruits.
Expert tip; Make ice cubes of your cannabis juice and add the cubes into your regular smoothie to get your dose!
Here are the ingredients to a smoothie recipe, taken from www.royalqueenseeds.com. It is as easy to make as it is healthy and delicious to consume:
A handful of ice cubes
Up to 15g raw cannabis trim, leaves and/or bud (stalks removed)
A few sprigs of parsley (stalks removed)
A generous handful of washed spinach leaves
A large, ripe avocado (remove skin and seed)
A handful of blueberries
A quarter of a cucumber
600ml freshly squeezed apple juice
A good squeeze of lemon juice
A generous pinch of powdered turmeric
A pinch of hemp seed
2 tsp baobab powder
2 tsp powdered green superfood complex
1 tsp coconut oil
All one needs to do is place all these ingredients in a blender, turn it on and pour it out. You can feel energized just knowing you are helping your body achieve optimal immune function. The science behind the cannabis plant suggests its dietary value is incredible, and we are only beginning to discover its potential.
Larissa Gomes is originally from Toronto, now turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays/pilots, along with contributed published short stories, articles, blogs, marketing content, copywriting and editing work. She is also a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited toddler boy