Most cannabis users are familiar with dried cannabis flowers, which are the buds you smoke or vape. Before selling them, growers dry and cure buds to allow the plant to use up any remaining sugars and nutrients. This allows the true flavor to come through, and makes the smoke smoother. However, if you want to experience the anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting benefits of cannabis in its freshest form, try juicing or eating the flowers straight from the plant.
Raw cannabis does not get you high
In order to experience the psychoactive effects of cannabis, you have to convert the cannabinoids THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD by heating the dried plant. The A stands for “acid,” which the raw plant contains. As a plant dries, the acid level reduces; when you apply heat to the dried plant matter, the cannabinoid acids decarboxylate into THC and CBD, THCA doesn’t act on the body’s cannabinoid receptors, so raw plants won’t get you high, but they allow you to consume a much higher dose of cannabinoids, which means experiencing more of the health benefits. Not only can you juice cannabis flowers, you can juice and eat the leaves as well.
How does juiced cannabis taste?
But what does it taste like? Cannabis juice has a grassy, green taste, similar to wheatgrass. Like those veggies, it also contains iron, folate, and vitamins C and K along with the health-boosting cannabinoids. Try juicing cannabis with the same ingredients you use to sweeten your regular green juice, such as carrots, grapes, apples, and berries. The acidity of citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, and limes can partially convert THCA to THC, so avoid using these if you don’t want to feel a slight high after drinking your juice.
Different ways to add raw cannabis to your diet
The cannabis plant is also a good source of fiber, so consider tossing a couple of buds into the blender with some bananas, dates, and almond milk to make a smoothie. If you prefer to eat raw cannabis rather than drink it, chop it up and add it to salads, or sprinkle it over a baked potato, a bowl of beans and rice, a plate of nachos, or any other food you usually garnish with raw herbs. Try mixing cilantro, scallions, or parsley half-and-half with fresh cannabis to preserve the flavor you’re used while adding extra nutrients to your meal. Keep in mind that raw cannabis flowers can be a stomach irritant, which is why most users juice the plant or extract the THC, so start with a very small amount of flower if you want to try eating it.
It might take a while to get used to the taste, especially if you’re not already on the green-smoothie train. But if you’re feeling anxious, run-down, or achy, raw cannabis is worth incorporating into your diet. Plus, if you blend or eat it, the fiber will help stave off the munchies if you choose to smoke or vape dried herb as well. You can’t go wrong eating your vegetables!
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