Think about switching from kale to cannabis for your morning smoothie. Cannabis juicing offers options for users looking for a discrete way to consumer. It may be the go-to option for the “new” market for legalized cannabis and medical cannabis. And, to optimize its value, you may need a complete beginners guide to cannabis juicing.
First, take a taste —
Think about this tasty recipe from Esquire (2015) before reviewing the procedure and benefits in juicing. It starts with making cannabis ice cubes. For that, you need a powerful “masticating” juicer.
Colorado Pot Guide recommends, “To make cannabis juice, simply add 15 large fan leaves and two, 2- to 4-inch buds in a juicer.” Fresh cannabis (not cannabis from a dispensary) should produce a nice supply. You can make ice cubes by pouring the juice into ice cube trays that come with covers.
To make the ice cubes, you just freeze the liquid. You can mix the product with any fruit or vegetable juice instead of water. But, once your cubes are flavored, you cut down on your choice of recipes:
- Skin a mango and set half aside
- 1 cup of whole fa yogurt
- 1 tbsp. Agave syrup or honey
- ½ banana
- ½-lemon with rind
- 3 cannabis ice cubes
Place all the ingredients in a blender until you are happy with the texture.
A Guide to Cannabis Juicing Benefits —
Juicing is a convenient way to blend the flavors and nutrients of various fruits and vegetables. Easy to make and easy to drink, juices are appropriate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a supplement at any time.
- Selecting ingredients well creates a flavorful juice you can use on a diet or as therapy for many medical conditions.
- Selecting fresh leaves — not aged or cured — eliminates the THC and CBD, so your juice will not produce psychoactive results
What juicing does produce is a fluid with THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid). There has been little research on the value or benefits of these acids, but cannabis juices apparently work for many.
While the juice lacks THC and CBD, you can consume large doses for anxiety, auto immune disorders, cancer, dementia, depression, diabetes, fatigue, insomnia, pain, and more.
Cannabis juicing does not diminish the natural qualities of the plant. It is a vegetable, after all. And, along with beneficial cannabinoids, it comes with calcium, fiber, and iron. As Medical Jane points out, “Juiced cannabis is a nutritionally-dense, very potent medicinal compound, without the psychoactive components normally activated when heating the plant.”
Little research on file —
The comments on the health benefits are typically cautionary because there has been little research. What is known about the chemistry of the plant teaches that THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) do not become THC and CBD until heated.
The anecdotal reports after centuries of consumption as an herbal remedy parallel the known benefits of cannabinoids on the human endocannabinoid system. The correlation with proven effects on cell function, inflammation, and tumor growth.
Perhaps, it’s enough to know that inflammation arises when cells are attacked and unable to calm the related nerves. Because cannabinoids interact with nerve receptors, they reduce the symptoms. So, if the cannabinoids in cannabis juice optimize the functioning of the human endocannabinoid system, positive benefits follow.
Medical Jane references, the most focused, productive, and experienced authority is Dr. William L. Courtney.” Dr. Courtney is Vice President of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Methodes Preventives, an ambulatory care facility in Luxembourg utilizing dietary unheated cannabis.” Exceptionally well educated, Courtney works “with dispensaries interested in providing high dose raw/juiced cannabis to seriously ill medical marijuana patients, and is also working to establish analytic/medical laboratories in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, California.”
Little work in the process —
Theoretically, any kitchen blender will do. But, because the canna material is coarse, you should consider investing into a stronger blender or a masticating power juicer that will grind just about anything. The masticating juicer will also separate pulp from juice that you could drink immediately.
- Pick the strain that serves your health condition. Each strain has a pattern of anxiety and depression, and so on. Since the THC and CBD are not active in raw plants, you can choose a strain without fear of psychoactive results.
- Choose fresh, organically-grown cannabis that has not been cured or smoked. The fresher the better, so you are not likely to find it at dispensaries. You can grow it yourself or purchase through a cannabis collective.
- Check for indications of pests, mold, or fungus, but also reject any product that has been treated with pesticides or contaminants.
- Use 15 leaves and two large raw buds per juicing. The raw buds should be two to four inches long.
- Soak the product in ice cold water for a few minutes before draining and rinsing.
- Expect the cannabis flavor to be very bitter, so add another vegetable juice to thin and flavor the cannabis product. Plan on one-part cannabis juice for ten parts of the vegetable juice. Carrot, beet, and bell peppers add sweetness and flavor.
- If the blender leaves the juice thick with plant fiber, you may want to filter through cheesecloth or sieve. But, you can continue to blend until you have the texture you want.
- Divide the juice into six to eight-ounce containers, seal tightly, and refrigerate for up to three days.
Or, you can work the juice into other recipes immediately for refrigeration or freezing. Mixed with other ingredients, cannabis juice will make a smoothie or detoxing flush. You can experiment by adding kale, spinach, and other power greens. You can improve the taste with mint leaves, rhubarb, apple, grapes, or berries. And, you can add other high fiber vegetables like carrots, beets, and cucumber.
Your bottom-line —
When you juice cannabis, you increase your nutrient intake with an easy to prepare and consume health benefit. You benefit from nutrients burned off during the processing of marijuana for smoking.
When you juice, you can consumer without the adverse respiratory aspects of smoking. But, you get full advantage of fatty acids, cannabinoids, and cannabidiol that provide anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
A beginners’ guide to cannabis juicing starts and ends with a taste. When you like it, consider its value and easy processing.