As awareness surrounding the marijuana plant grows, it seems that we see a new growing trend emerge every week. While the traditional method of smoking weed is becoming old news and as the industry paves the way for the weird and wonderful future of cannabis consumption, is it possible that we could eat the plant as Mother Nature intended — raw, green, and completely “unmolested?”
Yes, it seems that eating cannabis raw is one of the newest methods of consumption for many around the world, and while it may not get you high, it does seem that the humble plant has just as much to offer from a health perspective in its raw form as it does via the psychoactive experience of smoking it.
In this article, we are going to look at how – and WHY – you would ever consider consuming raw marijuana. And trust us – by the end of it, you will want to try it too!
Medical Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis
As strange as it might sound, there is a bucket load of reasons why raw cannabis may be the way to go. However, it is important to make it clear from the start that if you are looking to get high, raw marijuana is not for you.
Cannabis only becomes psychoactive after the decarboxylation (heating) process – without that, THC remains in its acidic state as THCA. While full of great benefits, however, THCA won’t get you high! That being said, more and more people are opting for this raw form of cannabis because of its endless list of medicinal benefits. And for those countless patients who want to experience the healing power of marijuana without the high, it may be the perfect option.
But other than the lack of any high, why would you opt for chowing down on some raw weed? The reality is that cannabis is a little powerhouse of nutritional benefits, and when you take away the decarboxylation process, you are left with a whole, healthy plant that’s full of wonderful qualities!
Weed Is a Leafy Green
Some people say that cannabis is as good as kale when it comes to its dark leafy green appearance – meaning it is filled to the brim with fiber! As you MUST know by now, fiber is essential for proper digestion — without it, you can expect some pretty nasty side effects.
Indeed, cannabis in its raw form is packed with fiber, which helps digestion as well as promotes healthy bacteria growth – perfect for physical and mental health!
So technically, cannabis in its raw form provides the body with essential nutrients that it needs to survive!
Throw Those Vitamin Supplements Away!
Forget spending hundreds of dollars a month on every vitamin supplement under the sun; raw marijuana is full of all the essential vitamins and minerals our body craves to be healthy!
As a matter of fact, raw cannabis has been found to possess all of the following:
- Vitamin C– Great for boosting that immunity
- Vitamin K – Essential for blood clotting and absorbing calcium
- Iron, Folate, Calcium – For repairing DNA, helping oxygen travel through the blood, and maintaining strong, healthy bones.
Excellent For A Good Night’s Sleep!
You probably know all about terpenes (the compounds that give cannabis its specific aroma and flavors), But what many people don’t realize is how incredibly beneficial terpenes can be. And in raw marijuana, you are getting even more than you would in other forms of the plant!
Terpenes are responsible for many of the benefits of cannabis, from relaxing and stress relieving to bringing about acuity and focus. Contrary to what a lot of enthusiasts might think, there is a lot more to marijuana than THC and CBD!
So if you are after a peaceful and sound night’s sleep but don’t fancy the risks of getting high before bedtime, eating raw marijuana could be the very thing you need (it works wonders in helping you fall asleep naturally, and more importantly, to stay asleep through the all-important REM cycles).
Ever Heard Of Anthocyanin?
There is a high chance that you have never heard of anthocyanin, and if this is the case then we recommend you get yourself acquainted! Anthocyanin is the nutrient-packed element that brings about that familiar red, purple, or even sometimes blue hue to food. It is found in many superfoods (such as purple cabbage and eggplant), and it is excellent for overall health.
Raw cannabis is full of anthocyanin (which brings about the beautiful purple-ish appearance in some strains). It’s great at promoting a healthy heart and immune system and can even help with vision!
Raw Cannabis Can Protect Your Body!
Cannabis is full of antioxidants, and when consumed raw, the antioxidants are even higher! Antioxidants are essential for our overall health, as they work to protect the body and fight off harmful free radicals. Consuming marijuana could potentially support long-term health, fight off cancer, keep your blood vessels healthy, and even help reverse damage from old age ‘wear and tear.’
Three No-brainer Reasons Why You Should Consume Raw Cannabis!
So, you have heard all about the medicinal benefits of consuming weed raw, but if that isn’t enough to convince you to start partaking, why not take a look at the other advantages of this method of consumption!
Okay, so in this day and age, it’s no question that there is a weed consumption method for everyone. And while devices such as vaporizers are getting more and more discreet, they also tend to lose some of the natural health benefits of the raw flower.
If you are consuming marijuana medically, then you will likely know all about this struggle and the stigma attached to consuming cannabis. This can be smoking, edibles, or vaporizing – it is all pretty out there in the open, and many people have an opinion.
When you consume cannabis in its raw form, though, you are doing away with all that worry and stress. You can chow down on a cannabis-infused salad at work, and nobody would know the difference. Also, you won’t end up high, and you can still get your dose of medicine, just not THC – a no-brainer win-win situation!
So we fully appreciate that the thought of eating raw weed may put some people off! We’re not suggesting you chomp down on some raw weed like it’s an apple, though. In reality, you will have to grind the raw flower up into pretty fine bits (use a normal blender) in order to help “release” the cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, omega acids, and other natural compounds.
Love a good salad? Sprinkle some raw cannabis over the top and there you go, a tasty salad full of nutrients! If salad isn’t up your alley, though, raw marijuana also goes amazing with fresh fruit smoothies – mix it in with your favorite ingredients, and blitz!
Whether you prefer to smoke weed or eat it as an edible, the sad truth is that these methods of consumption are pretty poor when it comes to things like the bioavailability of anything other than THC or CBD. Smoking, vaping, and extracts tend to leave THC residue, which is not consumed or digested. With raw cannabis you are getting the whole thing in one – nothing left out or wasted, and all the benefits!
(It is also important to consider that once heated, cannabis loses a lot of the non-psychoactive cannabinoids that provide so many health benefits).
Alternatives to Eating Raw Cannabis
We completely understand that eating cannabis raw just isn’t for everyone, which is why a suitable alternative could be consuming CBD. Although this choice varies from raw marijuana for a number of reasons, most notably the fact that THCA will be missing, CBD products are becoming more and more prominent as positive research continues to flood in regarding the cannabinoid. CBD oil is likely the most common way to consume cannabidiol, and since CBD products are typically non-psychoactive, they can be a wise option for both children and the elderly.
Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Raw Cannabis Flower
We realize that consuming raw weed isn’t going to appeal to everyone. With the aspect of “getting high” totally missing, it seems that many are reluctant to try this method of consumption. However, it is impossible to deny the medical benefits that eating raw cannabis comes with!
Raw cannabis is open to all ages and groups because it won’t produce mind-altering, intoxicating effects. As such, some are already saying that it may be a potential treatment for children and the elderly.
If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend you give raw cannabis a go and see what you think; we think you will love it!