Raw Cannabis Juicing

Liz Filmer
19 Sep 2021

Cannabis juicing is a form of "green juicing. Green juicing is about accessing all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals from your leafy green produce. When vegetables are prepared and cooked conventionally under heat, they lose some of their nutritional value. 


Like any fruit or veg, juicing cannabis helps you maintain a well-balanced, plant-based diet, essential for achieving good health. Juicing floods the body with micronutrients by offering a fast and efficient way to absorb all the immune-boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. 

 Juicing removes the insoluble fibre from vegetables and fruits, allowing for increased absorption of nutrients and enzymes. During the juicing process, any soluble fibre stays within the juice. Fresh juice is full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is superior to mass-produced juice made from concentrate, generally full of sugar and usually lacks nutrition.

 Whilst the exact nutritional value of cannabis has not been defined as yet, we can measure it against the Hemp plant. Hemp is a rich source of magnesium, fibre, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and has an impressive amino acid profile. 

Additionally, you will get the full spectrum of raw cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, CBN and CBG, which are wholly contained when the plant is juiced.  The main properties of which include anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, appetite suppressing, mood-enhancing and anti-metastatic. 

When we consume raw, fresh cannabis flowers, we don't feel any THC effect. This is because the THCA has to be decarboxylated for it to become THC and produce psychoactive effects. Decarboxylation is when the cannabis is heated (through smoking, for example), and THC is created.

When juicing, you must use fresh cannabis. The fresher it is, the more nutrition it holds. Protect it in an airtight container and keep it cool as you would do with any fresh vegetables or herbs

As you are juicing for health, use organic weed. The leaves of the cannabis plant hold less nutrition than the buds, which is where the majority of the cannabinoids are stored. Use a mixture of leaves and buds for the best results.  Pesticides, additives, and boosters could be present in the plant if your weed is not organic.  These are unfit for human consumption and could make you very ill if ingested. Pesticides.

Put your cannabis in a bowl, add enough water at room temperature to cover your plant matter, and leave to soak for about half an hour. You will get a smoother, more palatable juice if you soften up your ingredients first. You can juice in combination with other green juice ingredients. Use more water to bulk it out if you need to. 

You can take your juice in the form of a shot, so it is more concentrated. This is probably a good option if the taste does not agree with you. Never heat your juice as you risk activating or degrading the cannabinoids. For the same reason, do not add highly acidic fruit juice such as orange; stick to other green juice ingredients, primarily leafy green veg. Remember to strain your liquid; cheesecloth is most effective for this. Always drink your juice whilst fresh.

 

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Liz Filmer