Eating Raw Cannabis: Is It Safe and Effective?
Medical marijuana has abundant health benefits. But in order to get those benefits, you are supposed to decarboxylate the bud.
This is something we are told every time we choose to experiment with the flower in the kitchen. But what if you skip that step? What would happen if you consume the bud raw or as it is?
This is something that people generally wonder about after getting an online medical card for the first time. It is okay to be curious and experiment with a herb but will it be safe to experiment with a medication? The answer is yes!
Can You Eat Raw Cannabis?
Yes, you can eat raw cannabis. Cannabis in its raw form is simply a green, leafy plant that is going to offer you nothing but the benefits of the plant. However, it is important to note that you would not receive the exact same effects and benefits of decarboxylated cannabis in its raw form. It is exactly like comparing raw vegetables to the cooked ones, there will be significant differences in every aspect, from taste to effects and its nutritional value.
Will Eating Raw Cannabis Get You High?
No, Raw cannabis will not get you high. This is the point from which you can start analyzing the differences in the effects of raw and decarboxylated cannabis.
If you are familiar with the chemical components of the cannabis plant, you will know there are hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes present in the plant. Out of these hundred cannabinoids, two are the most popular ones, known as primary cannabinoids, THC and CBD. THC and CBD are known for their euphoric effects and medicinal properties respectively. But these cannabinoids are not available in their actual form naturally in the plant. The cannabinoids occur in their acidic form as THCA and CBDA. After the process of decarboxylation, the carboxylic acid detaches and we are left with the compounds in their desired form.
This suggests that by consuming the raw cannabis, we shall receive THCA and not THC, so it won’t get you high. However, THCA also has medicinal properties so your experimental struggle shall not go in vain.
Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis
There are several benefits of consuming cannabis in its raw form. Exactly how nutritionists suggest eating vegetables raw can offer you more nutrients than cooked meals, a similar theory can be applied in the case of cannabis as well.
High Fibre Source
Cannabis in its raw form is a green, leafy plant that is going to offer you abundant fibres. The fibres are great for a healthy digestive system and promote healthy bacteria growth as well.
Rich in Nutrients
The cannabis plant is filled with vitamins and minerals that our body needs. When we say it is a natural supplement, it can be a natural alternative to supplements as well.
Not just regular vitamins and minerals that are of course essential for your body, cannabis is even a great source of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is generally found in foods that have dark purple or blue-ish shade such as purple cabbage. The element is good for the immune system and heart health.
Consuming marijuana in its raw form would keep the terpenes intact. Terpenes not only give marijuana the aroma but have several medicinal benefits too.
Flavonoids are compounds found in foods like kale and broccoli. You can imagine how healthy and beneficial we are talking here. Cannabis, again, is a rich source of flavonoids.
Benefits of THCA
Even though THCA seems similar to THC, it does not offer similar effects when it comes to euphoria and intoxication. THCA has several health benefits.
- Just like other popular cannabinoids, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation and pain.
- THCA can help reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Just like THC, it can stimulate appetite as well. This shall help people who have been dealing with appetite loss.
- THCA is an effective treatment for neurodegenerative disorders because of its neuroprotective properties.
- It can even help with insomnia and sleep related conditions.
- THCA has the potential to reduce and inhibit cancer or tumor growth.
- It can even suppress the immune system which can prove to be a beneficial property in certain conditions.
How to Eat Raw Cannabis?
If you thought that eating cannabis raw would mean eating it as it is, well you are not wrong. You can definitely choose to eat the bud as it is but that is not the ONLY option you have.
However, if you think you can simply bake or cook your cannabis edibles without decarboxylation (we know a lot of people will plan to experiment with raw cannabis in their edibles), DON’T. It’s not going to be pleasant. You will either end up ruining the taste of the dish or using inappropriate quantities of the flower which may not deliver the desired effects.
That being said, you can still experiment with raw cannabis, but with meals that won’t require heating or cooking. You can get good quality raw cannabis buds from a local dispensary or an online CBD store and start experimenting.
We know you got the idea of what we are going to suggest. Let us tell you why and how it shall help you. Juicing the bud will allow you to get the goodness of the plant, from cannabinoids to terpenes and flavonoids that decarboxylated cannabis may not offer. In addition to that, the process shall even allow you to completely leave the fibre and residual of the plant that is unrequired and hard to digest.
As a Garnish
Cannabis is nothing less than freshly chopped parsley. Of course, the effects are absolutely different but in the end it is a plant that can be chopped and sprinkled on any meal, right? Garnish your meal (that won’t require you to cook or heat it again) with cannabis and enjoy the health benefits of the plant in its raw form.
Even though we say juicing will help you leave hard to digest fibre, you don’t have to. You can always choose to add cannabis buds in your smoothie and get all the benefits of your healthy greens without cutting down on fibres.
Downsides of Consuming Raw Cannabis
While cannabis in its raw form shall offer you healthy benefits of the plant, it still is a plant that may carry bacteria and pesticides. This can be slightly on the dangerous side especially if you don’t have any clue about how your chosen cannabis was grown.
However, one can always choose to grow their own marijuana to reduce the risks of eating something that may be grown with the help of chemicals.
Consuming cannabis raw may not offer you the popular effects of THC and CBD but it does not make it less healthier than decarboxylated marijuana. Sure, you won’t feel high but if you are someone who is looking for just health benefits of the plant without the euphoric effects of THC, consuming cannabis raw can be your go to option. However, before considering self medicating with the plant, we highly recommend talking to a medical marijuana doctor about your decision and ask if it would be the right choice according to your health condition.
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