Although there’s a lot of heated debate surrounding the best ways to consume cannabis in terms of most healthy, there’s really no argument when you add raw cannabis to the mix. Raw cannabis’ nutritional value, availability of cannabinoids in their acidic forms and the unadulterated terpenes (none lost in heating, processing) makes it an absolute powerhouse of health boosting properties. When you introduce raw cannabis plant material or cannabis juice to your system, it immediately begins to have an impact on your mind & body in a number of ways. First of all, cannabinoids interact with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS); all humans and many animals have an ECS, which is a complex network of nerves and receptors that initiates actions between plant compounds like THC & CBD and the effects on our neurological and physiological health. For instance, when CBD is consumed the Cannabidiol compounds interact with your CB1 or CB2 receptors (part of your Endocannabinoid System). These receptors act like transmitters, relaying information along your nervous system and neural network which activates such things as the release of anti-oxidants, reduction of pain or anti-inflammatory effects.
The positives don’t just stop at pain & inflammation relief. As many of you will already know, cannabis is very multifaceted when it comes to what it can do for your health, fitness and general quality of life. Your ECS receptors are located in your major organs, glands, connective tissues and most importantly in your brain, so in effect any cannabinoids that interact with your body can influence all of the functions of these parts of your body. When you consume THC or CBD, your Endocannabinoid System can effectually instigate appetite, ease nausea, relax an anxious or stressed mind, improve the consistency and quality of sleep, help to boost your body’s immunity, and even soothe gastrointestinal issues and support cardiovascular health. The applications seem almost endless, the more we study medical marijuana the wider our eyes become at how influential this plant can be on our health.
Eating raw cannabis or drinking raw marijuana juice has been used as a natural health supplement as well as a treatment for many of life’s ailments, including:
- Arthritis, chronic pain or inflammatory conditions (Lupus)
- Lethargy, fatigue or loss of appetite
- Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s)
- Severe anxiety, stress-related conditions or PTSD
- Insomnia, sleep deprivation related to pain or neurological disorders
- The symptoms of cancer (weakened immune system, pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, anxiety)
There is a lot of research currently underway, but until more studies have been conducted we’re standing at the precipice of a mountain of information surrounding cannabis. Marijuana for medical purposes has a long, rich history in this country and the entire human story, but it can be tough to promote this as fact until the supporting research is published. Still, there are thousands – if not millions – of people that have had their lives positively impacted by medical cannabis; there’s no discrediting these peoples’ accounts. Nonetheless, the science has to play catch up to the vocal faction of medical cannabis users if we’re to make any real progress in understanding the full spectrum of health benefits of cannabis.
What we do know is: consuming raw cannabis, either in food, drink or supplementally, can have profoundly positive effects on a person’s health & well-being. Cannabis in all its forms can interact with our Endocannabinoid Systems, but raw cannabis has the advantage of its undiminished terpenes, flavinoids and plant compounds – not to mention the natural state of its nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A, B, C & E.