Can You Eat Cannabis?
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Cannabis, in its raw form- none extracted/not smoked, is alkaline if non-acidic (proper pH) soil was used to grow it. When we smoke Cannabis, we are taking it from an alkaline state in our bodies, to an acidic state. Smoke increases acid secretion in the stomach. An alkaline diet is one that doesn’t consume acidic foods. Healthline, describes acidic foods as: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol, and describes alkaline foods as: fruits, nuts, legumes, and vegetables.
Cannabis is a Superfood
Cannabis is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins, fibers, and antioxidants. Raw Cannabis is loaded with digestible proteins, and essential amino acids (the ones that can’t be synthesized in the body). It also has a great ratio of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, with antioxidant properties.
What is Being Consumed When Eating Raw Cannabis
Though there are many benefits associated with smoking Cannabis, specifically related to pain and mental health, but there are elements of the plant lost when smoking. Elements that may be needed for certain ailments.
When consuming raw cannabis, CBD or THC aren’t really being consumed. What’s being consumed is the acid forms of these components- Cannabidolic Acid (CBD-A) and Tetrahydrocannabonolic Acid (THC-A). And though acids, they are in fact antioxidants. We lose those components when we smoke Cannabis.
All terpenes stay intact when consuming raw Cannabis. We do keep some when smoking, but others. Also, raw Cannabis consumption means cleansing toxic accumulations and consuming fibers and foliates.
Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis
· Omegas 3,6, 9
· Stearic acid
· Vitamin A
· B1, 2 & 3
· Vitamin C
· Vitamin E
· Phytochemicals (stored in trichomes)
· Anthocyanins (analgesic)
· Neuroprotective Properties
Dr. William Courtney, MD, of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Clinical Cannabis and the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, says that he wants to refer to Cannabis not as a medicine, but as a dietary need/requirement.
There are many ways to consume raw Cannabis. The most popular way is to juice Cannabis and/or adding Cannabis flower to smoothie blends.
As a garnish on a salad is also an easy way to consume raw Cannabis and when nothing else works, just chew the flower/leaf/stem down. Either way, you’re giving your body one of the best and most medicinal plants ever!