This is just one of several videos online right now that talks about the benefits of juicing cannabis. I’ve been discussing juicing here on Weedist as I document growing my own cannabis for the purpose of juicing it.
Most other videos and articles say a similar thing: THC-A is a compound that can be activated in cannabis when juiced, and this has been proven to help the immune system and boost overall health in a huge way. This does not have the psychoactive effect that is found in THC, which needs to be activated either by smoking or cooking.
I’ve been told a few different exact dosage numbers by various industry-level growers (and in one case, a professional chef whose specialty was teaching people how to grow and juice their own cannabis), but it seems that a standard dose of cannabis juice is about 15 fan leaves. The video above shows people doing it with fresh, full buds, and it seems like that’s obviously a great way to get a much, much bigger dose. For those with cancer and other seriously life-threatening illnesses, doing full buds makes a lot of sense; in my case, just the fan leaves are enough to get a good dose so I can then harvest the buds for smoking.
No matter what, everyone has said the same thing on one issue: you have to juice the cannabis fresh. As soon as it is cut off the mother, you’re on the clock for losing potency. I have known people who have flash frozen trim and then juiced it right out of the freezer, and that is probably fine, but the idea is that it has to still have plenty of THC and THC-A in there.
I have a wheatgrass grinder that I use, just like if I were making myself a daily wheat grass shot. I also use other fruits and berries, as well. This is for two reasons; the first is simply taste, and the second is because fresh juice is awesome! There are just as many good vitamins and minerals in other fruits too that are great for your body as in cannabis itself, and since fresh marijuana doesn’t taste great, it’s the perfect way to get two birds stoned.
Just like with vitamin C and other homeopathic remedies, the benefit is hard to see at first for someone who is merely trying to stay healthy. Fresh cannabis juice certainly doesn’t get you “high”, and after trying between 10-15 fan leaves a day for the last two weeks, I can’t say I see too much difference so far in my overall feeling. I still drink coffee, although I have been drinking less a day and feeling fine. Some of that might be because of the other stuff I’m juicing, some might be a placebo, or some might be an actual benefit. I’m going to keep juicing every day for at least a month before making a final judgment (and I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated!)
As I have been doing during this entire series, I’d like to open up the comment section, and I specifically would like to hear any feedback from any Weedists out there who juice regularly: what are your favorite fruits/veggies to juice? Has any one else tried to juice cannabis? Let us know!
I have been using fresh cannabis for over 2 years daily. I started by eating fresh leaves (nobody I know of grows even close enough to juice them daily - including them in a smoothie gives you everything they have to offer including fiber), then went on to include a small amount (3-7 grams) of fresh-frozen flowers instead of leaf. The flowers are 10X more potent, health-wise.
I've given fresh-frozen flowers to many friends, and all have told me of very pronounced health benefits. One friend was diagnosed with terminal kidney disease (by three doctors in two states), so I gave her fresh-frozen flowers (approx. 2/3 normal high-THC varieties, 1/3 high-CBD Harlequin) thinking they would make her feel better at least. 4 months later her kidneys function normally - deemed "spontaneous remission" by her doctor, of course, since he had nothing to do with it.
I have regained my mobility from the onset of arthritis - I can now do a deep knee bend freestanding whereas for the last 3 years before fresh cannabis I could not. Depression - gone! Energy up, stamina, focus, mental acuity all remarkably increased. Skin tone improved and cuts heal faster.
Using cannabis fresh - never dried, never heated - is going to be the game changer in this whole ridiculous farce of prohibition. Getting "high" is the ONLY thing anyone can complain about - other than that, who's going to worry? Feed fresh flowers to your kids - it DOES NOT GET THEM HIGH! The health benefits are off the charts in degree and scope - almost every one I've given it to has told me they feel younger.
Spread the word, forget the juicer for the waste of plant matter it is in this case - we can afford to throw away carrot pulp at $5/lb. but throwing away any part of a fresh cannabis plant (other than the stem from what I can see) is supremely wasteful. Remember: resin is where the goodness is (THC-A for eating and delta 9THC for smoking) and flowers are where the resin is.
I believe this is the way our ancestors used it - fresh w/seeds as part of their diet. I often wondered how humans in ancient times could afford to smoke a bowl and "chill"/relax when they needed to expend so much energy to just get their next meal.
Fresh cannabis is it - the health benefits of the fresh resin combined with the high protein and full EFA-fatty acid profile in the seeds are what allowed us to get here from caveperson times.
@swaziX Thanks for the nice article. I've been adding fresh MJ leaves to my morning smoothies for a couple months and recently started adding young buds. Now it is close to harvest time for my 3 outdoor plants (legal in Oregon). I would like to harvest the buds and immediately freeze them for future use in smoothies but don't know if this creates problems or not. A lot of articles say not to freeze cured buds--but don't say anything about raw buds. Do the buds turn to mush? Do they lose much health benefit? How long do they stay viable in the freezer?
Thanks for any guidance you could provide.