Cannabis has many botanically oriented names; weed, bud, flower, but what about vegetable? The definition of a vegetable is both botanical and functional. To be considered a vegetable a plant must be grown for consumption of the leaf (i.e. kale), root (i.e. beet) , stem (i.e. celery) or flower (i.e. artichoke). Additionally, it must be suitable for consumption with a meal.
Do people ingest weed as they would a vegetable? Typically not, but it could be a good idea to start. In its raw form, THCA is not psychoactive. Heat is required for turning THCA into THC. Raw cannabis does not get you high. Consuming raw marijuana is for health benefits only. And there are many!
There are those who claim that the vegetable cannabis is best consumed in its raw form, as a juice. Why would anyone choose to do this? First of all, if you are consuming cannabis for medical reasons, drinking a juice is a more suitable way of taking medicinal cannabis in public. Vaporizing in the work place is not yet common practice (depending on where you work), and isn’t safe to do while driving. But a weed smoothie to go can come just about anywhere. For health conscience weed users, eating is a healthier alternative to smoking.
We rarely think of cannabis as a dietary supplement, but with new research coming out all the time citing marijuana as effective preventative medicine, it is becoming clear that regularly ingesting marijuana in its raw form can be an integral part of a healthy diet. Raw marijuana is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and contains miraculous neuro-protective properties.
Dr. William L. Courtney is the world’s leading advocate of raw cannabis. He no longer refers to marijuana as “medical” but as a dietary essential, congruous to the 9 essential amino acids which the body requires to function. His claim, which is backed up by research, is that marijuana aids the bodies regulatory systems. Cannabinoids enable each cell in the body to operate optimally. Cannabinoids regulate the functionality of immune cells (read: immune system boost). Immune cells keep you healthy on a daily basis, fighting off viral, bacterial and other invasive pathogens, and they also inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
When you heat cannabis, you are walking away from a certain percentage of medical benefits. When you smoke cannabis, you are walking away from 90% of its medical benefits.
So try a cannabis juice, and enjoy an invigorating green rush!