Cannabis originated thousands of years ago in Asia and was extensively used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Two well-known cannabinoids of the plant are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is psychoactive that gets you stoned, while CBD has many therapeutic effects.
From smoking and vaping to oral consumption, cannabis can be consumed in various forms, that yield different results. In particular, eating raw cannabis, has immense health benefits.
There are several ways in which cannabis can be eaten. You can have it in smoothies, salads, stews or cakes. Check out the following reasons why eating cannabis is actually good for your health:
Does not get you stoned
THCA a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in raw weed which slowly converts into THC upon heating, and gets you high, a process is called decarboxylation. On eating raw cannabis the decarboxylation process does not take place and only gives the medicinal benefits without getting you stoned.
Eating is healthier than smoking
Any kind of smoking is injurious to health. Smoking cannabis provides medicinal benefits along with the deadly tar which is bad for our respiratory system and lungs.
Cannabis leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals
Though they may get you a little dizzy, yet like any other green leafy vegetable raw cannabis leaves are also an excellent source of several vitamins,minerals, omegas and fiber.
Even the West Palm Beach marijuana doctors believe that the vitamin C in cannabis is essential for building the immune system. Vitamin K is vital for blood clotting. Calcium is crucial for strengthening bones, Folate helps in DNA repair and Iron is crucial for blood oxygenation.
It's a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic
THCA is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Ingesting raw cannabis neutralizes pain and provide relief for longer durations. Sour diesel cannabis buds are beneficial for treating pain.
A rich source of antioxidants
Raw cannabis is rich in neuroprotective antioxidants and studies confirm that it is helpful in treating oxidative neurological disorders. It contains THCA which is known to activate the brain’s cannabinoid system and triggers the release of antioxidants.
It can help fight cancer
For a long time, cannabis has been used to ease the symptoms resulting from chemotherapy in cancer patients and possibly cure cancer. THCA has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiproliferative and anti-metastatic properties. The antiproliferative qualities have the ability to halt the growth of cancer cells, and anti-metastatic properties help in preventing cancer cells from migrating from one part of the body to other.
Helpful in reducing nausea
It’s been clinically proven that cannabis is helpful in reducing nausea regardless of the cause of its occurrence- natural stimuli or as a result of chemotherapy.
The next time you doubt cannabis, remember that it's a superfood with various health benefits.
Jessica K is a passionate researcher and writer on the Cannabis vertical. She has been a strong believer in the worldwide legalisation of this herbal drug. She also enjoys meeting new people and travelling to exotic places.