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Raw cannabis contains THCA, a nonintoxicating substance that can be converted into the intoxicating substance THC through the decarboxylation process.6 This process also converts CBDA into CBD, although both forms remain nonintoxicating in their respective states. While the cannabinoids CBD and THC have been the focus of evidence-based research in recent years, their phytocannabinoid acidic forms CBDA and THCA are beginning to gain attention for their biological activities and significant potential as a therapeutic agent.
Nutritional Value of Raw Cannabis
Outside of the frequently studied hemp seed, raw cannabis leaves and flowers could be considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The raw plant material contains essential fatty acids, nine essential amino acids, dietary fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids, terpenes, and phytocannabinoid acids, all of which have the potential to benefit health.1,2
3. Gertsch J, Pertwee RG, Di Marzo V. Phytocannabinoids beyond the cannabis plant — do they exist? Br J Pharmacol. 2010;160(3):523-529.
There are a few precautions about safety and side effects that must be raised when discussing the consumption of raw cannabis with patients. Educate them about the importance of consuming only clean raw cannabis. Like any lettuce or vegetable, raw cannabis has the potential to carry microbes such as Salmonella and E coli from their growing environment to the point of human consumption. This is especially important to discuss with patients who are immunocompromised.
One major drawback to juicing is the lack of access to fresh leaves and the number of fresh leaves required to make a single serving of juice. Courtney recommends using anywhere from 15 to 30 leaves to produce a single serving of raw cannabis juice, which may be expensive or unattainable for many cannabis users depending on what state they live in.1
Potential Benefits of CBDA
Like THCA and THC, the cannabinoid acid found in raw cannabis CBDA produces CBD. Research suggests that like THCA, CBDA has potential therapeutic applications that are nonintoxicating in nature.
Most of marijuana’s medicinal properties come from the presence of active cannabinoids and certain terpenes, flavonoids, etc. Since marijuana seeds don’t have cannabinoids, we don’t use them for medicinal/therapeutic purposes.
The next time you decide to toss away “useless” marijuana seeds from the weed you’re about to use, stop!
1) High in Natural, Easy-to-Digest Protein
You will find hemp seed products in grocery stores and health food outlets. However, marijuana seeds remain classified as a cannabis product. Therefore, their legality depends on where you live. We urge you not to buy them if you don’t live in a legal state. You are better off sticking with hemp seeds in that instance.
When we say “marijuana seeds,” we mean cannabis seeds in general. In terms of essential nutritional benefits, there is no discernible difference between a hemp seed and a cannabis seed. The seeds of marijuana do not contain cannabinoids; you find those in the flower, stems, stalks, and leaves.
It’s not that difficult! You can eat marijuana seeds raw, cooked, shelled, or unshelled. You don’t have to prepare or otherwise process them to reap the health and nutrition benefits.
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* UI stands for International Unity. 400 IU = 10 micrograms (0.01 mg)
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These seeds are also claimed to promote weight loss. With 625 kcal per 100g, the cannabis seed is however very caloric.
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