Lately on message boards and popular websites such as Reddit, Leafly, and Twitter I have been seeing several people asking about Juicing Cannabis. I’ve done some extensive research trying to find the correct answers and what I’ve found is pretty interesting. This is a quick run down of everything you need to know about Juicing Cannabis.
For those of you who aren’t big readers, the quick answer is yes, you CAN Juice Cannabis. However, I’m guessing if you’ve made it to a blog to look for juicing, then you’re going to want a little bit more of a run down of how the whole juicing cannabis process works, the bennefits, and all the good juicy news and facts that come with it.
First things first, you’re going to need a juicer if you don’t already have one.
Step One: Obtain the Correct Materials
This little bit of information is often times overlooked and cannot be stressed enough. Cured Cannabis will not work for juicing. There’s a 95% chance that the Cannabis you obtain from a dispensary or from Frank down the block, is cured and it’s useless. For juicing purposes, you have to go directly to the source (a grower), or grow your own. Raw Cannabis is the ONLY way to juice cannabis. Make sure that your raw cannabis is grown without pesticides or you’ll find yourself extremely sick and uncomfortable.
Step Two: Leaves or Buds?
Leaves obviously hold much less than buds do so you will be able to get them cheaper. But, if you’re not growing your own, you can really only take what the grower is willing to give you. Either will work, but the juicing process works better to have buds. The amount of material you will be using all depends on what you think your body will need. Juicing is great for Cannabinoids. You do not get ‘high’ from juicing raw cannabis. I have seen people using a half ounce of material to four ounces of material or more. It all really depends on what you think will work best for your body. You may have to experiment a little to get the right ‘dose’ of juice for you. Another commonly overlooked fact is you don’t get a lot of product out of juicing. It takes a lot of material to get a “whole juice” so be prepared.
Step Three: Soak Your Material/ Juice
There are a couple of different ways to prep your raw cannabis for juicing purposes. I have seen great product out of soaking your material in room temperature water for 45 minutes. I’ve also seen great product come out of not soaking and putting it right into the juicer. As I stated above, you will have to find out what works best for you. What works great for someone but not work so great for the next.
Once you have decided whether to soak your material before juicing or not, you will need to get a juicer. Any juicer will work. You do not need a $500 juicer to produce. If theres a jucier at Goodwill for $5.00 or one under your sink, either will work. All you have to do is put your raw material into the juicer and let the juicer do the rest.
Step Four: Strain the Material
If you’ve followed directions accordingly, then you will notice that once you have put all of your material into the juicer, the finished product will be kind of chunky. That’s okay, because you’re going to use cheesecloth to strain the material before you drink it. After all of your product is strained, enjoy. I will warn you before you drink it, it tastes absolutely terrible. Cannabis Juice tastes nothing like it’s smoked. So my best advice is to plug your nose and bottoms up!
Benefits of Cannabinoids:
Depression, Anxiety, Drug Dependency, and Dementia – This article looked at a huge variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, which are both found in raw cannabis. Source
Appetite, Food Intake, and Energy Balance – This study indicates that cannabinoids could be useful in treating obesity and related cardiometabolic risk factors. Source
Sleep – The Journal of Brain Research published a study that suggests increased activity within your cannabinoid receptors can help induce sleep without the psychoactive effects of THC. Source
Memory – I thought this one was super interesting. Cannabis is typically considered to cause memory loss. This may be true for THC, however, researchers have found that certain cannabinoids can actually improve your memory. Source
Immune System – This study found that endocannabinoids could help with “muscle spasms, inflammation, and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis”. Source
Stroke – This finding came from scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). They found, “The cannabinoids block a neurochemical, known as glutamate, that leads to the formation of toxic oxidizing molecules that kill brain cells.”Source