You are growing those beautiful cannabis plants, or perhaps you know someone who is growing those beautiful cannabis plants, and what do you do throughout the flowering period but trim, trim, trim. Then you cut down the plant and — more trim. What do you do with all this trim?
Or maybe you find out that one of your plants is a male, or has become hermaphrodite. What to do with whole plants that will not produce quality buds?
Go on any social media and they will tell you to toss all this material in the bin. It doesn’t get you high so it must be garbage.
Whoa — not so fast!
That is the old thinking, new research shows us that every part of the cannabis plant has medicinal qualities. Some folks such as Dr. William Courtney consider raw cannabis to be a dietary vegetable and essential preventative nutrient alongside kale and spinach.
The green leaf is not psychoactive. As those who are busy tossing their trim and non-female plants know, the plant needs to go through a heating process in order to activate the cannabinoids that get you high. But it itself is high — in medicinal properties that seem able to rebalance the body.
Research is just starting on the health benefits of the fresh leaf, but annectdocal evidence is exciting and promising. Want to know more about the science? Watch this video on the powerful health benefits of juicing cannabis leaves.
Can Juicing Cannabis Cure Cancer
Let me tell you that this is an explosive area of research. I searched for information on cannabis juicing in 2013 and came up with almost no hits on Google.
A mere four years later and there are lists of videos available as well as Katie Marsh’s excellent book, Juicing Cannabis for Healing: How I Achieved Almost Complete Remission of Chronic Pain by Juicing Fresh Raw Marijuana Leaf (2014).
In the interim, we have discovered that even the lowly hemp plant is a medicinal powerhouse and that has opened up research into the whole raw cannabis plant, including the roots.
When talking about the health benefits of juicing cannabis, cancer is one of the first conditions that comes to mind.
The verdict is out on this and may remain out as long as large pharmaceutical corporations retain their monopoly on the standards of care currently practiced in North American hospitals.
Lets just say that Courtney, Marsh, and others are giving compelling testimonial to the curative effects of adding raw cannabis juice to one’s health regimen or daily life.
Make Raw Cannabis Juice
So lets get to the juice of the matter. Clearly the first thing you need to make raw cannabis juice is the fresh green itself, which should be as organic as possible. How much do you need? Any amount is better than not including it in your juicing repertoire, but a small pile of leaf such as in this picture is a good start.
If you are combating a major health issue you can end up juicing a full plant every 3 days.
That’s a lot of plants.
It means you are constantly germinating new plants, but if that’s what it takes to free yourself from your ailments, then this level of temporary grow regime can be worth it until your condition stabilizes.
Minimally, consider using all your trim and cuttings for juice.
So now that you have your green, you need a juicer. Not just any juicer will work with cannabis and you can consider it in the same category as juicing any fine materials such as wheat grass or sprouts. Basically, a juicer that chops the raw material up is going to leave a lot of that material whole and you will end up throwing the baby out with the bath water.
You want a masticating juicer which crushes the plant matter to extricate the juice, leaving only dry leaf structure behind. For this I am going to recommend the Omega J8000 series juicers as one of the most economical buys in this category. Masticating juicers start at heavyweight and go up from there to commercial quality, so this economic model is still no slouch.
This hefty little machine will pulverize your leaf to a dry crumble and if you think there are still a few drops in there, run your remnants through it again. If you prefer a different juicer, any machine that can juice wheatgrass can also do cannabis.
Cannabis Juice Recipes
A good handful of green will only make a small amount of juice, but no worries! This stuff is super potent and can be treated like a concentrate to be mixed with other nutrient rich ingredients. You don’t want to drink it by itself anyway because the taste is pretty disgusting. Its a bit like lawn grass with some of the dirt left in.
Instead, I juice the following ingredients to make about one cup of this delicious and nutritious juice.
Cannabis Carrot Super Juice
- 4 medium organic carrots (scrubbed but not peeled)
- handful of fresh raw cannabis leaf
- 2 small to medium organic apples (peeled, they were still treated for pest resistance)
- small toe of fresh ginger or turmeric (peeled if not organic) – optional
Be very careful of how much ginger or turmeric you add, if any, since it can easily become overpowering. Without it, a hint of the fresh cannabis taste can come through, which I personally prefer because I like the smell and taste. But if you don’t, the ginger will take care of that.
Mint or another fresh herb can play the same masking role in your drink, or just cycle through your add-on ingredients for variety. You can also change up the apple for pear, melon, mango, papaya or another firm fruit. The fruit adds natural sweetness so you don’t have to use sugar or honey.
Marijuana Juice Method
I put my crunchiest stuff in the juicer first. Then I fold or ball up the cannabis leaf to make a more solid mass for the machine to mash. This usually goes through twice.
Next comes the ginger, turmeric or other leafy herb and last is the apple or other fruit to mop up whatever is still churning in the machine.
There will be some foam on the screen of your catch basin and you can knock that down to get additional drops of medicinal goodness.
If you want to further raise the nutritional content of your juice, you can add up to a cup of good quality orange or cranberry juice at this point. I’m a purist and want to savor a hint of the canna-mother, so I add little else to my drink, but the basic recipe can be used as the base of a cleansing juice with a lot of additions.
Raw Cannabis Juicing Effects
The juice that you produce will have little to no THC, which is the psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant. Instead, it will have THCa which is an acid that may contribute to lowering inflammation as well as boosting your immune system.
We know that the flower from each different cannabis strain has its own unique medicinal qualities. However, we don’t know if the green leaf of these strains also packs a different medicinal punch.
Research into all the benefits that are still unknown will take years and positive data continues to emerge on a weekly basis. Its actually difficult for cannabis news sources to keep on top of all that is happening in this exhilerating field.
This means that you cannot technically get high from cannabis juice, but some very sensitive individuals may feel a sense of euphoria from the trace amount of THC that could be present.
Personally, I feel good when I drink any freshly juiced vegetables and fruits. When I drink cannabis juice however, I go from good to excellent.
What is that extra little “umph!” that cannabis juice packs? Am I just feeling the extraordinary health benefits at work, or is there something more? We will probably find out one day, but in the meantime, enjoy your juice and never throw any part of this plant out again.