Contrary to popular opinion, raw cannabis has recently been shown to be effective in Crohn’s, nausea, uncontrolled vomiting, insulin issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, racing heart, and anxiety. Everyone that’s familiar with marijuana knows that it needs to heat up before the herb’s ingredients deliver its profound recreational and medicinal effects. People believed that cannabis’s medicinal properties were as nil as the ones of lettuce. Now, researchers are learning differently.
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Juicing Cannabis– The Best Way to Medicate?
- CBDA and THCA in juice can be absorbed easily.
- Juicing can be taken in higher doses in comparison to other methods.
- Juicing delivers cannabinoids that can be easily absorbed.
- All family members can enjoy it together without the worry of being high.
- Find your favorite medicine, blend with vegetables or even fruit juices.
- Every strain has a specific dose fitted to individual needs.
- Raw juice can be used together with edibles or smoking as a secondary.
- Raw cannabis has benefits for GI conditions
- The alkaline base of the juice balances the user’s acidic pH.
The research on raw cannabis is still at its infantile stage. However, there is evidence suggesting the presence of anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, disease prevention, and cancer-fighting properties in THCA and CBDA.
The Cannabis Science
Before heating, the two main medicinal ingredients, THCA and CBDA exist naturally in an acid form. The aforementioned cannabinoids are bound to the nucleus via carboxylic bonds.
The bonds break easily when heated as they are weak. The burnt part leaves via the chimney in the form of carbon dioxide, while the remaining molecules get left behind. This heating or combustion process is called decarboxylation. This process results in THC and CBD without the A, which stands for ‘acid’. In the past, it was assumed that the acidic forms of the cannabinoids were not reactive and therefore of not much medicinal benefit.
But, further studies were able to demonstrate their medicinal benefit. Recent clinical studies suggest that unheated cannabinoids might be superior – for some conditions and symptoms, to their decarboxylated (heated) analogs.
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The Benefits of Raw Cannabinoids
In the past, raw cannabinoids were scantily researched and poorly understood. The scientists had it figured (wrongly) that digestion of cannabinoids in the stomach and intestines would render them inert, or inactive. Now it’s known that eating raw cannabinoids can have profound therapeutic effects – for selected conditions. Fortunately, over the last decade, researchers have put a little more effort into the therapeutic benefits of the parent molecules, THCA, and CBDA.
In vitro (controlled experiments), human and animal research studies showed that THCA and CBDA have a measurable action on enzymes and receptor sites, which means they have potential therapeutic action. Human receptors, found in the cell membranes are modulated by the body’s own signaling chemicals.
These signaling compounds are called endocannabinoids, which play a vital role in controlling how you feel, control appetite, the immune system, virtually every bodily function. While we’re rapidly learning a lot, it is not understood fully, how THC, CBD controls or modulate the body’s receptors but we’re learning a lot rapidly. In fact, there is the debate about the existence of at least one new receptor type.
Researchers have demonstrated the therapeutic action of raw cannabinoids in a number of conditions.
To wrap up, raw acidic cannabis can control immune, circulatory response, and sugar metabolism, but has no psychoactive properties:
- Anti-inflammatory – immune system tonic
- Anti-diabetic – balance insulin
- Anti-ischemic – high blood pressure
Raw Cannabis – Scientific Highlights and Take-Aways
- Raw cannabis can’t get you high. Research states that human metabolism cannot convert the acidic form of THC into the psychoactive form, thereby only producing metabolites of THCA.
- Smoking cannabis results in 30% of THCA being converted to THC (the active form). In the case of vaping, cooking or heated solvent there is a yield of approximately 80% conversion to the psychoactive component.
- CBD and THC consumed from a cold extract is readily absorbed and last longer in the bloodstream as compared to smoking.
- Research also states that THCA and CBDA provide significant anti-nausea and anti-vomiting effects when taken separately.
- THC (psychoactive) reacts with the CB1 cannabinoid receptor. THCA in raw cannabis apparently mediates serotonin receptors rather than the CB1 receptor and appears to exert its own anti-nausea is an entirely different way than THC (heated cannabis).
- CBDA (raw cannabis) reduced both toxin and motion-induced nausea and vomiting in rats, via the serotonin receptor. CBD (heated cannabis) alone reacts with an entire receptor – CB2 – to produce its medicinal effects.
- CBDA was shown to be more potent than CBD in its serotonin-receptor-mediated effects.
- CBDA and THCA have been shown in vitro to block, in varying degrees, mediators of inflammation and related pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, and diclofenac all work via the same route of action.
- COOH in Raw Cannabis Cannabinoids is key to the difference in action. Experiments imply that the carboxylic molecule (COOH) of CBDA and THCA, is probably the reason they work well with the serotonin receptor mechanism rather than the psycho activating CB receptors.
- CBDA and THCA are most easily extracted with a much higher percentage of the carboxylic acid cannabinoids via cold-process extracts of the fresh plant.
- Raw Cannabis extracts should be stored in a cool, dark place to preserve its unique characteristics, and should be ingested rather than smoked if the psychoactive effects produced by THC are to be avoided.
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