Cannabis Juice Recipes

Cannabis Juice Recipes: 3 Marijuana Drink Recipes to Quench Your Thirst

What if we were to tell you that you can get more benefits from cannabis than what joints and edibles deliver? Did you know that you can juice raw cannabis leaves and flower? Juicing fresh cannabis leaves might not get you high, but it does give you access to a host of rare cannabinoids. These raw cannabinoids, like THCA, CBDA, CBGA, have unique therapeutic value but only exist in the fresh plant material. Even if you buy marijuana online, you might not get these valuable compounds.

These rare cannabinoids naturally occur in cannabis plants but are heat sensitive. When you dry, smoke, vape, or bake cannabis flower, they transform into the cannabinoids we all know and love – like THC and CBD. To access these exotic cannabinoids, you need access to fresh flowers, leaves, and trim— and you may need a juicer.

The Basics of Cannabis Juice

Dried cannabis bud has a much lower moisture content than fresh flower. The flower you typically get through an online dispensary will come perfectly cured for long term storage, potency and flavour. But if you want to juice it, this dried bud isn’t going to be very useful.

Cannabis juice requires access to fresh plant material, recently harvested and raw. While you can technically juice the entire plant, including the flower, you’ll probably want the sugar and fan leaves for juicing. This is good news because you can harvest fan leaves during the vegetative pruning stage or immediately after harvest, without eating into your final yields.

Where can you access fresh weed? The easiest access, of course, is if you grow cannabis at home. A secondary option is to find a friend or other local grower who is happy to share their clippings and fan leaves with you.

The Benefits of Juicing Cannabis

You can smoke weed all day long and miss out on the medicinal powers of the lesser-known cannabinoids. As stated, some cannabinoids like THCa and CBDa may exist in the raw plant material but generally don’t survive exposure to heat, which is the power of juicing. Juicing preserves these sensitive compounds by using fresh material and serving cold.

According to Doctor William L. Courtney, an American physician working with holistic approaches to medicine, cannabis juicing gives you access to massive doses of cannabinoids – without the high. As he explained in a recent interview, raw cannabis juice is 60 times more potent in cannabinoids than what you could handle in the dried or extracted form.

If you can handle 10 mg of THC, you can handle up to 600 mg of the acidic cannabinoids available in fresh flower. Why? The acidic cannabinoids, like THCA, CBDA, CBGA, are non-psychoactive. They do not bind with cannabinoid receptors and, therefore, do not trigger a high. Of course, if you want to get high, thats when you buy marijuana online.

These cannabinoids are lesser understood than either THC or CBD, but they still work within the endocannabinoid system. Many provide synergistic benefits when combined with other cannabinoids to reduce inflammation, improve pain, soothe mood and more.

Tips for Juicing Cannabis

Organic Ingredients:

Juicing is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. But, increasing your consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, and raw cannabis can also increase your exposure to lingering pesticides, fungicides, and cultivation chemicals. In particular, the cannabis industry has a habit for using harsh chemicals during the growth. It’s why it’s so important to find reputable online dispensaries to buy marijuana online from. It’s also why sourcing organic leaves is crucial when juicing.

Any lingering contaminants within (or on) the raw cannabis leaves will inevitably end up in your juice. Organic is best if you can find it. Or if you are growing the plants yourself, ensure a full nutrient flush a few weeks before harvest.

Get the Right Juicer:

Did you know that not all juicers are suitable for extracting liquids from leafy vegetables, including from weed? You’ll have to invest in a juicer that works with leafy greens, which generally means a pricer model. All the heavy-hitting juicer brands, like Breville and Omega, make several leafy green options. These often use a combination of maceration and spinning technology to get every drop of juice from spinach, kale and other greens like cannabis

Substitutions Are Always Okay

Don’t have any fan leaves, but have a few fresh (not-dried) buds? That works too! Any part of the cannabis plant, besides the woody stems and branches, will work in cannabis juice. If you want to save your fresh buds for juicing instead of smoking, you can put them into the freezer. Marijuana flowers contain far higher concentrations of the beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids than the leaves, so you’ll only need a few for a glass of juice.

The Basics: Green Juice

Ingredients:

5 handfuls of spinach

3 kale leaves

7 cannabis fan leaves

½ cucumber

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 apple or pear

Directions:

  1. Chop up cucumber and apple (or pear) so that it will fit into the feeder of your juicer.
  2. Combine all ingredients into your juicer.
  3. Pour into a tall glass, serve with a straw if desired.

Liven it Up: Red and Green Cannabis Juice

Ingredients:

2-3 medium beets

6 carrots

2 medium apples (or pears)

1/2 lemon

5 cannabis fan leaves (or two fresh flowers)

1-2 inch ginger

Directions:

  1. Chop up cucumber and apple (or pear) so that it will fit into the feeder of your juicer.
  2. Combine all ingredients into your juicer.
  3. Pour into a tall glass, serve with a straw if desired.

Bright and Bushy Tailed: Orange and Ginger Cannabis Dream

Ingredients:

2 medium apples (or pears)

5 carrots

1/2 inch fresh ginger

1 inch fresh turmeric root

5 cannabis fan leaves (or two fresh flowers)

3 tablespoons Lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Chop up cucumber and apple (or pear) so that it will fit into the feeder of your juicer.
  2. Combine all ingredients into your juicer.
  3. Pour into a tall glass, serve with a straw if desired.

Juice Cannabis for a New Approach to Medicine

Working with raw marijuana flower and leaf is an exciting new way to extract the medicinal properties out of this fantastic plant. There will always be a time and a place for smoking, vaping, and delicious edibles, but we can also appreciate the new exciting benefits promised by fresh cannabis juice. So after you buy weed online, try your hand at a new kind of cannabis experience – juicing.

If you grow your own plants or have a helpful friend, why not put the leaves and trim to good use? Throw a handful into your next batch of fresh juice for an added kick. On top of all the other benefits of juicing, you’ll also get a big dose of THCa, CBDa, and CGB — cannabinoids you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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