Four states in the U.S. now have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and around a dozen have laws allowing it for medical purposes. So, for the first time, people are juicing the stuff and there has been some really surprising results. All you need to do is get some cannabis and add it to your juicer or blender.
If you don’t want to get high from the marijuana, juicing is the perfect way to do it. It doesn’t give you the high that smoking marijuana does because the THC requires heat to be psychoactive. There are some pretty amazing benefits to ingesting cannabis in this form though. Here are four surprising benefits.
Benefit #1: Prevention
The most powerful benefit of juicing raw cannabis is preventative medicine. Some doctors have even gone so far to call it the most powerful vegetable on earth, because it gives a major boost to your immune system, improves brain function, is an anti-inflammatory and helps with bone health as well.
Of course, cannabis is often prescribed to patients that have cancer and the reason behind it is the way that cannabis stops cancer cell growth. There are many more health-related benefits as well.
When you smoke marijuana, you only get about 1% of the good health that cannabis provides and juicing it gives you that other 99% because you are able to tolerate much larger doses.
Benefit #2: The Antioxidant Properties of Cannabis
Cannabis also has antioxidant properties, which means that it prevents the oxidation of molecules in the body. Antioxidants are extremely powerful and we usually get them in fruits and veggies.
The oxidation of molecules and cells is one of the things that can cause cancer and other health problems. What the antioxidants do is fight the free radicals which can cause health problems.
Most of the time we have far fewer antioxidants in the body than free radicals, which makes the need to get them from any possible source quite clear.
Benefit #3: Boosting Your Metabolism
Cannabis has also been shown to boost metabolism when it is given in the high doses that are necessary for the antioxidants and other benefits.
When the plant is heated (when you smoke it) your maximum daily dose is 10 milligrams. If you don’t heat it up you can get up to 600 milligrams. So by adding it to your diet, you can get the amount that will give you a metabolism boost and that can help with weight loss and other health issues.
Benefit #4: Improving Communication with Nerve Cells
Juicing cannabis also has the benefit of restoring two-way communication in nerve cells. When communication only goes one way, it results in inflammation.
When you ingest the cannabinoids that are in marijuana, you see a reduction of inflammation, but even more than that, you are able to prevent the problem in the first place by making sure that communication lines stay open. That’s precisely what these cannabinoids do.
DISCLAIMER: This article is only intended as an FYI and we do not encourage taking marijuana, especially if you're in areas where it's illegal.
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Sources: MedicalJane.com | AlterNet.org
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