Last updated: June 3rd, 2016
While smoked or vaporized cannabis can in fact be used as a medicinal therapy, juicing raw cannabis can help prevent health issues from arising altogether.
DO NOT go to your local dispensary, obtain dried cannabis and throw your buds in the juicer thinking your about to make a magic healing potion. Juicing requires raw, freshly-picked and properly grown cannabis rid of any pesticides or other microbiological contaminants. Here are a few key recommendations to consider when juicing raw cannabis:
- When it comes to juicing, as with any vegetable, fresher is better.
- Cannabis that has been dried and prepared for smoking is not suitable for juicing.
- Do not be surprised if your local dispensary does not have a fresh supply of raw cannabis available. Many patients and caregivers are required to grow their own medicine to get access to quality starting material.
- Dr. William Courtney recommends that patients juice 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds per day.
- Raw buds are flowers harvested when the THC glands are clear rather than amber.
- It is recommended that you mix in another vegetable juice to cut the bitterness of the raw cannabis. A popular choice among many medical marijuana patients is carrot juice. A ratio of 1 part cannabis juice to 10 parts carrot juice is a good rule of thumb.
- Split the juice drink into 3 parts and drink with each meal, or store for up to 3 days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
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