Nutritional Benefits Of Marijuana
Marijuana ranks as one of the most misunderstood natural occurring products. For a long time, antimarijuana activists labeled the plant as an evil, psychoactive drug with little productive benefits to the body. However, a change in the legalization status of the plant, coupled with scientific research reveals that consuming marijuana might have more benefits than the occasional high.
The truth is, raw marijuana has a high nutrition value. Hemp, for instance, is rich in natural fibers, healthy protein, gluten-free, and an excellent option for vegans. Besides, marijuana has plenty of health benefits including improving cell metabolism, antioxidation properties, and helps in repairing damaged cells.
The article considers some of the nutritional benefits of marijuana. Although research on the herb continues, some of the nutritional benefits are plain to see. For instance, the benefits of cannabis oils and chemicals (such as CBD) present but a small fraction of the immerse benefits marijuana holds.
Let’s take a look
Lots of Essential Nutrients
Consuming plants provides plenty of benefits for the body.(Leafy plants, in particular, are rich in vitamins and minerals which makes them one of the most nutritious foods that anybody can have). Raw marijuana contains plenty of leaves, seeds, and flowers rich in carbohydrates, essential oils, amino acids, and other organic chemicals that can help promote a healthy lifestyle. Unlike other green flowering plants, marijuana also contains terpenes and phytocannabinoids which provide immense benefits to the body.
Smoking marijuana may not necessarily provide individuals with high nutrition value. Dry cannabis loses most of its healthy nutrients to the elements (setting it on fire doesn’t help either).
Besides, there are numerous ways to consume marijuana. Edibles, for instance, are an excellent choice for consuming marijuana products (without the harmful effects of smoking). Some also prefer making Cannabis-infused tea and coffee which are also very healthy.
Another option involves blending raw cannabis leaves to make cannabis Juice. Though the method may not be very common, it is one of the healthiest ways to consume cannabis and reap the most nutrient value from the plant.
Terpenes have plenty of health benefits (source). For instance, they can affect mood, relieve anxiety, offer natural antiinflammatory options, etc. Marijuana is rich in terpenes, which also give the plant its beautiful aroma and taste.
Aromatherapists agree on the importance of terpenes in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that positive aromas help build on immunity, improve body metabolism, improve on other body senses (such as smell, taste), and provide lots of other benefits.
Consuming marijuana products can help add terpenes to your body. For instance, medical marijuana patients can consume foods infused with CBD (which also contain terpenes minus the psychoactive effects associated with its cousin THC).
Examples of terpenes found in marijuana include Caryophyllene, Humulene, Limonene, and Linalool. These terpenes are also present in a variety of other plant products such as oranges, black pepper, beer, etc.
Chlorophyll is a natural pigment that gives plant leaves its distinct green color. Kales, spinach, marijuana, and other examples of green leafy plants are rich in chlorophyll. The pigment has plenty of health benefits including vitamins and minerals.
One can extract chlorophyll from marijuana through blending. The entire process is rather quick and easy. Simply cut a couple of marijuana leaves to manageable sizes, and blend the leaves to produce a green liquid. Some people also combine the blended juice with other fruits such as mangoes and oranges to give it a more manageable taste.
Research indicates that chlorophyll helps in repairing damaged DNA, improving blood oxygenation levels, detoxification, and prevent certain types of cancer (source). However, raw marijuana contains higher levels of pigment when compared to dried cannabis.
Phytocannabinoids are chemical compounds unique to the cannabis plant. Most have disease-fighting capabilities, anti-inflammatory properties, and are well known to researchers. Marijuana contains numerous phytocannabinoids, including the most common THCA and CBDA.
Consuming raw marijuana releases the phytocannabinoids to the body in their inactive state.
Unless carboxylation occurs, one cannot suffer the psychoactive effects associated with the plant. (THCA and CBDA are only converted to THC AND CBD through heat) (Source).
Both are used in the treatment of depression, autism, and some forms of cancers. Although research on the effects of Phytocannabinoids continues, the results achieved so far are but impressive.
Edibles are also an excellent way for individuals to consume cannabis (and the nutritional benefits associated with the product). One has to consider THC to CBD quantities based on the purpose of consuming the product. For instance, if it is for recreational value, a high THC quantity is ideal. However, it is for health or medical reasons, a high CBD quantity would be an ideal option.
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