Given the overlapping demographics of North Americans who love both juicing and marijuana, is it any surprise fresh cannabis juice is supposed to treat conditions ranging from systemic lupus to cancer to asthma to endogenous cannabinoid deficiency disorder?
Here's what you need to know before you incorporate bud into your next green smoothie.
1. It has to be fresh
Like really fresh. Some recommend using cannabis that is picked within three days of being used. "When it comes to juicing, as with any vegetable, the fresher the better," writes Zach Reichard. The dried marijuana you're used to getting from local dispensaries or from a local provider isn't going to cut it in your blender.
2. You'll need to know someone (or grow your own)
Due to the freshness requirement, you might want to endear yourself to a friendly grower willing to part with massive amounts of trim before planning that 30-day cannabis juice fast. Failing that, you may have to consider cultivating your own (warning: mileage may vary). "Obtain cannabis leaves from a legal dispensary in the US," suggests Christina Sarich, "or a foreign source, such as Amsterdam, when you travel."
3. You'll need a lot
Once you've secured the recommended daily dose of 15 leaves and two large raw buds (!) per day, it's suggested you soak the product in water before running it through your wheatgrass juicer. As Dr. Courtney writes, the fact that it doesn't get you high means you can up the dosage and expect more of the benefits. "If you don't heat it, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams [...] a dramatic increase in dose from 10 mg of psychoactive THC to the 500 mg – 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA."
4. Don't expect to get high
Cannabis is recommended to treat a host of medical conditions, but the THCA in marijuana only gets converted to THC when it's exposed to heat (a process also known as decarboxylation). "THCA and CBDA are believed to act as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and neuroprotectants, much like their non-acidic counterparts," writes Dr. William Courtney. Depending on what effect you're after, the lack of psychoactive effects with juicing could double as a reason never to juice your bud.
5. Mix it up
Despite the claims about its health benefits, don't expect to see Bolthouse Farm picking up this one anytime soon - for a variety of reasons. Due to the extreme bitterness of unadulterated ganja juice, pros recommended mixing it with other ingredients - carrot juice being a popular choice - to cut the taste. The juice will keep for a few days in the fridge, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays, wrap it in plastic, and store it in the freezer for several weeks. "A ratio of 1 part cannabis juice to 10 parts carrot juice is a good rule of thumb," writes Reichard.
Still wanna do it? Here's another recipe. Happy juicing!