Juicing RAW Cannabis – Eating RAW Cannabis?

medicinal cannabis

There’s no shortage of controversy surrounding the use of medical marijuana. Despite the copious amount of scientifically-backed data gathered over decades, if not centuries [1], which show that cannabis has tremendous therapeutic potential, many lawmakers remain hesitant to approve its use. Regardless, a growing number of dedicated researchers continue to investigate new therapeutic applications for juicing or eating raw cannabis.

For some people, it still remains difficult to distinguish between the plant’s therapeutic and recreational uses. Inhaling the plant’s vapors gets you high, even when that isn’t the primary reason why its being consumed.

It’s not just anti-cannabis critics who have a problem with this issue. Many of the people who consume raw cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation have no interest in getting high. For them, the plant is a safe and natural method of relieving constant pain and constant discomfort, and it’s euphoric and thought befuddling qualities are seen as (unwanted) side effects. Research is now showing benefits from eating or juicing raw cannabis.

One term that is regularly used in conjunction with cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the ingredient in marijuana that produces the “high”. Cannabis does contain another beneficial chemical compound called Cannabidiol (CBD) which has been proven medically to help relieve irritation, convulsions, nausea, as well as inhibit cancer cell growth.

Raw cannabis contains THCA and CBDA, ineffective alkaloids. They must be heated to produce THC and CBD, which in turn produces the “high.” This is the reason for smoking or vaporizing. By eating or juicing raw cannabis in its natural state, there is no “high” to speak of. Drinking fresh-squeezed cannabis juice (similar to wheat grass juice) or eating raw cannabis as a leafy green vegetable is fast becoming a preferred means of consumption for individuals in search health benefits without losing their heads in the clouds.

I personally have not tried this but please let me know your thoughts on this as it is a very interesting topic gaining popularity for a wide variety of health giving properties.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

6/19/12 Follow up from Dr. G:

I would like to share with everyone an interesting and informative message I received from Jeffrey C. Raber, Ph.D. (thewercshop.com). Please read below:

When you consume “raw” cannabis, that is cannabis which has not been heated, you are consuming the cannabinoid acids. THCA and/or CBDA. If you have a strain that is dominant in CBD, then the raw form is delivering CBDA. If you have a high THC strain, then this raw form will deliver THCA. Look up tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, or cannabidiolic acid. Those are the A forms of the molecules you are consuming.

Almost all varieties today contain large amounts of THCA which when heated provides THC. By volume (it is reported by weight actually), there is next to no CBDA or CBD in virtually all of the strains currently available. NOT ALL STRAINS ARE THE SAME! EVEN THE SAME NAMES ARE MOST OFTEN NOT THE SAME (mis-named, different grower = different method = different end product)! Over-generalization of this marvelous plant is what is diminishing its stock and ruining the value it has to offer. We’ve done thousands of strain tests and have in-house expertise directly from The Netherlands, we are the most informed laboratory of professional scientists in the US, you can rest assured my comments are correct.

Only about 2% of the strain products available today have CBD above 1 wt% in them. It is RARE! And most likely almost none of it exists in non-medical states today.

Juicing is working because it provides the cannabinoid acids, which are potent compounds that help regulate the endocannabinoid system in ways not fully understood just yet. When you juice properly, you consume almost no THC or CBD, it is all THCA and CBDA! That is why you don’t receive any psychoactive effects. Juicing improperly may lead to heating the solution and causing THC to form. The only way to know exactly what you have, strain or juice wise, is to have it tested by a reliable and accurate lab (and not all of the “labs” today operate in that faction either unfortunately).

Only through accurate information dissemination, more thorough understanding and improved patient care will we be able to fully free this marvelous plant! We all have to do our part! Dr. Courtney, who we maintain an excellent relationship with, is a true pioneer in the fashion and we should all aim to support him and his efforts in every way we can. Let’s be sure to get the right information out there to everyone!


  1. Duncan Campbell. Jesus ‘healed using cannabis’. The Guardian. 2003 January 6.

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  • draisydre

    How much do you eat to experience benefits?

  • draisydre

    How much does this cost on a monthly basis?

  • Bob

    If I plant the hemp seeds you get from stop and shop and only eat the leaves raw could I get in trouble with the law in any way in NY

  • disqus_DFnvCRTlP9

    there’s probably a way to produce cannabis essential oils. considering the powerful effects that jesus was having with annointing his disciples with cannabis-laden oils, he probably was using a cannabis concentrate such as essential oils. such a powerful effect would be impossible to achieve with the low THC CBD marijuana strains available on the market today.

  • disqus_DFnvCRTlP9

    Considering the power-that-be’s depopulation agenda, that’s precisely the point that cannabis has health benefits. the power-that-be’s don’t want want you to have any benefits, health or otherwise from anything, including cannabis. the power-that-be’s know full well that cannabis has health (and spiritual) benefits. they knew it from a long time ago and worked hard to witĥold this knowledge. Now, it’s in our hands. now that the ‘cat is out of the bag”, let’s not let the power-that-be’s put it back in.

  • disqus_DFnvCRTlP9

    There is iced tea on the market. why not iced cannabis tea?

  • Flwrgirl

    I hope and pray that Americans can get over medias harping on only the bad of Pot…Just keep passing the word!!

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  • JoanneMcDermitt

    How can I find a source to purchase raw cannabis? I live in CO, so it’s legal here. I want the high CBD plant…

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    If you’re in Colorado it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

  • michigander

    Hi everyone, I suffer from stenosis of the spine which is very painful as well as panic disorder. I have tried many different pharmaceuticals that have horrible side effects. I decided to turn to raw cannabis and I am amazed by the benefits I received from it. Not only did it take the pain away it also stopped my panic attacks, gave me energy and no euphoric high. I was able to get off the couch and enter a social environment.
    I love to work hard and raw cannabis helps me to achieve this. Unfortunately there is still discrimination in the work place as well as insurance companies. This needs to stop!!!!!

  • Matt Matt

    body temp is not even close to hot enough to decarb even a little bit. Tests on the matter have shown that THCA does not decarb in the body, through heat or any other means. Some gradual decarb does occur very slowly at room temp and increases with increased heat but to decarb with in an hour or two you would need temps above 106c

  • Matt Matt

    raw THCA does not get you high but some small gradual decarb does occur at room temp so eating unheated bud, especially dried cannabis, would get you high if you ate enough, but nothing like if you’d heated it to convert all THCA to THC

  • Matt Matt

    actually decarb does occur at lower temps and dried or cured cannabis will contain some active THC. Heat of above 200F is for rapid decarb (with in an hour or two) so is necessary if you wish to decarb all THCA to THC. But if you want to avoid any decarb then you need to avoid any heat or even drying the cannabis. Also dehydrators can also decarb cannabis even with out the appropriate heat.

  • Matt Matt

    Except it is wrong. The resin Mark refers to is mostly THCA which does NOT get you high (though some small traces of THC might be present). People might get high eating hash if they eat enough of it because some of the THCA does decarb and convert to THC at room temp, but the vast majority of it will be THCA and WILL require heat to decarb it all into THCA. If you cook hash and convert all the THCA into THC then you have something that is psychoactive at much smaller doses. Also CBN is not produced by the plant. THCA converts to THC and then THC will degrade and become CBN

  • Matt Matt

    some decarboxylation does occur at temps as low as room temp, and if the weed was dry there’s a good chance a lot of the raw THCA had converted to THC. THCA really doesn’t get you high, but even drying cannabis can cause small amount of decarboxylation. Long story short, you’d have probably gotten higher if you’d heated it

  • Adam William Majkowski


  • Matt Matt

    Wow, what an articulate response. But I am not wrong. THCA does not decarb in the body, they have done tests on this, it also doesn’t pass the blood brain barrier or activate CB1 or CB2 receptors and it does NOT get you high. If you got high eating raw cannabis then it must have had some decarbed THC in it (which is quite possible as some decarb does occur at room temp). Check your facts

  • Adam William Majkowski

    My facts have been checked, Skip. Unlike you, who have to rely on the all encompassing “they” to hand feed you your research data, I have actaully done the experiments myself. 98.6 degrees is not optimal for releasing THC but it will release some very slowly. As you digest it, you do get all the benefits at a much lessened effect compared to cooking it at high temps first and eating or smoking it. Airizer Solo makes a vaporizer that goes as low as 105 degrees. What would the point of making that if it did not do anything? The point is to buy the most potent buds possible and then you need very little to use in whatever way you decide to use it. As opposed to the strategy with this Charlotte’s web crap. Charlotte’s Web is just crap weed. People will eventually realize that the best high THC weed will completely eliminate epilepsy compared to crappy weed oil. People need to get over the fact that there is nothing wrong with getting high. There is stuff wrong with being in pain.

  • Matt Matt

    Ok, first of all are you talking in Celsius or Farenhiet (excuse spelling)?? Because 90c is enough to cause some decarb, as is 80c, and 105 is the starting temp for optimal and rapid decarb. However body temp (in Celsius) is 37. So no where near the decarbing temps. Have you heated cannabis oil at 80c and then tested the rates to check how much decarb is achieved at such a temp? I’d be interested to know the results as there is little info on decarb at low temps, and you are right about one thing, I don’t have lab access so I do rely on research. Even in Celsius 105 is not hot enough to vaporise cannabis so honestly don’t know why there is a vaporiser that goes to such a low temp, it would decarb it though. If you are talking in Celsius then I agree that 98 would cause decarb, despite being below optimum temps, as would 80c even 70c, though I would expect full decarb to take a long time at such low temps. From what I understand to decarb fully with in an hour you need minimum 105 Celsius (220F), less temp or less time would cause partial decarb but likely would not complete it.
    Like I said body temp is far to low for any kind of measurable decarb and I am certain on this. I have experienced eating raw oils that had no psychoactive effect and partially cooked oils that did but were weaker than fully cooked oils. I have read various clinical studies that have explored weather THCA converts to THC in the body and all tests have shown conclusively that it doesn’t. THCA is very different to THC when it comes to effects in the body and if any decarb occurs in vivo it has yet to be observed.
    I do agree with you about Charlotte’s Web and I do agree that THC is the most effective cannabinoid. I do agree with your attitude to getting high and I do agree that CBD is near useless with out THC also present. But I don’t agree that raw THCA is as effective as decarbed THC and, despite a lack of lab access, I am confident I am right about that. Though am happy to be educated on the matter if you know different.
    It is pretty well established that THCA does not pass the blood brain barrier (so cannot get you high) and doesn’t appear to activate either CB1 or CB2 receptors. So raw THCA cannot be expected to give the same medical benefits as THC and definitely is not psychoactive.

  • Adam William Majkowski

    Remember it is barely any effect comapred to smoking it so you will need to stop smoking any weed at all for a few weeks before conducting this experiment. Kay. ReadysetGO! Skippy!!!!

  • Adam William Majkowski

    and I never said it was as effective. It WILL get a person high eating raw cannabis if it is good buds and they never smoke it or eat infused products.

  • Matt Matt

    And I never said you can’t get high from eating raw bud. I said that THCA does not get you high. If you get high from eating raw cannabis it is because some of the THCA has converted to THC, which happens very gradually at low temps. That’s why it is not as strong because most of the THCA hasn’t decarbed but some has, enough to get you high but not as high as it would if you’d cooked it properly first.
    You mentioned that you have access to testing facilities, have you tested cannabis heated at the temps you mentioned to see how much, if any, decarb is achieved? Are the temps you mentioned Celsius or Farenheit?
    I think you need to accept that your original comment is wrong, research can only get you so far but I have done enough to know what I have said is true. THCA does not decarb in the body, THCA does not get you high and THCA does not share the medical properties of THC or the psychoactive effects.
    As for decarbing temps, it is hard for me to argue as you still haven’t clarified if you are talking Celsius or Farenhiet but the 37c body temp is WAY below, and tests have shown that decarb does not happen in the body through any other means either. Partial decarb occurs as low as 70c but 105c is considered minimum for rapid decarb (with in an hour).
    You said you’ve done the experiments, do you mean lab tests or are you just talking about eating some raw bud and waiting to see if you got high. Coz I have already explained how raw bud that has been properly dried will probably have some decarbed THC on it. With respect, if you are gonna boast about conducting experiments I would expect actual lab tests, or at least something a bit more scientific that I ate some bud and got a little high. Because that proves nothing except what I was saying from the beginning, that THCA doesn’t get you high but some conversion to THC will occur at low temps so if you eat enough raw bud you would get some high effect.
    If you are talking about actually lab testing cannabis heated at different times and temps, then please share your findings. I would be very interested to know how much partial decarb is achieved at temps below optimum. You mentioned 80 degrees, I assume you must have meant Celsius as 80F is way too low. But 80 degrees Celsius is still too low for rapid decarb and would likely take many hours to complete full decarb.
    Like I said if you have proper information to share I am all ears, but so far nothing you have said backs up your claim that I am “wrong”, in fact most of what you said only supports what I have said

  • Adam William Majkowski

    There is nothing wrong about my original comment. You just a weirdo stalker looking at old comments from me and trying to hassle me over nonsense. Or you are some kind or stalker cop type trying to get me to incriminate myself somehow but there is nothing to incriminate here. Your body is a lab, dishit. Your freakin body. Use it and stop spamming me.

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  • Kjell-Gunnar Rovland.

    I ` dont think so.I believe it was just legalized in NY.Congratulations from Norway (still in the dark)

  • White_Widow_2007

    Been consuming raw cannabis juice for over 2 years now. Broke my leg in February, healed in 5-1/2 weeks! Not to bad for a gal in her 50’s! No pain meds needed either! Just some tincture to ease the discomfort!

  • Sharrise

    I use about a quarter of an ice cube per day, mixed with Bolthouse Amazing Mango juice.

  • Dude

    Did you have any kind of protocol for doing this? I was thinking of trying the same thing

  • blite13 .

    helped me too…rso

  • blite13 .

    Awesome comment

  • Guy Odom

    ” the plant has to be preserved to its most natural form”

    Says Who ???

  • Tom Ubl

    says me

  • Guy Odom

    Oh, WELL, in THAT case….

  • Tom Ubl

    lol, easy tiger! Preserving the natural state means: not distorting the species with crazy blurring with hybrids. few know that a 3rd strain, other than sativa and indica, has almost been eliminated due to the pot heads looking for a faster flower time and not preserving the source strain. you cannot find seed for it now.

  • Tom Ubl

    he was a pioneer that deserves recognition. his extraction process uses naptha, not a good choice, everclear is cleaner, but even past all of the alcohol or petroleum based extractions is supercritical fluid extraction, which is the cleanest extraction on the planet. rick brought to light the issue and solution, he stood his ground for others and I will never lose sight of that fact. However, holding onto old technology for the sake of paying homage is not valid. If you want to thank rick for being a pioneer then make a contribution or do something nice for the guy, but do not lose sight of the process evolution.

  • pamela

    When I found out that I had cancer, I decided that I was going to make cancer the best thing that ever happened to me, not the worst. At 39 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. I’d been told the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes and bloodstream, and I had a 49 percent survival rate. I was not about to accept those odds!
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  • Kingston

    Maybe try freezing the leaves and save them for winter instead of dehydrating?

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  • enailo

    what do you mean ‘activate’ the leaf at 200? i’m not familiar with this.

  • Weaver

    We purchased capsules with raw dried cannabis from a reputable dispensary in Sacramento to treat chronic severe nausea in my 15 y.o. son. Dosage was a single capsule, I don’t know the quantity. He experienced a powerful high and increased nausea which lasted about 18 hours. I then took a single capsule as I was not sure if he was experiencing a high or some other side effect (he had never used cannabis previously. I, too, experienced a very powerful high that lasted 20 hours. Symptoms included disjointed thinking, inability to focus, warped sense of time, disorientation, and dizziness. If THC-A is non psychoactive, how did this occur?

  • weaver

    I added this comment above and think that it is appropriate for this discussion, too.
    We purchased capsules with raw dried cannabis from a reputable dispensary in Sacramento to treat chronic severe nausea in my 15 y.o. son. Dosage was a single capsule, I don’t know the quantity. He experienced a powerful high and increased nausea which lasted about 18 hours. I then took a single capsule as I was not sure if he was experiencing a high or some other side effect (he had never used cannabis previously. I, too, experienced a very powerful high that lasted 20 hours. Symptoms included disjointed thinking, inability to focus, warped sense of time, disorientation, and dizziness. If THC-A is non psychoactive, how did this occur? BTW, the dispensary double checked that the cannabis used was raw and fresh.

  • Matt Matt

    Decarboxylation (conversion of THCA to THC) does occur during the drying process, though usually only partially and requires cooking to finish off this process and convert all the THCA to THC.
    So if the cannabis used was dried out thoroughly then decarboxylation would have occurred even with out additional cooking.
    Basically what I am saying is that the THCA would not have caused the high but there may have been enough THC present to cause the high.
    When you say that the dispensary double checked that the cannabis was raw and fresh, what do you mean exactly? Are they saying that it was tested to check that all cannabinoids were present in their raw acidic state or just that it hadn’t been cooked. If it is dry then decarboxylation will have partially occurred, it may even be fully completed if it is very dry. Dispensaries should know all this so should be advising you that dry cannabis may have significant THC content.
    If you want to be sure cannabis is raw and only consisting of raw cannabinoid acids with not decarboxylated THC then you need to consume it fresh and raw with out any drying. This is why juicing is ideal for consuming raw only. You can cold extract oils, or just eat fresh cannabis, but if it has been dried at all then there might be some THC present.
    A lot of people will cold extract cannabis from plant material that has only been slightly dried. Such extracts are still mostly raw THCA but will have some small percentage of decarboxylated THC present. In which case you should be able to take a fair bit with out high but unless it is completely raw and has no THC present then to a certain quantity a high will be experienced.

  • domhealer

    if you get hemp has hi concertation of CBD, you also you can by online and you can by tea leaves works well, more people need to learn and expand and screw the goverment, they only want to kill us not take care of us. oh i work for large pharmacetical and they cure nothing only subdude illnesses, and put a bunch of chemicals in your body, go natural way with body and mined healing.





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