Juicing RAW Cannabis – Eating RAW Cannabis?

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on November 24, 2015

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.

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.
  • Jimmy

    Through the up-regulation of the cannabinoid receptors, acidic (raw) cannabinoids will enhance the efficiency of the EC system. Not only will this result in a better baseline of health, but this will lower the required dosage for neutral (active) cannabinoids , due to the more ‘awakened’ receptor sites.

  • Hope

    Hi I know most of the comments on this site are from 2012,but I have to share my experience. I live with severe pain ,I had 2 brain surgeries,and seizures.

    We are at the point to try anything. Someone gave me a vapor pen supposed to have been Charllets web .. This was truly a good source, which I am sure believed this would help.

    I smoke the vapor pen ,I took at least 6 puffs right away .Not expecting what was coming. I was in complete terror , I was extremely Hi .It felt like if I was on acid .. The worst part is that my kids where home when they saw this panic.There used to through out the years see there mom be taken by rescue,going to the hospital countless times .. For them it was one of those days where mommy had an allergic reaction. This was a horrible experience!
    I dont recommend to anyone to smoke any type of MMJ ..For those who are really sick ,Raw MMJ ,juicing it and eating it is the only way to go. ITS NOT LEGAL IN MY STATE .I only here people say ,there have moved for there kids ,but no one talks anout the adults suffering, and taking countless medication. Shorting there lifes b, because of the sever effects it does to the body ..I cant wait to move and finally start a new chapter in my life ,where I am healthy againg !
    May God lead the way to making this come true.

  • SilentJ

    What is the big deal with the controversy. You know that alcohol is just for getting high and is detrimental to your health, but Cannabis has potential health benefits and if you want to relax without all of the negative side effects then Cannabis could be for you. Besides, not everyone can drink alcohol and not everyone wants to drink alcohol, so they should have another option. The high that I experienced from eating it raw wasn’t an intoxicated sloppy high, but rather a very optimistic attitude with no intoxicated feelings. Of course that all depends on how much you eat. I only ate a gram or two in one day.
    Also, most people choose to smoke it because they are uneducated about it and it is also to expensive. If it became inexpensive then I think people will be open to a new method of taking it for health reasons.

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  • Richard Finkel

    O yea, we basically ARE free to use cannabis if done discretely. These days you have to be REALLY careless to find yourself facing cannabis charges! Cops seem uninterested in busting people for simple possession of something that will be legal in a matter of months.

    The REAL question is how long will the US Federal Government sit back and let Mexican Murdering drug cartels make the BILLIONS each MONTH that gets spent on weed here in the US? The DEA is still squandering a fortune in money and man power fighting cannabis, when they could be attacking meth labs and focusing on violent crime and terrorism.

    We are at the tipping point RIGHT NOW! Any moment, our Gov will realize that the black hole that is ‘The Drug War’ could be turned into a profit center that will rival the billions that taxes on cigs and booze bring in! Don’t worry folks, NEVER underestimate our government’s GREED! It will win out….. EVENTUALLY.

  • Karl Miller

    I want my Cannabis Cocoa Puffs CBD cereal….I hope they come out with it in the future….

  • atrutherproudofitiknowtruth

    I come from the CAMP! Where mom commanded….”What does it matter what it tastes like? Eat it! Its good for you!”
    So I do and have for most all my 58 years…..garlic, onions, kale, collards, fruits and all veggies every every day. And for the last 10 years I just take a bud and chew it up till its gone in my mouth. Down the hatch!
    Will check back later for commentary as to how efficient my decades long dietary regime IS? Not sure really but will continue until I leave this world….And it works for me!?
    AND….EAT IT!
    ITS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!

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  • Rose

    I took a tiny piece, the size of my pinky nail, from a strain called “Gods Gift.” I ate it.
    I started feeling strange sensations. My scalp getting hot.
    So, I went to sleep and had very vivid dreams.
    I could hear someone, a man, yelling that they needed someone to get them out because they were locked inside somewhere. It was disturbing.
    I don’t like it at all.
    I have bad experiences even with the smallest quantity.
    That was 2 hours ago. Now I’m restless.
    On the other hand, my friend who was diagnosed, schizoaffective and has myclonic silent seizures, acts like a normal person when he is smoking it. He usually rages if he doesn’t smoke it.
    Maybe it is just medicine, and some people don’t need it. Like I don’t need his psych meds either, but they work for him.

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  • Amy Unruh

    Everything I’m reading shows that CBD does not cause a high. That’s why it is legal to purchase online and legal to use.

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  • Terry Shaw

    This is my main method of taking my M.M.

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