Cannabis is taken in different forms all over the world, while being primarily smoked, it is also eaten raw and has been proven to provide incredible health benefits – whilst also being non-psychoactive, therefore more appealing to a wider of range of people.
Marijuana can be described as one of the new range of superfoods, it contains over 400 chemical compounds containing beneficial vitamins, essential oils, and acids. Experts such as Dr. William Courtney have come to call weed a ‘dietary essential’ Marijuana contains extremely high concentrations of cannabinoid acids which it has been discovered are essential for cell function.The two main cannabinoid acids that have been studies so far are THCa and CBDa. If these acids are heated, through smoking, vaping, or cooking cannabis then they begin to break down into different chemicals, they become degraded into psychoactive THC and cannabinoid CBD. This process is called decarboxylation, or “decarbing.” and it describes breaking down the acids into the form in which they become active..While active THC and CBD have their own health benefits, a downside is that the human body can only cope with a certain amount of these activated cannabinoids. Dr. Courtney explains:.“We have a series of cannabis strains called ACDC. ‘AC’ stands for alternative cannabinoid, which is the CBD acid molecule, which has come into focus lately as being very important as an anti-inflammatory. And ‘DC’ stands for dietary cannabis. […] If you do heat it, then your dose is around 10mg. And if you don’t heat it, if it’s raw, then your dose is around one to 1-2,000mg.”.When eaten raw, the body is able to process much larger amounts of THCa and CBDa, and it can then convert these acids into essential nutrients through its metabolism..Cannabinoid acids have been linked to the prevention of chronic diseases. Endocannabinoid deficiencies thought to be linked to illnesses such as:
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome