Want to know how to juice raw cannabis? Juicing is simple: pick your fruit and vegetables, add water and toss in the juicer or Vitamix. Make a juice, drink a juice! Juicing raw cannabis is simple, though not as straightforward for many people. Learning how to juice cannabis effectively requires a reliable and steady source of raw cannabis leaves. If finding raw cannabis leaves isn’t an issue, preventing them from drying out can be. Try blending the leaves into ice cubes to use in a frozen smoothie in the future if you are using fresh leaves! The cannabis you purchase at a dispensary is not raw, it is dried, though it is fresh and has not yet been decarboxylated, or ‘heat activated’.

Why Should I Know How to Juice Raw Cannabis?

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Raw cannabis smoothies won’t get you high! Perfect to start your day with!

Before we get started, you should know: Juicing cannabis will not get you high. There are no psychoactive effects to someone consuming raw cannabis. (About 1/1000 people report psychoactive effects after juicing raw cannabis.)

The medical field is only now discovering what cannabis can really do for the community, and so many cannabis consumers are committing to a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, there are people in the community who are unwell and are now looking to cannabis for health and wellness, not just for a high. They do not know how to juice cannabis, but it could certainly help them. Juicing cannabis is brilliant really: treating marijuana as a vegetable is a new way to look at a very old plant that’s greatly stigmatized. Juicing raw cannabis can help those suffering from pain, difficulty eating and a range of other ailments.

Mary’s Good Greens

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Mary’s Medicinals juicing alternative is a simple way to add raw cannabis to your diet.

Mary’s Good Green juicing alternative is a powder drink mix that mixes with water. It combines THCa and CBDa (raw cannabinoids) with a bunch of fruit, vegetables, and other plant nutrients. Good Greens supplies the body with raw cannabis, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are targeted towards “immune and digestive health, increase energy, aid in the treatment and prevention of cancer, and promote heart health.”

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“As more people begin to understand the health and wellness benefits of cannabis, there is growing demand for easier ways to consume the beneficial components of the plant,” said Nicole Smith, founder & CEO of Mary’s Medicinals. “Many patients are finding amazing results from juicing raw cannabis leaves. However, most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have regular access to substantial quantities of live plants. Our new approach will make it much easier for anyone to conveniently consume their cannabinoids, ‘daily greens’ and protein.”

Mary’s Medicinals have refined the process of encapsulating and preserving fresh raw cannabis material while ensuring it remains stable and nutritional on the shelf. The raw cannabis is mixed with hemp flour and a bunch of plant-based nutrients, and unlike raw cannabis, can be stored for extended periods of time.

The Cannabinoids: THCa and CBDa

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Raw cannabis can be difficult to keep on hand at home, but there are alternatives on the market.

THCa is reported to assist in neuropathy, arthritis, endometriosis and menstrual cramps. It can energize users, and offers anti-proliferative, anti-epileptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Unlike THC, which most people are familiar with, THCa is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid. This means it will not provide users with a ‘high’. THCa is found in raw cannabis. As raw and fresh marijuana dries, the THCa converts to THC.

CBDa is anti-bacterial, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative. It is another non-psychotropic cannabinoid and is a precursor to CBD, another well-known cannabinoid. Some CBD strains such as ACDC have potentially higher levels of CBDa than THCa. Just as with THCa converting to THC, CBDa converts to CBD under heat or decarboxylation.

The ‘Juicing Alternative’ Review

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I juice regularly using kale, spinach, other greens, grapefruit, orange, berries, pineapple, peach, watermelon, passionfruit, lemon, and lime. I put weird things in my juice too, like wheatgrass or hemp. I’m also one of those freaks who just doesn’t like breakfast, no matter how hard I try. A juicing alternative suits my lifestyle perfectly! This morning, I changed up my routine and I sampled Mary’s Medicinals Good Green powder instead of hauling out the Vitamix. No cleaning up, and I got a single serving of both THCa and CBDa. I sampled a single serving portion size (1oz) containing 5mg of both THCa and CBDa, though the product is also available in 16oz size. The 16oz size contains 80mg of both THCa and CBDa, totaling 160mg of cannabinoids. If you are less into juicing but like the idea of a raw cannabis whey protein powder, Mary’s Medicinals also offer a 160mg CBDa protein powder.

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I have a favorite juicing/shake bottle, so I tossed in the green powder and gave it a good look. It was green and it smelled good. It was enticing! I added 16oz of water and gave it a really thorough shake. Nothing worse than a gluggy shake! I transferred the juice to a glass to get a better look at it mixed and am still impressed at just how green my green juice was.

The first mouthful I gulped down I noticed a slightly mint-like flavor, very subtle and almost sweet. I usually prefer and make my own juices quite tart, and I was impressed with the overall flavor of Mary’s Good Greens juice. I found it a little sweet for my own tastes, though I think the flavor is excellent and will certainly appeal to a wide market — something super tart juices usually do not!

The packaging for Good Greens recommends that you consume the product within ten minutes of mixing it up. I did so, but still found that it was necessary to stir the mix pretty regularly. This is standard with juicing in general, but was much more noticeable with this juicing alternative product. I recommend following the instructions and drinking straightaway!

The smell of the juicing alternative reminded me of my childhood on a farm: it smelt of hay and sunny days. The smell was appealing while in powder form, but I found the scent less appealing once mixed with water. It was not strong enough to be off-putting at all though, and most people probably wouldn’t notice the smell.

I smashed my juice and got my day started in otherwise normal fashion for me: a quick workout and shower, then I sit at my desk and do what I do. Good Greens is a great meal alternative — I didn’t look at the clock for lunch today! This juicing alternative was fulfilling, it tasted good and I enjoyed reading the information on the packaging — because that is the kind of dork I am. I do use CBD regularly for other purposes, and have consumed raw cannabis previously, though this is a much cleaner and easier way of obtaining sufficient cannabis for juicing. The next sample I’ll add to my own juice as a way of managing the flavor to my liking.

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Good Greens is a great juicing alternative. I recommend hitting up dispensaries and stores in Colorado if you are interested in this product. Get green!

Supplement Facts

One serving of Mary’s Medicinals Good Greens powder contains 113 calories. The main ingredient is Greens Powder, which contains an organic vegetable blend, a fruit blend, flaxseed powder and a number of extracts including green tea leaf extract, organic aloe powder, organic cinnamon bark powder, tumeric extract, organic Atlantic kelp powder and licorice root extract. The other ingredients are 100% Canadian hemp flour, potassium sorbate and cannabis extracts.

Mary’s also offer high bioavailability transdermal patches, gels and topical compounds, and 100 percent plant-based, vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free capsules. If you use cannabis for anything other than just getting high, you will be thrilled to discover Mary’s range of products. For people who push themselves physically, there are rubs and ointments, while for pain management there is a gel pen! Check out the range here.

If you are looking for CBD products throughout the USA, check out Mary’s Nutritionals, a sister company of Mary’s Medicinals. They have a line of high-quality CBD products available without restriction to customers nationwide.