The popularity of cannabis is increasing worldwide. Most consumers prefer smoking to consuming it orally, but did you know that eating cannabis is more beneficial for health than flaring it up? We tell you how:
1) Rich In Minerals, Fiber, and Vitamins
According to the biochemical composition, raw cannabis seeds have a high level of minerals, vitamins, and fiber.
They contain Vitamin C which is essential for the immune system, Vitamin K which aids in blood clotting, Iron- essential for blood oxygenation, Folate which repairs DNA and Calcium which is important for bones.
There is a high presence of potassium in marijuana as well. Potassium is helpful in lessening anxiety, bringing down the blood pressure and aids in helping you recover faster from strenuous physical activities.
2) Provides Pain Relief
It has been provided by studies that cannabis can provide relief from pain. People who consume marijuana experience a longer and more intense high in the entire body as compared to people who smoke it. Cooking with it not only just identifies and neutralizes the pain, but also provides more relief for more duration of time.
3) Provides Relief From Nausea
It has been scientifically proven that marijuana can reduce nausea and induce appetite in the consumer. There are various studies to prove the effectiveness of cannabis to treat vomiting and nausea in humans as well as animals. One such study was conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada which found that manipulation of the endocannabinoid system is highly effective in the regulation of nausea and vomiting, irrespective of the fact that they are in response to toxins or natural stimuli.
In cases when the symptoms can be predicted- for instance, menstrual cramps after chemotherapy, consuming cannabis is an excellent way to reduce symptoms like stomach pains and nausea.
4) Fights Cancer Cells
Cannabis is not only effective in helping to eliminate symptoms of cancer treatment like loss of appetite, joint pain, nausea, discomfort but can actually fight cancer. In fact, this was finally accepted and updated by the National Cancer Institute on their website a few years back.
It has also been proven in studies that cannabinoids in THC can isolate and eliminate cancer cells.
5) High In Antioxidants
The human body needs antioxidants to protect itself from stress, cancer cells and other things like blood vessel disease. In fact, they are the body’s only defense against ‘free radicals’ which are extremely reactive molecules and can cause a lot of issues in the body with time.
Whether you are consuming cannabis cooked or raw, it is infused with antioxidants and is extremely good for you.
6) There Is No High
Consumers who smoke weed do it to get high. However, there is no psycho-activity involved if you eat marijuana seeds. When the plant is fresh and unheated, it has more acids as compared to when it is cured or dried. Upon eating marijuana, the body converts the non- psychoactive plant form of THC into a different variety of THC called delta- 11.
On the other hand, THCA is converted into THC when it starts drying and curing. The plant then becomes psychoactive.
The aroma molecules present in plant resins are called Terpenes. Some terpenes like linalol provide a lavender-like scent to a few cannabis strains. This is believed to have anticonvulsant and sleep-inducing properties, thereby having a calming effect.
Most of the cannabinoids and terpenes have an almost similar boiling point. When cannabis products are heated above 350 degrees, it evaporates some valuable aroma components. You can avoid this problem entirely when eating raw cannabis. You get the benefit of consuming as many cannabinoid acids and terpenes as possible.
The gist is that eating cannabis is good for you as it is packed with nutrients and you get to avoid other ill effects that come with smoking it.