I dream of the day where you can walk into the supermarket and pick out a big, fresh bag of cannabis leaves, just like you would a bag of spinach. Eating cannabis leaves in their raw, natural, leafy state can come with a plethora of health benefits like reduced inflammation (thanks to CBDa), as well as reduced pain and insomnia (from the THCa).
Besides the countless articles that pop up when you search “eating cannabis leaves;” on google, if one were to stop and think about the vast uses of the cannabis plant it would be astounding. From hemp rope and building materials to THC and CBD extracts, its overabundance of healthy and useful attributes is plentiful. It’s so curious that the leaves are one of the most useful, yet underutilized, parts of the plant. It makes me cringe just thinking about all those trimmed cannabis fan leaves going to waste or compost when they could be thrown in with a salad or blended into an antioxidant-packed super smoothie.
In fact, Dr. William Courtney has made a name for himself by being an advocate of eating raw cannabis leaves, he even cultivated a new strain of cannabis plants for this purpose. His favorite method of consumption? Green juices. The good doctor promotes raw marijuana like a dietary supplement and believes eating or drinking raw cannabis has a host of nutritional, anti-inflammatory, and immune system boosting benefits. There are even claims that his protocol helped his wife’s Lupus go into remission. This might not be too far-fetched when you consider the leaves of the cannabis plant are full of cannabinoid acids that work with the endocannabinoid system to provide relief of symptoms like pain or inflammation, commonly associated with auto-immune disorders. The plant is also full of omega fatty acids, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals.