An important part of the medical cannabis movement is the shift from seeing cannabis as a drug to seeing it as a food. THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is a stimulant that increases appetite, but there is so much more to cannabis. Some of the nutritional value in cannabis edibles comes from the cannabis itself. Many of these edibles are available to buy online.
If your reason for consuming cannabis is not simply to get the effects of the THC or CBD, it is best to consume the raw leaves. Oil extracted from cannabis seeds is also quite nutritious. The plants of the Cannabis genus approved for medical use in California are closely related to hemp. The oil and seeds of hemp are popular parts of a plant-based diet, since they contain omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s Not the Vitamin Content, but the Body’s Response
Dr. William Courtney and others have claimed that the health benefits of cannabis derive from its effect on the brain’s endocannabinoid system. Those who promote cannabis as a health food say that it makes the cells more receptive to antioxidants. (Some common antioxidants found in foods are vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.) The best way to get this benefit from cannabis is to drink cold-pressed juice made from raw cannabis leaves. Smoking or otherwise heating cannabis does not have the same effect. Likewise, raw cannabis that has not been heated does not have psychoactive effects.
Cannabis Can Be Nourishing from the Outside
Edibles are among the most popular cannabis products, but since its legalization, cannabis has become a popular ingredient in topical products. Skincare products like Whoopi and Maya rub are based on the idea that cannabis nourishes the skin.
The reasons that cannabis is considered a superfood have to do with more than vitamins.