The cannabis plant has come a long way from just being viewed as a psychedelic drug. More and more articles, blogs, and studies are highlighting its other attributes, particularly ones that have nothing to do with impairing one's senses.
Cannabis is a leafy plant, which means it is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it popular for people with chronic pain illnesses. Cooking or heating the plant to put them in food or to smoke destroys the nutrients and heightens the psychedelic properties.
A great way to benefit from all the nutrients that cannabis offers is to consume it raw. Now, it might not be the best ingredient for a salad but juicing it and using it to make a cannabis smoothie is a great alternative. To liquify it in a juicing machine, roll the leaves tightly (they will sort of look like green joints) and push them through the feed chute with the pusher.
You can store the juice in the fridge for up to three days or you can freeze it for months. To make using the juice easier for your smoothies, freeze them in an ice cube tray.
If you are using a blender to juice the plant, make sure to finely chop the leaves. Cannabis is fibrous so it can get tangled in the pitcher's blades. Once you do that, puree it until it is liquid.
Now, for the fun part. Here's a great spin on a classic recipe: the strawberry banana smoothie.
- 2 bananas, peeled and sliced.
- 1 cup of strawberries washed.
- ¼ cup of shredded coconut.
- ½ cup of your choice of milk.
- 1 cup of yogurt (either plain or vanilla).
- 6 ice cubes (either cannabis or plain).
- 3 tablespoons of cannabis juice if you use plain ice.
Put all of the ingredients in the blender and puree until creamy and smooth. This recipe makes a batch of two servings and takes about 8 minutes to prepare.
Drinking a cannabis smoothie can still help to reduce inflammation and blood pressure. The plant still has all of its properties because it is raw. This is a healthier alternative to smoking, which can lead to lung damage and cancer. You also won't feel any side effects like hunger or drowsiness.
As the legalization of cannabis becomes more and more popular, a lot of stigmas are being cast aside. In the wake of that, cannabis is being more creatively used as an ingredient. Now that its health benefits are more widely known, people who are not fans of smoking-- or the effects it can have-- can enjoy it.
So enjoy the recipe above! This is a great and refreshing smoothie for the summer months that are almost upon us. Drink up and make sure to have fun discovering the many ways that the cannabis plant can boost your health.