BENEFITS OF RAW CANNABIS CONSUMPTION Includes Killing Cancer Cells.

Who knew there was so much science in a salad? Add this, not that and make sure your cannabis is fresh with verifiable full profile COA’s.

That is correct – eating raw cannabis is a thing, and to clarify, this article is referring to the legal cousin of marijuana, industrialized hemp.

As most health- conscious foodies know, as enzymes in foods heat up the food’s analytes change. Lemons, for instance, begin the cooking process as easily seen when raw translucent fish are doused with lemon juice and the fish flesh becomes opaque. This same type of chemical change occurs when combining citrus, such as grapefruit with raw cannabis. But raw cannabis does not need to be heated or cooked to attain its benefits, and truly, it shouldn’t be. Naturally forming stomach acids are enough to induce the needed change to receive the beneficial analytes of raw cannabis.

Raw cannabis straight from the earth contains a plethora of therapeutic advantages when eaten raw – for humans and other mammals. Freshly harvested cannabis only needs to have time to dry out, which is usually completed before it is sold, for maximum THCA and CBDA levels.

Ancient hemp-retting pools have been found in Denmark. (Public Domain.)


The cannabinoid acids THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), which turn into THC and CBD when heated, remain as they are – natural potent medicine for mammals. Pharmaceutical research relays the benefits of these raw analytes.

CBDA has anti-inflammatory properties, functions as an antibacterial, and has properties to reduce nausea and vomiting. Preclinical research states that THCA may have the potential to protect against neurodegenerative diseases, treat epilepsy and muscle spasms, and provide relief for insomnia and pain.

THCA is an effective warrior in battling tumors and cancer.  

The data from research in the 2015 article, “Inhibition of Phosphatidylcholine-Specific Phospholipase C Interferes with Proliferation and Survival of Tumor Initiating Cells in Squamous Cell Carcinoma,” by Cecchetti, et al., suggests that the inhibition of PC-PLC activity may represent a new therapeutic approach to selectively target the most aggressive and tumor promoting sub-population of floating spheres originated from squamous cancer cells possessing different proliferative and stemness potential. The outer membrane of surface NK cells (our Natural Killer cells), is correlated with the membrane expression of phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C (PC-PLC). Inhibition of PC-PLC is enacted by THCA – raw cannabis. This kills cancer cells.

Table 1. Concentration of the main cannabinoids, THC, THCa, CBD and CBDa, in unheated and heated plant extracts (3.1 g per 40 ml), determined by LC-MS (the concentrations are given in μg/ml)

Plant extract Treatment THC THCa CBD CBDa
A Unheated 90 14 500 3.9 28
A Heated 10 060 150 29 17
B Unheated 48 3300 26 3500
B Heated 1100 9.3 1900 0.9  

Table is from the above article, Cecchetti, et al.

The inhibition of PC-PLC by unheated high content THCA in the above research is quoted as, “This difference in inhibitory effect was statistically significant…THCa and unheated Cannabis extract inhibited both the PC-PLC activity in a dose-dependent manner,” (Cecchetti, et al.). From the table above, this indicates that a high content THCA is 14.5 mg/ml. Good luck finding raw cannabis with THCA levels at 14.5mg/ml.

Average THCA levels are anywhere from 2.5 to 6. A strain of legal hemp that has high THCA, (a strain that typically produces legal amounts at less than .3% THC after processing), is Special Sauce. As an example, consider 7.7mg/g is dry weight volume for Special Sauce’s THCA content in one COA’s report. [Not all plants of any specific strain produce the same levels. Levels are also influenced by growing conditions and harvesting.] 7.7 milligrams divided by 1000 grams is 0.0077. Among scientists, one gram is defined as the mass of water that would fill a 1-centimeter cube. So, depending on density of liquid used to blend the THCA, (for this example the liquid is coconut oil), a rough conversion for mg/ml using this raw product is approximately 8.53mg/ml – not close to 14.5mg/ml, but some is better than none when fighting for good health.

The above example follows the Cold THCA Process.

Note that fresh raw cannabis is best and has the most THCA. Raw cannabis that has been allowed to dry out, but not more than a year old, has a good amount of THCA. Raw cannabis that is lightly cooked, two minutes at 100 degrees, loses some THCA. Raw cannabis that is cooked, as in stir fried at temperatures up to 160 degrees, may have no THCA.

It is not easy to locate fresh raw cannabis in a state that does not have full legalization of hemp, yet. Also, fresh hemp is usually not sent to a lab for a COA profile, so levels of THCA would be a guess at best. It is hemp flowers that are commonly tested. When buying hemp flowers look for buds with some green color and even lavender to indicate that they are still young and read the COA for THCA levels.

The thing is, the dosage and term lengths for fighting cancer are not certain. Further research by scientists is needed. Speak with your physician. It is known, however, that raw cannabis does relieve inflammation and anxiety.

Because shopping is not a walk-in-the-park, CBD Girl Next Door did some retail research, and know this – pharmaceutical prices have been propagating in the hemp fields. Oh my!

Complete reviews on raw cannabis available for purchase is forthcoming.

“Are you ready to order yet?”

“Yes, I’ll have the Raw Cannabis salad with Spicy Papaya Seed dressing, and a glass of carrot juice and bring a slice of that cheesecake with a fresh Special Sauce Cannabis Leaf on top when I’m done.”

“You got it, CBD Girl.”

“Thank you!”

This article is not intended to replace the practice of a physician.

References

THCA Properties https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2005.10.002

PC-PLC Activity from THCA https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0136120

PC-PLC Activity from THCA https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/eji.200737266

It is not wise to use a product without full transparency. Insist on a verifiable full profile COA with any hemp product. Identify the testing lab with a header on the lab work. Do not accept a lab report without identifying language and contact information. Identify that COA with a correlating batch number.

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