Healthy Herb: 7 Ways Marijuana Can Be a Part of a Healthy Diet

By Guest Writer Grace Hawkins,

Both marijuana and hemp have become quite trendy in health and wellness forums. With more studies focusing on the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of cannabis, people are beginning to acknowledge marijuana as a nutritional herb that offers more than the characteristic euphoric high. US President Donald Trump’s signing of the 2018 Farm Bill also means manufacturers can now grow and extract various cannabis compounds for human consumption.

Medical marijuana is legal in several places in the US, Canada, and the UK. Cannabinoids such as CBD (cannabidiol) also deliver key therapeutic benefits for those suffering various ailments. Epidiolex, which is a CBD-based medication for seizures and epilepsy, is the only FDA-approved cannabis medication. However, patient surveys also indicate that cannabis can help in treating a myriad of health issues, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation.
  • Post-chemotherapy and post-menopausal symptoms.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Sleep and appetite disorders.
  • Gastrointestinal and cardiac health.
  • Skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, and psoriasis.

Several other conditions can get better with cannabis. Medical marijuana is safe, and it does not have any mind-altering effects. THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid. THC release occurs when you expose marijuana to heat or let it age. Marijuana leaves, on the other hand, contain THCA, which is an inactive variant that does not have any psychoactive potential. Cannabinoids like CBD and CBG (cannabigerol) are also non-psychoactive, so there are many options for those concerned about THC toxicity. But how can you integrate marijuana into your daily diet?  Let’s find out.

1. Cannabis-infused drinks

You can infuse marijuana into your morning coffee and tea or even add it to shakes, smoothies, and blended juice. You can find both alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments that include marijuana compounds like CBD on the market. Drinks offer refreshment and hydration. Virtually, everyone prefers some kind of drink, whether hot chocolate, early morning coffee, or evening beer. Adding marijuana to your drinks is a great way to deliver the therapeutic benefits of CBD and THC without the psychoactive effects. You can even prepare ganja tea using marijuana leaves, just like you do with green and mocha tea. This is a great way to experience the benefits of marijuana, especially if you prefer the classic method of brewing your beverages.

2. Cannabis cooking oil

Medical marijuana, hemp, or CBD oils are all healthy options when you are looking for nutritious cooking oil. Using cannabis in your cooking does not add any unique flavour to your dishes. However, it is a perfect way to integrate this famous flowering herb into your diet. Most cannabis retailers and dispensaries sell cooking oil, so finding one is not a problem. However, make sure you choose high-quality oil for cooking. This is different from CBD oils and tinctures meant for oral and sublingual application. When buying cannabis oil for cooking, pay attention to the THC and CBD ratios, and find out if the product has psychoactive potential. You can add cannabis oil to any recipes that feature oil as an ingredient.

3. Cannabis edibles and gummies

A few years back, weed cookies were the only options for cannabis users seeking edibles and snacks. Today, your choices are limitless. Thanks to the new regulations and studies, cannabis is available in various forms, including cookies, chocolate chips and bars, candy, gummies, and baked products, among others. You can quickly deliver the benefits of cannabis by eating high-quality edibles from reputable retailers. Edibles offer a perfect alternative for outdoor cannabis consumption. You can pack them when going for a hike or keep them in a bowl at home.

4. Hemp seeds and salad dressing

Marijuana and hemp seeds are nutritious superfoods that pack high concentrations of heart-healthy omega 3, fiber, and antioxidants. You can eat raw hemp seeds or use them in cooking. They are also perfect in salad dressings and will immediately improve the nutritional value of your meal. Hemp seeds offer a safer, nutritious substitute you can use for other seeds and nuts. One can buy marijuana seeds online from reputed retailers and reap in all the therapeutic benefits of these miraculous seeds.

5. Supplement capsules

Dietary supplements are prevalent as they offer a quick way to deliver critical doses of the sought-after micronutrient. You can find CBD and THC supplements that contain specific concentrations. Supplements are ideal when targeting unique medical benefits but still work as dietary additions. They are also more convenient as you can take them with your meals or around them.

6. Marijuana flour

Marijuana flour offers another non-psychoactive option you can use to integrate the plant into your healthy diet. The flour comes from dry marijuana seeds, but you can also dry and grind the leaves if you wish to benefit from THC. With the flour, you can find more ways to add high-quality canada marijuana to your cooking. It is one of the less popular alternatives to smoking and vaping. Also, flour suits those who prefer homemade meals, although you can find marijuana products that feature flour.

7. Marijuana snacks

Taking snacks in between meals can curb hunger and reduce your appetite for the main courses. It is popular among those seeking to manage their weight. Marijuana snacks are no different from other snacks. However, they pack essential micronutrients and cannabinoids that can result in various health benefits. Whether you prefer chocolate, honey, or burgers, these snacks can help unravel the therapeutic potential of marijuana and help you improve various aspects of your health.

Conclusion

There are various other ways to use cannabis. Vaping, dubbing, oral tinctures, and topical balms all have the potential to provide the active compounds in marijuana. Users also come up with their ingenious ways of using the herb. When looking to integrate cannabis into your diet, it is essential to find trustworthy retailers that can guarantee safe quality products, whether dry herb, concentrates, floor, oils, or edibles. It is also advisable to consult your doctor, especially if you are using marijuana to treat a unique medical condition. This will help you determine the right dosage and mode of delivery. What’s more, you should check your local laws before mail-ordering marijuana products as some places are yet to amend their regulations fully.

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