If you’re interested in trying psychoactive cannabis juicing, know that you’re not alone. Some people are looking for a healthier alternative for their recreational marijuana habit, while others are trying marijuana for the first time and looking for an easy way to consume it. Others tried non-psychoactive cannabis juicing first but failed to realize the anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety health effects they were seeking.
Psychoactive vs. Non-Psychoactive Cannabis
As we also point out in our guide to non-psychoactive cannabis juicing, the health benefits of any cannabis plant are influenced by the entire terpene profile of that particular strain. Even non-psychoactive forms of cannabis can have profound health effects. To this point, we’re still working to understand all the factors that determine specific health effects, including psychoactive vs. non-psychoactive forms of cannabis.
We do have an understanding of the chemical process that turns cannabis into a psychoactive substance that can cross the blood-brain barrier and get you high. The simple explanation is that you need to activate the marijuana by heating it up. The technical explanation is that the THCa (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) is turned into THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) with heat in a process known as decarboxylation. The activated THC is one of the few cannabis derivatives that isn’t fat soluble, helping it cross the blood-brain barrier.
Psychoactive Cannabis for Juicing
Any number of tinctures, oils, and extracts can be added to your favorite juicing recipe. The dosing is important and hard to predict for individuals who may have different reactions and tolerance levels. Moreover, tinctures, oils and extracts can be made in various strengths and concentrations. Use guidance from the pot shop, product packaging, or homemade recipe in adding the psychoactive cannabis to your juice.
It’s crucial that the tincture, oil, or extract isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. Solar radiation will degrade the quality of the activated THC molecules, so avoid enjoying the juice in a clear glass on your outdoor patio.
Cannabis Juice Recipes
The flavor of the cannabis may change somewhat during the activation process, but you’ll be able to taste the marijuana flavor either way, depending on how much the rest of the ingredients mask the marijuana. Here are some of our own favorite cannabis juice recipes.
Our Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Recipe for Cannabis Juice
4 celery stalks
1 cup pineapple
½ green apple
1 cup spinach
Small handful of ginger or mint
Our Favorite Immune-Boost Recipe for Cannabis Juice
4 large carrots
1 small apple
½-1 cup of kale
Small handful of ginger
Our Favorite Weight Loss Recipe for Cannabis Juice
3 large kale leaves
1 small apple or 1 teaspoon of honey
Our Favorite Sweet Recipe #1 for Cannabis Juice
1.5 cup sweet cherries
1 cup of fresh mango
1 teaspoon of honey
4 sprigs of sweet mint
Our Favorite Sweet Recipe #2 for Cannabis Juice
1 cup of blackberries
1 cup of blueberries
1/2 peeled cucumber
Our Favorite Spicy Recipe for Cannabis Juice
2 cups of spinach
1 cup pineapple
2 plum tomatoes