Can You Improve Your Health By Juicing Raw Marijuana?

I juice a few times a week, but never considered juicing raw marijuana. There is, however, much evidence to show that juicing raw cannabis can dramatically help relieve many chronic health issues, and add a strong layer of prevention.

Juice Your Raw Marijuna

YOU’VE UNDOUBTEDLY heard about smoking marijuana and baking marijuana into brownies and cookies – even making harsh oil from marijuanabut have you ever heard of, or considered juicing raw marijuana leaves?

Seriously. Just like juicing cucumber, kale, celery, carrots, apples and the like… add to the mix, marijuana!

This was news to me. And as I read about it and watched videos about it, I marveled at what might be the health benefits of juicing cannabis (marijuana).

Dr. William Courtney, who has extensively researched ingesting raw cannabis via juicing, says it’s a vegetable, and cites several benefits, such as helping with:

– Inflammation
– Diabetes
– Free radicals
– Cancer
– Arthritis
– Lupus
– Hypothyroidism
– Infection
– Asthma

Obviously there are challenges to juicing raw marijuana. There are the obvious legal hurdles to grow or buy it. And there’s the issue of quantity.

If you juice cannabis, you need a lot more of it than if you use it heated, either smoking it or baking it, or making an oil of it. Depending on the size, you may need half a plant per day.

In case you’re wondering how anybody could function ingesting that much marijuana, know that when you ingest it raw, cannabis has no psychotropic effect; meaning, you don’t get high.

Only by heating marijuana does it become able to get you “high”.

There are serious people investigating juicing raw marijuana, and so I believe we’ll be hearing more about it in the near future.

Curious? If so, view the two videos below.


I found it enlightening to learn about all the traditionally trained medical doctors advocating the use of medical marijuana, as well as the intimate portraits of those patients who have been helped.

For more information about juicing marijuana, check out the Cannabis International Foundation website. As it says on the home page:

“Here you’ll find peer-reviewed scientific articles about the latest research, updates on Cannabis’ ever-changing legal status in the US and elsewhere, interviews with important figures, practical advice for using Dietary Cannabis, Global Intellectual Property pertaining to cannabis, self directed internet study courses ranging from 30 minutes to 300 hours.”

A personal note: I don’t use marijuana in any of its various forms, nor do I consider myself an advocate of it. But I must say that I smell a skunk when it comes to this topic; meaning, I believe there are purely political and economic factors that override common sense when it comes to medical marijuana.”

My 2 cents. What’s yours? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Update: I’ve made two videos on this topic: (1) How to make coconut cannabis oil; and (2) How to make a raw cannabis smoothie.  Check them out!

Making coconut cannabis oil

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Add Raw Cannabis To Your Smoothie

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Last Updated on February 1, 2020 by Joe Garma

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DentalAccountant - March 21, 2012

Oh this is awesome! I can’t believe that marijuana can also be process as a juice and also have benefits. Who first discover this?

    Joseph Garma - March 23, 2012

     Don’t know… probably some caveman who stomped through a marijuana field, noticed his feet covered in squishy juice, and drank some.

Dana - March 26, 2012

Great post, Joe! I’ve never understood why it was illegal in the first place. Alcohol is so much more dangerous in it’s affects. I’ve seen so many families torn apart by alcoholism… never by marijuana use. 

You’ve got me thinking about trying it for my inflammation and autoimmune deficiencies brought on by diabetes. Definitely food for thought.

    Joseph Garma - March 26, 2012

     Good luck getting sufficient supply, Dana, as one uses much, much more of it when juicing than when used to get “high”.

Anonymous - April 30, 2012

“how anybody could function ingesting that much marijuana, know that when you ingest it raw, cannabis has no psychotropic effect”

Not true.  Any absence of euphoria is due to the very low THC content of leaves, the fact that cannabinoids are not water-soluble and higher-potency cannabis would not be wasted on this effort.  Furthermore, the decreased efficacy of orally-ingested would further decrease any psychotropic effect.

Don’t try drinking cannabis leaf juice and then taking a a drug screen, you’ll flunk it even if you never felt a perceptible buzz.  Even so, if you drink enough of it from high-potency strains, you will likely catch at least a small buzz.

    Joseph Garma - April 30, 2012

    Geez, is there anything about which there’s no controversy? I have no experience with drinking marijuna juice, but obviously thought it interesting enough to write about, and in this post presented the assertions of the medical researchers that are examining the benefits.

    LG.MAJESTYK - August 9, 2012

    Raw cannabis contains THCA and CBDA, ineffective alkaloids. They must be heated to produce THC and CBD, which in turn produces the “high.” 

Alyx - January 7, 2013

Dietary Cannabis Juicing, Sprouting and Non-psychoactive Cannabinoid Dosing info from Dr. William Courtney at

sammy wight - July 30, 2013

Good Article. The expense of Leaves to do this daily would be astronomical, even if you grew enough for yourself the volume would be unsustainable for cost. Yes, leaves mixed in an 18 oz. Brownie Mix, approximately 1 oz leaves, and used as an edible, produces a relaxing body therapy to aid with those with Chronic pain conditions such a Degenerative Spinal joints, Degenerative and Arthritic knees, and so on. The point is, it does work for those unable to take “Opiates” due to ALLERGIC reactions. I am one of those allergic to Codeine, Morphine and so on. They cause a Blinding headache, projectile vomiting, Diarrhea, and other yuck. Point is, Cannabis edibles calm, relax, and ease pain. All the folks that are Allergic to Codeine should UNITE and seek a platform to have their concerns heard by their Representatives and gain support for Medical Cannabis Edibles for those with allergies to pain meds. And maybe this will prod them to support RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT to arrive at a pain med that can be taken by those allergic to codeine. Imagine Pain Meds strong enough to quell pain just like codeine does ?

    Joseph Garma - July 31, 2013

    Yes, the price would be prohibitive for juicing the leaves. I do know about a couple of people growing w/ licenses for their own consumption. They have enough for part of the year, but not winter months. Some people make an oil from it, “hash oil”, and take just a drop or two each day, but unlike consuming the leaf raw, when you heat it you have to deal with the psychotropic effects.

j john - November 9, 2015

holy cow I juiced the shake ((( Cannabis))) with my wife We got really stoned
From what I researched I shouldn’t get stoned. wow

Steve - March 20, 2016


Eric - October 5, 2016

I have extensive experience ingesting fresh cannabis – never decarboxylated but harvested and immediately frozen. Over 4 years of nearly daily use, and never did I get a buzz from it. If you’ve never used cannabis you might notice a change, but it’s nowhere near being “high” at all.

And juicing leaves might benefit you, but if you want to feel 10 years younger you need to include 5-7gm of FRESH/FROZEN (not dried shake, not dried bud – fresh/frozen ONLY) in a daily smoothie that should also include a good deal of nuts/coconut oil or other fat to help assimilate the cannabinoids.

High-THC buds (FRESH) will give you a boost of clear, sustained energy almost immediately. You can include some leaf for CBDs but the majority of heavy lifting here is done by the buds and the concentration of cannabinoids they contain. Within a few months after starting daily smoothies with fresh buds, my beginning arthritis disappeared (cartilage contains CB2 receptors), my life long battle with depression was over and my beginning prostate issues cleared up along with my skin healing faster.

The cannabinoids are concentrated in the trichomes, which are concentrated on mature flowers/buds. Trichomes are not water soluble and they are very sticky – so if you juice a bud, you’re going to lose a lot when they stick to the sides of your juicer and/or stay in the “waste” portion typically thrown out after extracting the juice.

If you live in a MMJ state and grow or know a grower, source a bag of fresh buds – the smaller “popcorn” buds are perfect – that were snipped into a bag then IMMEDIATELY frozen and kept frozen. Use these – preferably untrimmed to include some leaf (which has more CBD) – daily for a couple of weeks. You will be amazed at the benefits.

GKN Life - March 14, 2017

In many Union states it has become legalized for medical purposes. Recently, Washington and Colorado legalised the marijuana for medical and recreational uses. This trend is known as “medical marijuana”. The researchers’ found that marijuana is very effective in preventing cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. And many doctors want to understand marijuana’s effects better before deciding whether to recommend it or not.

Heather - April 27, 2017

Awesome post! There are so many different ways to consume marijuana leaves and buds, but I’d never heard of juicing as an option until now. The versatility of it definitely makes it an attractive method. Thanks for sharing!

FredyJohnSmith - March 27, 2018

Well, that’s really impressive. I never thought that you can actually get that much benefits just by juicing the raw marijuana. Looks like I will be going to be quite busy this weekend.

Jim Gibson - May 29, 2018

What a great article about juicing marijuana! Surely I will be benefited from doing so because I am suffering from all sorts of pain on my late adulthood! Thanks for sharing this information!

Jim Gibson - June 23, 2018

From the last time I commented, I’ve been regularly juicing not just cannabis but also fruits and vegetables. I want to have a healthy life. Thank you for inspiring me!

    Joe Garma - June 23, 2018

    Well, Jim, I congratulate you on your efforts. Most people just take in information and don’t do anything about it. Remember hearing something like, “If you read or observe something, you learn it; if you do it, you know it”.

Corey - July 31, 2018

That’s great. It has too many benefits. I gonna try it soon.


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