News – “Fresh Cannabis Leaves May Be the Superfood You’re Missing Out On” – We know that smoking dried cannabis flower yields a number of benefits – from pain relief to relaxation – but it turns out that consuming fresh cannabis leaves may also have perks for our health. Among the hundred plus cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, the most well-known are CBD (nonpsychoactive) and THC (pscyhoactive), and maybe even more recently, CBN. One that you’ve probably never heard of, however, is THC-A.

“THC-A has many of the anti-inflammatory properties of both CBD and THC, but unlike those two, it can only be accessed through fresh cannabis leaves,” Miss Grass cofounder and editor in chief Anna Duckworth told POPSUGAR. “As soon as the plant is dried and heated up, as is the case when we smoke or vaporize the plant, the THC-A is no more.”

If you’re worried about getting high, consuming fresh, uncured cannabis leaves won’t produce a stoned effect. It’s the process of decarboxylation that converts THC-A into THC as the flower dries and is heated for use. But when consumed in its freshest form – whether you incorporate it into a salad or juice it – THC-A can act as an anti-inflammatory agent and potentially manage or reverse chronic diseases, as well as become a treatment option for Parkinson’saccording to studies referenced by Miss Grass. Additionally, a 2013 study found this cannabinoid to be effective in controlling the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Although further research on THC-A and cannabinoids in general are much needed, we anticipate more research to be available as marijuana continues to legalize across the country. As for where you can get your hands on raw cannabis greens in the meantime, ask your local dispensary or GIY (grow it yourself) if you live in a legal state.

Finally, science is prevailing in the war on cannabis. I never needed science to tell me cannabis was a super food, I just always assumed it was, because of how awesome you feel after its usage. And no I’m not talking about the THC that makes you high, I’m talking about the benefits of CBD, the non psychoactive property of the flower. But now science has shown there is another cannaboid in the plant that is just as useful in the pain/anti inflammatory game. THC-A can be found in the leaf of the plant, and when consumed in salads and fruit juices/smoothies the results are extraordinary. According to a 2013 study the cannaboid THC-A was used to control the growth of prostate cancer cells. 
Well if this isn’t evidence enough to get the plant legal all across the United States, I don’t know what is.
Happy Grubbin’

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