Cannabis is perhaps best known for both its medicinal and psychoactive effects.
While the plant is typically consumed as a potent oil to treat cancer and other diseases, new studies show that marijuana may actually be just as effective when eaten raw.
Now, you may be thinking that the last thing you want is to be under the influence of this controversial bud, but in reality, raw cannabis isn’t psychoactive.
In fact, cannabis edibles like “brownies” and “cookies” have psychoactive effects because the THC, the compound responsible for its mind-altering effects, is extracted in a butter or oil mixture before baking.
Cannabis contains over 400 chemical compounds as well as beneficial vitamins, essential oils, and acids (1).
Perhaps the best-known element in its arsenal is CBD (Cannabidiol), one of the many cannabinoid compounds in the herb (2). Unlike THC (the compound responsible for the marijuana “high”), CBD is non-psychoactive and is responsible for most of the medical application of marijuana.
Among other things, it has antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antioxidant, antidiabetic, neuroprotective, and anti-depressant effects (3).