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SUPERFOOD

Try A Cannabis Friendly Diet Packed Full Of Super-nutrients

Healthy living is more than a marketing phrase – it is an active, conscious decision to make better life choices by focusing on optimal health and wellness. Cannabis forms a much more prominent role in the modern perception of a wellness lifestyle and because of this, it has been investigated more closely. The results have been found to show a multitude of health benefits not only based on the lifestyle applications of cannabis and cannabinoid products but on the actual nutritional intake of cannabis itself. Cannabis has been dubbed as a superfood, and as such has been highly recommended as an important part of a healthy and varied diet.

 

 

What Is A Superfood?

 

A superfood is quite simply a food source that has superior nutritional density and other health-enhancing qualities. While this may sound like literally all food, superfoods have been specifically marketed this way because they are nutrient powerhouses – they offer a variety of micronutrients, minerals, antioxidants, fats, and enzymes, in an extremely dense and digestible form. Examples of these foods include berries, salmon, or leafy vegetables, and as per the recent research findings, cannabis.

What Are The Superfood Qualities Of Cannabis?

 

Cannabis, cannabinoid, and hemp products supply a variety of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which is great for anyone trying to supply these necessary fats to their body without needing to ingest fish oils for example. You also get a combination of mineral compounds that assist the metabolism such as amino acids, magnesium, and terpenes. Don’t forget that cannabis also offers high levels of protein, vitamins, and zinc!

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Cannabis Consumption

 

Cannabis, hemp, and cannabinoid products all provide varying levels of nutrition based on the method of use and the base qualities of the cannabis strain. There are a few options for consuming cannabinoid products. Some people choose to smoke cannabis or hemp, either through the use of a bong (the water filtration removes some of the carcinogens found when smoking), a bowl (also using water but for smaller doses), a pipe or bubbler (great for traveling or using on-the-go), blunts (think of a marijuana cigar) or the traditional joint (using rolling papers and for the wise smoker – filters). Not keen on smoking?

 

Other forms of cannabis or hemp use are methods of ingestion such as canna-caps which are pills or capsules containing a predictable dose of marijuana, often suspended in oil. They are a great option for anyone with respiratory issues, they are discreet, and they create no smoke or smell. Tinctures are perfect for sublingual (under the tongue) administration, which provides a slower uptake than smoking, though quicker than traditional edibles. Edibles are pretty much any food item that contains cannabis, and come in a variety of forms (see below). In order for the cannabis to become edible, however, the cannabis will need to go through a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation or “decarbing” is a heat-activated process that allows for better dosing, efficacy, potency, and allows the brain’s receptors to actually access the compounds within the cannabis or hemp that we need.

Incorporating Cannabis Into Your Diet

 

Edibles! Welcome to the world of weed variety. If you have a sweet tooth and prefer your cannabis dispensed as a sweet treat, you have a selection of infused candies, chocolates, cookies, ice cream, brownies, gummies, or even infused drinks to choose from. There is an ever-increasing selection of snacks like fruit slabs available and you could go for a miso soup broth, herbal brew, or canna-tea if you prefer a less sugary option. If you want to incorporate cannabis into everyday cooking, have a look at the options for infused fats and oils such as canna-oil (there are several oils available including hemp, sunflower, coconut, and even infused olive oil), canna-butter (vegan options are possible too). You could also simply add the decarbed cannabis material directly to your dishes or make your own edible products at home with easy and effective recipes that incorporate heat in the process of extraction. For non-THC based benefits, ie. no need to activate the compounds through heat, you can add cannabis to your health shakes (in seed or powder form), or use the leaves in salad.

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Superfood Health Benefits

 

Not only does cannabis assist with appetite stimulation and the suppression of nausea – often just making it possible to eat food, nevermind the dietary value of cannabis – but when delivered as part of your nutritional intake, it can boost your immune system, promote organ health, and improve energy levels. The compounds found in cannabis also assist in cancer prevention and treatment, pain relief, sleep support and provide anti-inflammatory and sedation or muscle relaxant properties. Want to lose weight or fight off the signs of aging? Try cannabis as your go-to superfood.

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