Fresh cannabis leaves are full of amazing health benefits and can be used in a variety of recipes. Rich with nutrients and vitamins, this plant should be seen more as an essential dietary aid rather than a specific medicine. We shouldn’t have to wait until we are sick to treat ourselves. True health means taking preventative measures to ensure our body’s homeostasis.
Raw Cannabis Recipes
Check out our Think Outside The Bong: Raw Cannabis Superfood article to understand some of the current research being conducted surrounding the health benefits of adding raw cannabis into your daily diet.
The ways in which we can add fresh cannabis leaves into our meals are endless. If we look at cannabis as the leafy green vegetable that it is, we can add or exchange cannabis leaves in our meals where other leafy greens have resided. Check out some of my favorites:
Fresh Cannabis Pesto
3-4 cloves of Garlic
3 tablespoons Crushed Nut of Choice (Almond, Pine, Cashew)
1 cup Fresh Cannabis Leaves
1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
3 tablespoons Olive Oil (add more as needed for desired consistency)
1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese
This recipe is easiest with a food processor. Simply combine all ingredients and blend to a smooth consistency. If you do not have a food processor, you can finely chop all ingredients and combine. There are dozens of ways to enjoy pesto, my favorite is in a big pot of pasta. Click here to browse through more ways to use pesto.
Super Green Canna Smoothie
½ cup Spinach
½ cup Kale
½ cup Cannabis Leaves
2 tablespoons Honey
Splash of Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Adding cannabis into smoothies is an easy way to gently hide it with other ingredients. Check out this list of delicious smoothie recipes, all ready to be topped with fresh canna-leaves for those extra nutritional benefits.
Orange Canna Chicken Salad
¾ pound Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast (cubed)
¼ cup Teriyaki Sauce
2 teaspoons Canola Oil
8 cups Torn Mixed Greens (Kale, Spinach, Cannabis, Romaine)
1 can Mandarin Oranges (drained)
1 Shredded Carrot
3 tablespoons Green Onions (thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons White Vinegar
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Sugar
½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
- Combine chicken breast and teriyaki sauce in a small dish and refrigerate 1-2 hours.
- After marinating, add chicken to a hot skillet and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until fully cooked (no longer pink).
- In a large bowl, combine cooked chicken with salad greens, carrot, mandarin oranges, green onions and canola oil.
- Combine dressing ingredients and drizzle over the top. Optional, top with cranberry raisins!
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