The marijuana leaf is a symbol that all stoners know all too well. However, have you ever stopped to think about what you can do with the leaf? Throughout the following article, we will examine the nature of the marijuana leaf, how to identify strains based on shape and other applications of the leaf that might surprise you.
Shape Of The Leaf
Firstly, let’s take a look at the shape of the leaf and how that can help you identify the phenotypes of the strains you are smoking. Frequently, a long and skinny marijuana leaf represents the sativa strain. The sativa weed leaf usually has slender fingers which can be as many as 13 on one leaf. Also, the leaves tend to take on a lime green shade that is lighter than all the other strains. Interestingly, the light green shade is evidence of reduced chlorophyll which, partly, leads to longer flowering periods.
Indica & Sativa Leaf
On the other hand, the Indica strain of marijuana has short and wide leaves. Typically, the Indica strain has 7-9 fingers that are fat and sometimes outsized. Also, the strain has a deeper shade of green which is evidence of higher content of chlorophyll. This is also the reason behind the fast bloom cycle that the Indica strain experiences.
When you’re growing cannabis, you’ll quickly learn to identify your plants based on leaf structure, and it can help you if you need to eyeball a strain knowing what effects it would provide by simply looking at the leaf itself.
Now, let’s, for a moment, look at the symbolic meaning of the shape. The five fingers of the cannabis leaf is easily spotted and have become a symbol for the industry. People instantly know what the cannabis leaf is, even if they don’t smoke, making it a powerful sigil for many brands.
Some people claim that by using the leaf within the branding is “cheating” or not creating enough distance from the “stoner stereotype” and the industry. However, for most people who smoke marijuana, the leaf is a welcome sight. People understand that the leaf represents, nowadays, the industry as a whole and is a symbol of freedom and progress. As more brands begin to create their unique perspective on the leaf symbol, we’ll see it grow to become even more critical for the cannabis culture as a whole.
What Can You Do With Weed Leaves?
Most people think that the leaf is worthless, but they couldn’t be further from the truth. The leaf does contain a lot of medical value if you know how to use it properly.
For starters, fan leaves, are great indicators relating to the health of your plant in general. Typically, these leaves are the first ones to show you that ‘something is wrong with your plant’ and can act as a great “canary in the coal mine” for preventing your plant from going the way of the dodo.
Apart from being an indicator, marijuana leaf can also be used for dietary purposes. While most of the cannabinoids come from the colas themselves, the leaf also contains cannabinoids. Using it in juices or salads can give a great boost to your health.
Notably, cannabinoids like THC or CBD are essential in helping marijuana users get high. Interestingly, one can choose to consume the leaf while raw or one can also juice it. Also, you can dry out the leaf and use it for tea. Now, this won’t get you high, but it will induce mild therapeutic effects like lowering inflammation, helping with blood circulation and so forth.
Make Cannabis Tea With Your Cannabis Leaves
Marijuana is not only a product that can be smoked. Notably, the cannabis leaf has a huge variety of uses, where one of them include making cannabis tea. Cannabis tea can be brewed the usual way through which normal tea is brewed. However, this kind of tea has the great benefits derived from the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that makes up the chemical composition of marijuana.
Marijuana tea might contain *very low amounts of THC, but it is enough to exert its influence on the user. Interestingly, the THC amount is enough to relieve pain by binding on the pain receptors located in the brain. However, the use of the substance as tea is not possible in many countries due to the illegal status of marijuana.
Apart from relieving pain, cannabis tea is good for helping people in depression. In particular, the THC has a psychotropic property where it stimulates neurotransmitters that boost the mood of an individual. Also, the THC in cannabis tea can regulate blood pressure, to induce sleep and even to control weight gain.
*THCA + Heat = THC – THC binds in combination with heat to fat (butter, cream, oils). Cannabis tea only with water will not contain THC… Just THCA.
Raw Cannabis Juice
Juicing of marijuana is one of the fastest growing niche that is revolutionizing the wellness ecosystem. As per juicing enthusiasts, taking marijuana while raw helps one to take in all the nutritional value of the plant. Notably, the cannabis leaf contains iron, calcium, vitamin K, antioxidants and fiber. Further, the presence of cannabinoids makes the cannabis leaf a kind of superfood.
Raw cannabis juice is the purest form of the plant in that it does involve any chemical experiment to isolate elements like Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) which is present in a very high concentration. In particular, the only process that is involved in juicing is the mechanical breakdown of the leaf into an easily ingestible form.
According to wellness experts, juiced cannabis has a great list of benefits to the user. Notably, the juice provides proteins, Omega fatty acids, and magnesium. Therefore, one is likely to avoid serious illnesses and also reducing the effects of disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.
Using Marijuana Leaf For Toppings (Salads)
There is no doubt that salads are among the healthiest food category that one can ever take. As such, making a marijuana salad toppings will provide a very healthy means of consuming cannabis. Raw cannabis contains the raw forms of THC and CBD which are THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) and CBDA.
Interestingly, many people would like to take THC but are held back the feeling of smoke in their lungs. Undoubtedly, smoking is not the only way that THC can be ingested.
Marijuana leaf can perfectly create a salad which will allow the user to experience the highest medicinal potential of the plant. Notably, the salad alternative is for the very health conscious users who would also not like to get high of congestion. In essence, the salad is a perfect way to get THC in its raw form as THCA in your blood system where you do not get the high that is normally caused by THC.
Using The Cannabis Leaf As A Rolling Paper
Marijuana leaf can be used as a rolling paper. Well, this isn’t entirely accurate, however many brands use them as a blunt wrap. Similar to cigars, you can use the marijuana leaf and wrap the bud with it and smoke it.
Now it’s not an easy process as simply putting buds in the center and wrapping it up. I’m not going to get into the finer details behind this process because it’s quite extensive; however, it is possible to use the leaf to wrap your blunts.
Using Marijuana Leaf As A Herb
Finally, when it comes to how you can apply marijuana leaf to your daily life, you can dry out the leaf and then put it in a shaker. Many times I sprinkle some of my dried out sugar leaf on my food. Does it get me higher? Not really, but it does give that earthy herbal taste to the food. Don’t overkill it either, because the cannabis taste can be quite powerful, however, to give your food a hint of green is a great way of using the leaf as opposed to simply trashing it.
Some people even use the leaf to wrap food they put in the oven, and if you want to see more applications of marijuana in the kitchen, I highly recommend you check out “Bong Appetite” where they go into great detail about the process and application of cannabis within a culinary setting.
Anyhow, that’s basic things you can be doing with marijuana leaf to not simply throw it away and take your stoner experience to the next level.