What You Need to Know About Oxalates and Cannabis

Oxalates are a compound found in many foods and they’ve recently become controversial among nutritionists. Add in cannabis and there’s even more confusion. Here’s how they’re tied together.

Jan 28, 2015 - HERB

Ever wonder how cannabis and oxalates are related? Not even sure what oxalates are? No matter your level of knowledge around this natural substance, we’ve got you covered with these must-knows on how oxalates and cannabis work (or don’t work) together.

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Oxalates and Cannabis: Key Facts

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Oxalates are a compound found in many foods and they've recently become controversial among nutritionists. Add in cannabis and there's even more confusion. Here's how they're tied together.

  • What are Oxalates?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Also known as oxalic acid, oxalates are naturally-occurring substances present in many foods. Found in humans and animals, our bodies convert other substances into oxalates.

  • Where Do Oxalates Come From?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Spinach, rhubarb, buckwheat, amaranth, almonds, cocoa and dark chocolate, tea and coffee, parsley and chives are some of the more notable high oxalate foods.

  • Does Marijuana Contain Oxalates?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Because marijuana is a leafy green, it's thought that it too could be oxalate rich. This is especially apparent when the plant's leaves are used, like when weed is juiced.

  • What's Good About Oxalates?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Oxalates are found in green, leafy vegetables which have a ton of health benefits. Though oxalates aren't necessarily good for you themselves, the foods they're in are often part of a good diet.

  • What's Bad About Oxalates?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Oxalate rich foods and diets can increase the chance kidney stones, which are made of calcium oxalate. Often, if you're prone to kidney stones, you'll be put on an low oxalate diet.

  • But Marijuana Can Also Help?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Marijuana, though potentially rich in oxalates, can help with the pain and nausea caused by kidney stones…now you can see why the opinion around them is split.

  • What Precautions Can I Take?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Try tincture-based edibles to decrease your exposure to oxalates if you're sensitive. Modify your diet, after talking to a health professional of course, if you're prone to kidney stones.

  • Good or Bad?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    It's clear that there are pros and cons for each side of the oxalate debate. Listen to your body (and a health professional) when it comes to these foods and the ever-changing ideas around oxalates.

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