Have you heard of oxalates? They are compounds present in a variety of foodstuffs and have caused plenty of debate among nutritionists. Now, the cannabis world is discussing oxalates too, and how they relate to cannabis. In this post, we’re going to get to grips with oxalates and investigate the interactions that they have with compounds in marijuana, like CBD and THC. Let’s get to it.
Key facts about cannabis and oxalates
Oxalates are sometimes called oxalic acid – they are natural substances that can be found in all kinds of foods. Interestingly, humans and animals make oxalates out of other substances in the body.
You can find oxalates in dark chocolate, almonds, rhubarb, spinach, tea and coffee, chives and more – an indication of just how widespread these compounds are.
Scientists think that oxalates could be highly concentrated in cannabis, because the plant is ultimately a leafy green. This is a more relevant point than ever considering some people now choose to juice cannabis flower and leaves or mix into smoothies.
Why are oxalates important?
On their own, oxalates may not have too many health benefits. However, there is a definite correlation in foods that are oxalate-rich being good for you – quite clearly, a diet packed with leafy greens isn’t going to do you any harm!
Downsides of oxalates
Unfortunately, oxalates are not always good for you, and if you eat too many foods that are high in oxalates, you increase your likelihood of getting kidney stones. People prone to kidney stones are often recommended to reduce their oxalate intake.
What role does cannabis play?
If it’s true and cannabis does have a high concentration of oxalates, then it’s possible that the herb could help to ease the pain and reduce nauseous symptoms associated with kidney stones. Therefore, it’s understandable why nutritionists and cannabis experts are so divided on them.
Should I make any changes?
If you know that you have problems from consuming too many oxalates, then you may want to switch to tincture-based cannabis edibles. It’s also worth consulting with your doctor to see whether you should make any adjustments to your diet.
It’s apparent that there are advantages and disadvantages to having lots of oxalates in your body. It’s perhaps best to just judge how your body responds to high-oxalate and low-oxalate diets. The scientific and health communities are yet to reach a consensus on oxalates, so can only help so much.