DENVER, 20 April 2015 –Forget spirulina shakes. If you’re not drinking your weed, you could be missing out on a bio-absorbable bonanza, a veritable motherplant-lode of health benefits. Cannabis juice contains CBDA, the acid form of CBD before being heated to create the oil. Sounds unappetizing, but according to Dr. William Courtney, founder of the Cannabis International Foundation, raw cannabis is the “most important vegetable on the planet.”
The doctor is not the only researcher who suspects the er…canna-vege may inhibit cancer cell growth in some people. Along with supporting the immune system, improving brain function (someone please send a truckload to Congress) and boosting metabolism, raw cannabis can unleash a raft of anti-inflammatory benefits, according to Ethan Russo, a senior medical adviser to the British company GW Pharmaceuticals (featured in CNN’s Weed 2 documentary).
The bio-pharmaceutical company is best known for its lead product Sativex, a THC mouthspray that treats the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Sativex is also presently in Phase III clinical development for the treatment of cancer pain. Russo has been quoted in medical journals, saying “… We have cannabinoids in our bodies, endogenous cannabinoids, that turn out to be very effective at regulating immune functions, nerve functions, and bone functions. The endogenous cannabinoid system acts as a modulator in fine-tuning a lot of these systems, and if something is deranged biochemically in a person’s body, it may well be that a cannabinoid system can bring things back into balance.”
In language normal people understand, there is a molecule in cannabis that can connect to immune cells, telling them to calm down. This reduces inflammation and the pain associated with it. But these benefits are destroyed or compromised by heat. When you smoke or bake your weed, you are trading the health windfall for the psychoactive high.
To get the best of both worlds, Dr. Courtney suggests reserving some good, fresh leaf for your next smoothie!
The Art of Juicing Cannabis
Quantity: Dr. Courtney recommends 15 leaves, and 2 large (2 to 4 inches long) raw buds daily for preventative health and for treating symptoms of various chronic conditions.
Quality: Fresher is better and leaves should not be frozen. Raw buds are flowers harvested when the THC glands are clear, not amber. Soak your leaves and raw buds overnight unless you know they have not been sprayed with pesticide (don’t get me started).
Make it Taste Good: Raw cannabis is bitter tasting. Juice your cannabis with a cup of water then mix it with carrot juice or a juice combo, add a dollop of genuine “active Manuka honey” from New Zealand (another super-food) and split the drink into 2-3 portions to have throughout your day.
Don’t Waste Your Stash: buds dried for smoking should not be juiced – they don’t work like the raw material.