I juice nearly every day, but never considered adding marijuana to the recipe. There is, however, much evidence to show that juicing raw cannabis can dramatically help relieve many chronic health issues, and add a strong layer of prevention.
YOU’VE UNDOUBTEDLY heard about smoking marijuana and baking marijuana into brownies and cookies – even making harsh oil from marijuana — but have you ever heard of, or considered juicing marijuana leaves?
Seriously. Just like juicing cucumber, kale, celery, carrots, apples and the like… add to the mix, marijuana!
This was news to me. And as I read about it and watched videos about it, I marveled at what might be the health benefits of juicing cannabis (marijuana).
Dr. William Courtney has extensively researched ingesting raw cannabis via juicing, says it’s a vegetable, and cites several benefits, such as helping with:
- Free radicals
Obviously there are challenges to juicing cannabis. There are the obvious legal hurdles to grow or buy it. And there’s the issue of quantity.
If you juice cannabis, you need a lot more of it than if you use it heated, either smoking it or baking it, or making an oil of it. Depending on the size, you may need half a plant per day.
In case you’re wondering how anybody could function ingesting that much marijuana, know that when you ingest it raw, cannabis has no psychotropic effect; meaning, you don’t get high.
Only by heating marijuana does it become able to get you “high”.
There are serious people investigating the juicing of marijuana, and so I believe we’ll be hearing more about it in the near future.
Curious? If so, view the three videos below.
These first two are mainly centered on the work of Dr. Courtney and the benefits of juicing cannabis that accrued to one particular patient who had a long litany of chronic ailments.
In the third video below, the history of marijuana in this country, including efforts to both suppress and extol its medicinal value, is reviewed in the PBS documentary called Clearing the Smoke, The Science of Cannabis.
I found it enlightening to learn about all the traditionally trained medical doctors advocating the use of medical marijuana, as well as the intimate portraits of those patients who have been helped.
For more information about juicing marijuana, check out the Cannabis International Foundation website. As it says on the home page:
“Here you’ll find peer-reviewed scientific articles about the latest research, updates on Cannabis’ ever-changing legal status in the US and elsewhere, interviews with important figures, practical advice for using Dietary Cannabis, Global Intellectual Property pertaining to cannabis, self directed internet study courses ranging from 30 minutes to 300 hours.”
A personal note: I don’t use marijuana in any of its various forms, nor do I consider myself an advocate of it. But I must say that I smell a skunk when it comes to this topic; meaning, I believe there are purely political and economic factors that over ride common sense when it comes to medical marijuana.”
My 2 cents. What’s yours? Let us know in the Comments section
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Published on March 19, 2012