Wake up to the incredible health benefits of non-psychoactive cannabis in its raw form. Juicing raw cannabis leaves and fresh buds along with other fruits and vegetables will add balance to your lifestyle, protect against diseases and supplement your diet with essential cannabinoid acids. You won’t feel mood-altering effects, making it appropriate for daytime use, or for patients who don’t desire inebriation.
In order to have a psychedelic effect from eating cannabis-infused foods, you must first decarboxylatethe cannabinoids by heating or drying the plant material. Fresh, live cannabis plants won’t get you high, because the THC is still in its acidic form. Known as THCa, this cannabinoid has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory benefits, and is best used much like a vitamin. Frequent ingestion can be useful in treating conditions such as ALS, autism, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis andneuropathic pain.
Popularized in Northern California around 2010 by Doctor William Courtney, raw cannabis juicing has been credited with extraordinary healing abilities. Personal testimonies abound, but Kristen Peskuski’s story is one of the most compelling. Plagued by ill health her entire life, Kristen suffered from systemic lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, and interstitial cystitis, leading to a series of painful medical procedures. At one point, her regimen of pharmaceutical drugs left Kristen practically comatose, and after failing to wake for 38 hours, her friends carried her to a hospital.
Peskuski noticed feeling relief after using cannabis, and was determined to learn more about it. Research led Kristen to believe that the root of her health problems could be endogenous cannabinoid deficiency syndrome, a speculative disorder that Dr. Ethan Russo believes to be related to “migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions that display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns.”
If naturally deficient cannabinoid levels could be the underlying cause of the many conditions alleviated by medical marijuana, using cannabis as a dietary supplement should boost the body’s endocannabinoid system and restore homeostasis. Getting the quantity of cannabinoids necessary to restore health means pursuing non-psychoactive options, since consuming psychoactive THC constantly can make it difficult to get off the couch! Under Dr. Courtney’s care, Kristen began juicing cannabis every day, and was eventually able to heal herself and resume a normal life. She was even able to successfully become pregnant and give birth to a healthy daughter, even after countless doctors had said that her endometriosis would make motherhood impossible.
To start juicing at home, first find a juicing machine. There are two main types, masticating juicers, which grind the fibrous leaves, and centrifugal juicers, which send the veggies through a spinning discthat separates the juice from the pulp. You can use either type of machine successfully, although the masticating machines tend to be more efficient for a leafy green like cannabis since they were designed for making wheatgrass shots. Find juicers easily through the secondhand market, since many are given as gifts and never used.
Healthy Cannabis Juice:
3 lbs cannabis leaves (can use spinach, kale, chard also)
4 apples, quartered
4 golden beets, quartered (red beets stain)
3 stalks of celery, quartered
½ cucumber, quartered lengthwise
2 lemons, quartered lengthwise
1 piece of ginger as big as your thumb
Roughly chop your veggies so they will fit easily down the tube of the juicer. Soak and rinse your cannabis leaves to ensure no dust or bugs are on the surface.
Turn juicer on, position a catch cup or pitcher into front of the spout, and begin to juice. Alternate clumps of cannabis leaves with apples, celery, lemons or cucumber pieces to keep the fibrous pulp moving through the machine. Empty your catch cup as it fills, and skim the foam from your finished juice. Cheers to your good health!
BY Elise McDonough (High Times)