Juicing with Ganja: Here’s to Your Health

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Green juices are the latest “it” health craze, crowding the shelves of Whole Foods nation-wide. Juice cleanses are adopted by celebrities and health gurus alike for a healthy route to weight loss and cleaner living, and many people now start their day with a tall glass of green juice – either made at home or […]

Green juices are the latest “it” health craze, crowding the shelves of Whole Foods nation-wide. Juice cleanses are adopted by celebrities and health gurus alike for a healthy route to weight loss and cleaner living, and many people now start their day with a tall glass of green juice – either made at home or picked up at one of the thousands of juice bars that have sprung up in the last several years.

You’re probably thinking, “so what?” Well, studies show that the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant are not limited to its buds, but are also found in its leaves. Where it is legal, medical marijuana patients that prefer to forgo any psychoactive effects are turning instead to juicing the raw leaves.

The positive qualities of cannabis are becoming abundantly clear, with patients young and old benefiting from its medicinal properties in various forms – whether they prefer the traditional route of smoking, ingesting them as edibles or drinks. For one California resident, Kristen Peskuski – who claims to have put her systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and internal cysts into remission – juicing marijuana leaves was just what the doctor, her husband Dr. William Courtney, ordered.[1]

What is it about the raw leaves that make them a great alternative to the classic options? The raw plant is loaded with a non-psychoactive, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant called cannabidiol (cbd), which also happens to interfere with the amount of thc your brain processes – balancing marijuana’s well known psychotropic effect.[2] This allows patients to reap the benefits of a healthier treatment and avoid the feeling of memory loss, and change in mood, perception or behavior.

Yet, despite the fact that prescription drugs kill over 100,000 people a year, innocent marijuana remains a Schedule I drug – impeding the much needed increase of meaningful medical research on weed’s amazing healing properties. In the meantime, Kristen and her life changing transformation is living proof of the benefits cannabis holds, specifically the ones found in its raw leaves when juiced.[3]

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1. Vick, Karl. “Form of medical marijuana won’t get you high, but it’s creating a buzz” The Washington Post. 1 June. 2010. Article.
2. Laydeem. “Juicing Raw Cannabis for Greater Health.” Berkeley Patients Care Collective. Article.
3. Walia, Arjun. “Shocking Results: Woman Replaces 40 Medications With Raw Cannabis Juice.” Collective-Evolution.com. 03 Sep. 2013. Article.