Should You Be Adding Raw Cannabis to Your Smoothie?
Posted on 15 November 2016
A GROWING list of medical doctors are extolling the health benefits of consuming the non- psychotropic (no “high”) raw cannabis leaf, but most Americans will never get to find out if it’s useful for them.
That’s because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug and has been declared to have no accepted medical use. This consistently intractable position by the US Federal government is slowly being challenged and circumvented by various States, such as Washington.
In Washington, a person can smoke marijuana without persecution from State authorities, and – with a doctor’s prescription – a resident there can grow up to 15 marijuana plants for personal use.
Heating marijuana “turns on” the psychotropic properties that get you “high”, which for some people is helpful for pain relief, among other benefits.
That’s interesting for sure, but what I find more intriguing are the potential health benefits of juicing or blending the unheated, raw cannabis leaf into a smoothie, as I showed you in the video above.
As reported by Natural News:
In raw form, marijuana leaves and buds are actually loaded with a non-psychoactive, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer nutrient compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) that is proving to be a miracle “superfood” capable of preventing and reversing a host of chronic illnesses.
According to Dr. William Courtney, a medical marijuana expert and founder of Cannabis International, CBDs bridge the gap of neurotransmission in the central nervous system, including in the brain, by providing a two-way system of communication that completes a positive “feedback loop”, which mimics the body’s own natural two-way communications system.
The result, say doctors who study CBDs in raw cannabis leaf, is that individuals whose systems are compromised by autoimmune disorders, cellular dysfunction, chronic inflammation, cancer cells, and various other illnesses can derive a wide range of health-promoting benefits simply by consuming CBDs.
If you’re lucky enough to have access to them, one of the best ways to obtain CBDs is to juice raw marijuana leaves and buds, according to Dr. Courtney.
Dr. Ethan Russo, a Seattle, Washington-area physician says this about CBDs in our bodies:
CBD works on receptors, and as it turns out, we have cannabinoids in our bodies, endogenous cannabinoids, that turn out to be very effective at regulating immune functions, nerve functions, bone functions.
In San Francisco, works one of the most preeminent medical researchers of cannabis, Dr. Donald Abrams.
Dr. Abrams is chief of Hematology Oncology, at San Francisco General Hospital, and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
His work on cannabis has made him an advocate of using it for medical purposes.
Dr. Abrams says this,
If cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforest today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could of all of the potential benefits of the plant. Unfortunately, it carries with it a long history of being a persecuted plant.
In the first video below, Dr. Abrams has a conversation with Reason.tv about the science of medical cannabis.
He also appears in the second video, where he provides some unique insight into the benefits of ingesting medical cannabis in its raw form and introduces the newest technique for doing so, juicing.
Of course, as I demonstrated in my own video at the start of this post, you can simply add the raw marijuana leaf to the other ingredients of your favorite smoothie.