:High 5:In California an adult may grow, buy and smoke marijuana, all while
remaining safely within the confines of state law. Dr.
William Courtney tells his patients “Don’t smoke the stuff. Eat it!” It
won’t get you high eaten raw, and juiced with a handful of carrots to cut the
bitter taste, its leaves and buds may well offer an important contribution to
getting people well.
Courtney juices carrots to cut the harsh taste of the
ingredients largely absent in the psychotropic variety of cannabis. Karl Vick
for The Washington Post
Kristen Peskuski summarized her return to near-full health—including
debilitating lupus, interstitial cystitis, rheumatoid arthritis and 40
medications a day—after juicing fresh pot leaves over a 30-month period.
Courtney’s approach promotes marijuana as a good-for-you vegetable like
Raw bud has a high concentration of cannabinoids and is excellent for
consumption. When consumed, raw marijuana generally does not make a person
high. The main psychoactive compound in dried, aged cannabis is delta-9 THC,
which is absent in the raw, fresh leaf. However, the other compounds, such as
the terpenes, may have an effect on mood or energy levels. Raw leaf contains
mainly THC acid (not THC) unless you are using a strain that is much higher in
CBD. In that case, you will be getting some CBD from the leaf. Leaves are
picked from a plant that is about three months of age. Buds should be at the
state where the trichomes are fully present but not yet amber (i.e.
Some of the benefits of raw cannabis include:
What are the “active” ingredients in raw cannabis if there is no
There are more than 525 molecules found in raw cannabis, some with
synergistic effects. According to Dr. Courtney it takes about 4-8 weeks before
full clinical benefit is reached. It takes that long to fully saturate the fat
tissue with phyto-cannabinoids. Phyto-cannabinoids are fat molecules that are
stored in the adipose or fat tissue similar to the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E
and K. It appears that a wheat grass juicer is probably the best
method of breaking up the cannabis plant cells. Mix with a minimal
amount of organic fruit or vegetable juice—just enough to cut the bitter taste
of the raw cannabis. Choose lower sugar juices to minimize your ingestion of
simple sugars. Store leaves in a green bag in the refrigerator; do not rinse
until immediately before using. Dr. Courtney recommends soaking leaves in water
for five minutes before juicing.
Use organic cannabis that does not have any pesticides applied at any point
in its life cycle. Dr. Courtney recommends using ten large fan leaves per day
in juice, salsa, pesto, salad, etc. If you have access to fresh bud, he
recommends one bud/day.
Cannabinoids and THCA are cleared rapidly from the blood, so frequent
consumption of a small amount of juice is ideal. Split the juice into five
parts for five divided doses per day.