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You’ve probably heard someone mention cannabis juice at some point or another, right? Not many people really know what it is because it’s still a relatively new way to consume cannabis without feeling any secondary effects.
This miracle cannabis juice recipe was invented by Dr. Courtney. This cannabis activist began studying the plant and created the juice, telling everyone that would listen about its amazing benefits – or at least the ones that he claims his plant can produce. It’s quite a peculiar way to consume cannabis, and scientists haven’t been able to confirm it fully.
Let’s have a closer look at what cannabis juice actually is.
What is cannabis juice?
Cannabis juice is made from leaves, stems, branches and buds from male and female cannabis plants. This drink reportedly has many health benefits and it can get rid of symptoms from certain illnesses or pains. It’s super easy to prepare, and anyone can do it easily in their own kitchen.
Who invented the drink itself?
Dr. William L. Courtney invented cannabis juice. This highly-regarded doctor is also an avid cannabis activist. He soon became a household name when one of his patients (Kristen Perkuski) that suffered from lupus (an illness that causes your own immune system to attach healthy cells) decided to take the treatment for her research and her many issues and symptoms got better and soon went into remission – she can now lead a normal life.
What are the benefits of drinking cannabis juice?
Cannabis and hemp plants have been studied for years now and we are all aware of their multiple health benefits. When it comes to cannabis juice, most of the benefits are due to the cannabinoids in your plants, such as THC, CBD, CBN and CBG. Chlorophyll is also incredibly beneficial, as well as the terpenes, flavonoids and alkaloids. Cannabis plants also contain a lot of magnesium and proteins. The main benefits, however, are thanks to the cannabinoids.
- Prevents illness.
- Improves your immune system.
- Prevents molecule oxidization.
- Improves and increases metabolism.
- Stimulates appetite.
- Helps scars to heal.
- Contains vitamins A, C and E.
- Oxygenates blood.
- Improves digestion.
Many of these benefits are thanks to chlorophyll, which can be used on its own thanks to its long list of benefits. Chlorophyll, on its own and in cannabis juice, is capable of:
- Reducing cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Helping ulcers heal.
- Improving calcium absorption.
- Improving memory.
- Balancing glucose levels.
- Fighting fungi and bacteria.
Some other reasons this juice is so reportedly good for you is that you’re consuming cannabinoids in their acidic form; THC-A, CBD-A etc. This means that they have almost no psychoactive effect at all, allowing you to make the most of every single medicinal benefit that cannabis has without getting super stoned.
When you decarb cannabis, cannabinoids lose their acidity and turn into psychoactive versions of themselves, in the case of THC, which goes from THC-A to normal THC. During this process, THCA and CBDA levels go down drastically.
Cannabis juice does not give any sensation of being high or stoned at all as long as it isn’t heated up or you haven’t used dried cannabis or dried leaves. In a worst case scenario, you might feel slightly buzzed due to the terpene combination. If you use decarbed weed, the effect is much more intense.
How do you make cannabis juice?
The first and most important step is choosing the material you’re going to make your juice with. Make sure to ONLY USE plants that have been grown 100% organically. Do not use plants that have been treated with chemicals or if you don’t know what they’ve been treated with. You’ll need to use pure water to wash the plant down, removing any dust or dirt that may have settled on it.
You’ll also need to use 100% fresh material – if the weed you use has dried up at all, it will not have the intended effect and you may get a slight high. It needs to come from a living plant.
The recommended quantity is 12 medium-sized leaves and a couple of early-harvested buds. You can also use small stems and branches.
Place the mixture in a blender with a little bit of water and mix until the texture is dense but liquidy. If it’s too dense you can add a bit more water and your medicinal cannabis juice is ready to go!
How often should you drink cannabis juice?
Once you’ve made your juice, divide it in three portions to drink throughout the day. Before taking it, we recommend mixing it with another type of natural juice such as carrot juice – 9 parts carrot juice per 1 part cannabis juice. This will improve and increase the benefits obtained and improve the flavor quite a lot too, making it easier to grow.
You can keep cannabis juice in the fridge for 3 days before it goes off.
Do not drink cannabis juice if you have gallbladder problems, kidney problems or if you’re taking anticoagulants.
Have you ever heard of cannabis juice? Do you know how to make it? Find out about its reportedly amazing medicinal benefits and the man who created it!
How to Make a Great-Tasting Cannabis Smoothie
Start with the buds, then bust out the juicer.
Katie Marsh doesn’t look like a stoner, but if you took away her cannabis smoothie, she’d probably clock you. Marsh began her morning ritual of juicing weed one year ago, four years after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She tried ibuprofen, prednisone, and wheatgrass. But nothing eased her chronic pain.
A light went on when a friend suggested she try juicing marijuana. “It just struck me as something that might work because it’s very green,” the mother of two, who lives in Madawaska, Maine, tells Esquire. After meeting with cannabis researcher Dr. William Courtney in California, she bought a bag and started juicing it every day. “It wasn’t my goal to be high,” Marsh, 47, says matter-of-factly. “My goal was pain relief.”
Today Marsh’s disease is in remission, through experts say the verdict is out on whether it’s due to the juice. “The acidic form of THC in test tubes has some effect on enzymes involved in inflammation,” says David Casarett, M.D., whose book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana (Current), is out now. “In theory, there’s reason to think the acidic form has some effects.” Still, he admits there’s no definitive proof.
For those eager to try a cannabis shake, Rich shared a favorite recipe from her self-published book, Juicing Cannabis for Healing. — Jill Krasny
Katie Rich shares a smoothie recipe from her self-published book, Juicing Cannabis for Healing.