Popular belief may deem marijuana to be the wicked drug that gets users high and “stoned”, but it seems that the marijuana plant is actually more than the herb that prompts giggly scenes in movies.
In raw form, marijuana, a.k.a. cannabis, is technically just a “vegetable”, and like most vegetables is packed with a lot of nutrients, in this case – a non-psychoactive, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound called cannabidiol or CBD (though we are not suggesting you should add this to your “five veg a day quota”).
CBD has been dubbed a miracle food in California and Colorado, USA, where the benefits of marijuana or cannabis, which include relieving convulsion, anxiety and nausea, have been used to prevent and reverse chronic illnesses such as cancer.
While we’re not endorsing the act of rolling a joint and lighting it up for recreational purposes, perhaps it’s time to redirect our focus away from the act of smoking cannabis to drinking it instead.
Juicing cannabis leaves and buds, according to Dr. William Courtney, a medical marijuana expert and founder of Cannabis International, is one of the best ways to obtain CBD.
In this video, Dr. Courtney explains the science behind the effects of CBD on the human body, and shares a real life story of a young patient who, diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 16, used cannabis juice to help reduce her pain and ease her symptoms.
The video also draws inspiration from an article published in The Scientific American entitled Brain’s Own Marijuana, which discusses the idea that our body produces compounds similar to those found in cannabis.
But despite scientific findings and real life testimonials supporting the usage of cannabis for medicinal reasons, governments and people around the world are still unreceptive to legalizing it, although countries like The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Israel are among those that conditionally allow it.
In America, the “vegetable” is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug with “no currently accepted use”, although California and Colorado are two of the few states to close one eye to the idea. Former Chief Law Judge at the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Francis Young, has even quoted, “In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume.”
What do you think about using cannabis or marijuana as medicine? Would you be open to cannabis smoothies if it was a safer and more organic mean to aid and heal the sick (and not illegal)? Watch this video and let us know!