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Every morning, Katie Marsh starts her day with
a green smoothie---infused with cannabis. Marsh,
of Madawaska, Maine, blends up yogurt, fruit and
thawed, juiced cannabis.
"To drink it straight is kind of bitter, but it s not
at all objectionable in a smoothie," she said. Marsh s
unusual recipe stems from being diagnosed with
rheumatoid arthritis, three years ago. The autoimmune
disease causes painful swelling in the hands and feet.
She was prescribed prednisone and a low-dose antibi-
otic. The latter only made her symptoms worse.
Her doctor suggested she take disease-modifying
antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), but she knew the
risk of side effects, including liver damage, was too
severe. "I white-knuckled it through the pain and only
took pain killers when I absolutely needed them," she
said. Marsh wanted a natural way to find relief so she
saw a holistic doctor and started making drinks with
turmeric and ginger, which he told her would fight
inflammation. Yet nothing was working and her con-
dition worsened. She would wake up about ten times
a night because she was in so much pain.
"It got so bad that I had trouble getting out of bed,
getting off and on the toilet and even dressing myself,"
in California at the time, Marsh thought about
obtaining her medical marijuana card so she could
smoke pot to try to eliminate some of the pain and
cut down on the medications. When she told her
friend about her plans, her friend suggested, "Why
don t you juice it instead?"
Since Marsh had already been growing and juicing
wheat grass and making other types of green juices,
it seemed like a no-brainer. She met Dr William Court-
ney, a physician, researcher and leading expert in raw
dietary cannabis who is based in Mendocino, California.
Once she learned what strains to look for, she obtained
a bag from a grower and started juicing it every day.
"I saw results very quickly. Within a matter of a
couple of days I was able to stop the prednisone and
ibuprofen," she said. Now, 11 months later, Marsh still
has a small amount of pain in her feet from damage
done by the rheumatoid arthritis, but her condition
is in remission. "When it s consumed as a leafy green
vegetable, you get the whole profile of the plant,"
Unlike heated forms of cannabis---smoked, vaporised
or in baked goods---raw dietary cannabis contains both
the terpenes, the aromatic compounds of the plant,
and the cannabinoids, the chemical compounds which
are also in the correct portion and ratio. Courtney
points to about 8,000 of his patients who have seen
positive effects from ingesting raw dietary cannabis,
whether it s juiced, blended, or chopped up and added
to cole slaw.
"My experience day in, day out is overwhelmingly
positive with patients who are using it," he said. A
study published in the journal Philosophical Trans-
actions of The Royal Society B found that when the
brain s cannabinoid system is activated, it triggers the
release of antioxidants that remove damaged cells and
improve the efficiency of the mitochondria, which
generate energy for the cells. This process, in turn
improves brain function.
"It s clear that this plant is incredibly important for
cell health, which at its best prevents disease," Courtney
said. In fact, the United States owns patents for cannabis
use for the prevention of diabetes and the treatment
of inflammation, inflammatory conditions and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Like any other leafy green vegetable, Courtney
believes cannabis should be in everyone s diet on a
regular basis. "You only need it as medicine when
you have forgotten it is food," he said.
The biggest distinction that juicing has over heated
forms of cannabis, however, is that it doesn t make
you high. This is useful for anyone taking raw dietary
cannabis, but particularly for cancer patients who
Is juicing raw marijuana
the next green drink?
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
have been sick for many years and have developed a
tolerance to THC, the chemical that causes the psy-
chological effects of marijuana.
Experts agree, unlike smoking pot, there s little risk
to juicing cannabis. (Fox News)
vaporized or in
the plant, and the
which are also in
portion and ratio.
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