Could Marijuana Smoothies be the Next Big Thing?
What do you think? Have you tried them? Will you?
Personally I haven’t tried them yet. But considering that even the US government hold patents to treat inflammatory diseases with marijuana, why should we not? People with autoimmune diseases tend to suffer from severe pain. So it is understandable that more and more and more people considering marijuana juices and smoothies to manage pain.
Here is the story of Kate Marsh, who has been using marijuana for some time to manage her rheumatoid arthritis, as told by Julie Relevant…
Every morning, Katie Marsh starts her day with a green smoothie— infused with marijuana. Marsh, of Madawaska, Maine, blends up yogurt, fruit and thawed, juiced marijuana. “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.
Anybody dealing with an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, knows that the medicine prescribed for the disease has horrible side effects and that the medicine can not actually cure the disease. Its only promise is to arrest the worsening of symptoms and to help manage pain. Not the best of prognosis…
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 condition worsened. She would wake up about 10 times a night because she was in so much pain…
Living 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?”
She met Dr. William Courtney, a physician, researcher and leading expert in raw dietary marijuana who is based in Mendocino, Calif. Once she learned what strains to look for, she obtained a bag from a grower and started juicing it every day.
Having found a “natural medicine” to try as an alternative and using it every day, she says…
“I saw results very quickly. Within a matter of a couple of days I was able to stop the prednisone and ibuprofen.”
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.
This leaves us with the question? Is marijuana the new kale? Should we be juicing and blending it the same way we blend and juice kale?
“When it’s consumed as a leafy green vegetable, you get the whole profile of the plant,” Dr Courtney said.
Unlike heated forms of cannabis— smoked, vaporized 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 and day out is overwhelmingly positive with patients who are using it,” he 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.
Experts agree, unlike smoking pot, there’s little risk to juicing cannabis.
For Marsh, who has written a book, “Juicing Cannabis for Healing,” and now obtains the plant from marijuana caregivers and also grows her own, she hopes she’ll always have access to it.
What do you think? Do you think marijuana smoothies are the next big thing? If you were suffering from debilitating pain, will you try it? Do you have moral objections to juicing or blending marijuana? Please share your opinion?
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