Dr. Courtney’s raw cannabis juice

Dr. Courtney: Marijuana and Psychiatry

Doctor William L. Courtney has a solid medical education. After obtaining the Doctorate in Medicine at the Wayne State University (USA) and doing his internship at the Psychiatry Medical Center of California, he obtained his post doctorate on legal medicine. Dr. Courtney is currently member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, the International Assotiation of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Clinical Cannabis. Furthermore, he has also teached Continuing Medical Education courses in clinical cannabis .

Doctor William Courtney

Dr Courtney has become the foremost specialist on cannabis juice

The favourite research field of this american doctor is the daily use of marijuana, with a 250-500mg intake of phytocannabinoids in the form of non-psychoactive acid, which the doctor considers to be essential nutrients. During the last years, Dr. Courtney has shown his investigtions to many other doctors; during his speech Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island – April, 2010 –  at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry of Bonn – June, 2010 – at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – November, 2010 – or in his speech at the International Cannabinoid Research Society in Chicago – July, 2011. 

Dr. Courtney is also vice-president of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Méthodes Préventives, that use his recipies for making raw marijuana juice. He also works with those cannabis dispensaries that want to offer cannabis juices to all their therapeutical users with serious diseases. He has also started several medical research laboratories in California

The Power of RAW Cannabis (2012)

Kristen Peskuski, first patient healed with raw cannabis juice

Dr. Courtney’s most interesting story is about his wife Kristen Peskuski. Kristen suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus for many years, an autoimmune disorder that damages the connective tissues of several organs. When her health status greatly improved after consuming raw marijuana juice every day, they were confident that they had found a viable treatment for certain chronic diseases. Kristen used to take about 40 medicines every day, while today she only takes them occasionaly, for some specific symptoms.

Although her gynecologist was sceptical at the beginning – even hostile of the idea of using cannabis as medicine – he subsequently stated:  “It is a miracle, a story that deserves being told”. After a medical evaluation, the gynecologist carefully studied Kristen’s expedient to verify her previous health state. On the basis of her medical history, he caimed that Kristen “was about to die…and any medicine eminence  could help her, could neither know what was happening nor how to proceed. That’s why they contacted Dr. Courtney, who saved her life.” Courtney initially prescribed her dry marijuana capsules, and then he gave her raw cannabis juice.

Kristen Peskuski

Kristen Peskuski was Dr. Courtney’s patient before becoming his wife

Doctors had told Kristen that she could never have a baby, however, she gave birth to a healthy girl without any medical intervention or treatment for pain. Nowadays, Kristen and her daughter are healthy, strong and radiant. Kristen Peskuski truly believes that cannabis saved her life; she tells that “when I take marijuana juice, I feel more focused, more alert. I breathe better. I have neither heartburn nor gastric disorders, I don’t feel muscle weakness or pelvic and back pains. Now that I feel good, my aim is to help other people with the same problem than mine, so they have all the information on raw cannabis juice.”

Dr. Courtney shares his wife’s passion for helping other people with marijuana and states: “I’m happy to know that my patients don’t need medicines anymore, which caused them ulcers, stomach hemorrhages or liver injuries – that pain and anti-inflammatory medicines usually cause. We believe that spreading this information is worth fighting for. Why deprive someone of reducing the risks of a tumor, a heart attack or diabetes?”

LEAF (The Health Benefits of Juicing Raw Cannabis) (2012)

Doctor Courtney continues: “Go and visit Amber; at age 2, she was diagnosed with an end-stage brain tumor. With the classic treatment, she had a 10% chance to survive. After surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, tumors were still developing; the doctors recommended Amber’s parents to take her home and wait for what’s inevitable.  A month later, Amber’s parents started to notice a change. Tumors were decreasing in size and number; the family had started to make juice with raw cannabis leafs, giving the child a few mililiters every day.

The fact that such an important institution like the National Cancer Institute has recently recognized the anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids shows that the situation is progressing at the highest level.  But this issue has a dark side: if marijuana is finally and officially recognized as a benefitial plant, companies like Monsanto will soon create and distribute cannabis seeds genetically modified to be sterile and Roundup Ready.”

Composition and therapeutic properties of the raw marijuana juice

In natural form, marijuana is a super-nutrient, rich in essential nutrients capable of preventing and healing many diseases, since we can not sintetize these essential nutrients: essential fatty acids, essential aminoacids, fibers, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids, terpenes,…without forgetting the renowned phytocannabinoid acids.

Marijuana can be consumed raw

Marijuana is a concentrate of essential nutrients and cannabinoids in acid, non-psychoactive form.

Humans have an endogenous cannabinoid system that controls many cell functions. 525 different molecules have been identified in the cannabis plant. Some of them act as modulators, facilitating the regulation of the cell physiology of the endeogenous cannabinoid system. The main component found in raw cannabis plants is THCA, which – along with other phytocannabinoids – interact with the immune system. Recently harvested marijuana plants also contain cannabinoids in acid form: THCA, CBDA, CBGA…which are non-psychoative.

Patients become euphoric with THC doses between 10 and 20mg, while they can take complete doses – 200/1000mg – of other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Many patients don’t tolerate THC due to its psychoactivity, which interferes with their daily activities, even when it does improve several symptoms. When cannabis is ripe or heated, cannabinoids decarboxilate, what reduces the tolerable dose from 2000 to 10mg. The result is the loss of the anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-proliferative – anti-cancerous – properties of cannabinoids.

Cannabinoid extraction for nutrition

Marihuana can be consumed in multiple ways, like capsules, powder or raw juice

THCA is a potent agonist of TRPA1 receptor, and antagonist of TRPM8 receptor (Source: JPET),what could explain its analgesic action, taking a prominent role in the treatment of prostate cancer. THCA has also antiemetic properties (Source: NCBI) and protects dopamine neurons from degeneration, what could be a great help for Parkinson treatments (Source: NCBI).

CBDA has the same properties than THCA in both TRPA1 and TRPM8 receptors, but it is also agonist of TRPV1 receptor and inhibitory of COX-2 (ciclooxigenase-2), an enzyme complex that has a very important role in inflammations. CBDA also has the potential of fighting against the mutation of tumoral cells (Source: NCBI), which are highly invasive in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (Source: NCBI). CBDA has also influence on 5-HT1A serotonin receptors, what could partially explain its anti-nausea properties (Source: NCBI).

Acid cannabinoids CBDA and CBGA are known for being strong antagonists of GPR55 pro-inflammatory receptor (Source: JBC). Thus, cannabinoid acids have anti-inflammatory properties 2 to 4 times more efficient than cannabinoids in neutral form, which have been studied for the last 30 years.

We can still highlight another interesting property of acid cannabinoids: the acid carboxylic group is hydrophile, what means that these acid cannabinoids are partially soluble in water compared to decarboxylated cannabinoids – THC, CBD… – which are not.

A nice meal with marijuana

To enjoy the benefits of cannabis we can include a Raw Marijuana Juice at each meal

The N° 6 630 507 United States patent states that some cannabinoids have useful therapeutic effects, which are not activated by cannabinoid receptors and, consequently, don’t have psychoactive effects. Furthermore, this absence of psychoactivity allows very high doses without non-desired side effects.

Dr. Courtney claims that these cannabinoids help the regulatory system of our body to be more efficient. In summary, they are nutrients that help to better regulate the performance of our 210 types of body cells. We are not talking here about their use as a medicine, but simply as essential nutrients.

The best way to spread this message is to have good information and to know what one is talking about. One of the first reactions when speaking of using marijuana is identifying it with its psychoactive effects. Marijuana in natural form is not psychoactive, sice THC is in acid form, THCA. This THCA can be decarboxylated to psychoactive THC over time – drying, ripening, storing – and/or because it is heated – combustion, vaporization,cooking.

Marijuana can be used in several ways

By combining different extractions we can use a large number of cannabinoids

Doctor Courtney continues:  “If you heat the plant, you get decarboxylated THCA – THC –  and you will have psychoactive effects with only 10mg of THC. If it is not heated, you can take from 500 to 600mg of THCA, use it as essential nutrient and enjoy the antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that these high doses offer you.

This spectacular increase of the dose – from 10mg of psychoactive THC to 500-600mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, CBGA – explains the main difference between traditional medicinal cannabis and this new alternative daily use of cannabinoids. However, other substances of the plant, such as aromatic molecules , may affect mood or energy levels.

Marijuana is an incredibly complex plant, whose synergic components are still not totally catalogued and studied. Meanwhile, it is up to every consumer to identify the most suitable strain to improve his/her health.”

The proportion of cannabinoids varies from one cannabis plant to another; however, we still don’t have studies or analysis about which parts of the plant contain more or less specific cannabinoids.  For this reason, it seems that the most recommendable way to consume it is using the entire plant, leafs and flowers.

There are currently on the market different strains rich in CBD . The ideal CBD dose per person is 5-20mg per Kg of body weight. For a person weighing 70kg, 7gr of 5% CBD marijuana are needed for a dose of 5mg of CBD per Kg of body weight, while 35gr of 1% CBD marijuana will be needed to consume the same amount of this therapeutic cannabinoid.

Hemp crop in Luxembourg

Doctor William Courtney legally extracts CBD in Europe from hemp

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a potent antioxidant for lipids, more efficient than vitamin E. That is why it is so useful for preventing diseases caused by alcohol and radiations, as well as CNS – Central Nervous System – diseases (myelopathy, encephalopathy), since CBD is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and so acting as antioxidant on brain neurones. CBD also has antiepilectic, antiproliferative and antidystonia properties.

Decarboxylation of CBDA to CBD needs a slightly higher temperature than decarboxylation of THCA to THC. Therefore, if you want to transform the CBDA of a plant to CBD, you will also have to transform THCA to THC.

The average THC dose for those who don’t have problems with its psychoactivity is from 10 to 20mg. If we make a juice of a 10gr ripe marijuana bud with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio (5%) we will get up to 500mg of THCA and 500mg of CBDA. If this juice is accidentally heated, a 500mg THC dose will we achieved, that is to say, approximatelly 50 times the needed dose to feel high!

Raw marijuana juice preparation and conservation tips

Consuming marijuana in natural form is the only way to enjoy all the benefits of the plant. Extracting its juice is the best way to use cannabis as nutrient , but it is also possible to chew and swallow recently harvested – fresh – marijuana buds and leafs. Using a juice extractor is highly recommended when processing a large amount of leafs, while a blender will be perfect for shredding buds. Using a blender for the buds instead of a juice extractor reduces the loss of cannabinoids, since these are attached to the juice extractor filter.

Raw marijuana juice extraction

Diluting cannabis juice with different fruits is recommended to lessen its strong vegetable taste

Recently harvested marijuana can be stored in airtight bags in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Once the juice is extracted, it can be stored either with ice in the fridge up to 3 days, or in the freezer for several months.

Before extracting their juice, it is recommended to clean the leafs and soak them in cold water for 5 minutes. Check that all leafs are perfectly clean before soaking them, even if they were grown orcanically. If our plants received any kind of phytosanitary treatment (insecticides, fungicides, acaricides,…) they are not suitable for making cannabis juice.

Marijuana and fruit juice

We can use male cannabis leafs to make a delicious raw marijuana juice mixed with fruits

Buds have higher concentration of cannabinoids than leafs, and therefore are an excellent method of consumption if one has sufficient supplies. Both leafs and buds are extremely benefitial, but combining them is ideal. Marijuana buds must have their trichomes of withe/milky colour, there should not be anyone amber. You can use plant’s leafs either in their growing or flowering stage.

Male plants – from regular seeds – hermaphrodite plants  or even all the trimming can be used to make raw marijuana juice. The main difficulty to supply ourselves with raw cannabis juice during all the year is, obviously, having enough green matter for the whole year. It would be perfect germinating one marijuana seed every day so, over time, we can harvest one plant every day.

Juice extractor processing marijuana leafs

A juice extractor allows us to easily extract marijuana juice from its leafs

To ensure that his patients consume 250-500mg of acid phytocannabinoids every day, Dr Courtney recommends taking care with plants grown too close to indoor bulbs or other possible heat sources. Sometimes, when plants are too close from HPS bulbs , the heat produced by the lighting system can decarboxylate THCA to THC. This could also happen in outdoor plants when they reach their flowering peak and the climate is too hot, although it is not usual.

If you want to process an entire plant, or a large amount of green matter, you should allow to cool your juice extractor from time to time. If your extractor is too hot, it may produce decarboxylation of cannabinoids during the extraction, what will make the juice to be psychoactive; a cup of hot marijuana juice is equal to several tens of joints.

Marijuana ice cubes

We can freeze our marijuana juice and make ice cubes with it

Doctor William Courtney recommends consuming oil from hemp seeds every day,  salads with sprouted cannabis seeds and 120-240ml of raw marijuana juice, divided into 5 doses (500mg of CBD cannabidiol). Doctor Courtney states that “it is great because we use non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but that actually saturate the body, facilitating its regulation”. According to him, this diet reduces the risks of cancer, heart attacks (66%) and insulin-dependent diabetes (58%).

The taste of raw marijuana juice is strong and “green”, so it is recommended to mix it with other fruit juices or foods: lemon juice, yogurt, oil from hemp seeds , fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, turmeric and other spices, which will be the perfect supplement for cannabis juice. Dr. Courtney claims:  “I started to make marijuana juice with carrots. I took 4 every morning, and 4 more every afternoon, but after taking carrot juice for several months my skin was starting to turn orange. That is why I now use broccoli and beet“.

Usually, patients start taking 1-3mg of fresh grinded buds to ensure that there are neither allergic reactions nor psychoactivity. Once accustomed to this dose, it can be progressively  increased from 10 to 15gr of fresh, raw cannabis buds every day. As a supplement, consume about 30gr of fresh leafs every day, even more if you have sufficient plant production .

Raw marijuana juice distribution

Step by step, american cannabis dispensaries are starting to offer their patients raw marijuana juice

The juice will be more efficient if we divide it in several intakes, since our body eliminates it very fast, aproximately 50 minutes after its assimilation by the intestinal tract. If we have 300ml of raw cannabis juice, we will make 5 intakes of 60ml during the day, every 3-4 hours. Keep the juice with ice and shake it before using it, so the fatty acids are evenly distributed in the watery part of the juice.

Doctor Courtney warns those patients with kidneys and gall bladder problems that cannabis juice in natural form poses some risks. Marijuana juice is not recommended for hypercalciuria or hyperoxaluria. Finally, doctor Courtney points out that patients consuming medicines whose efficiency could be decreased by grapefruit or pomegranate juice should inform their doctor before starting a diet with marijuana juice; the same happens if patients use anticoagulants (like Coumadín). Most leafs from plants contain large proportions of vitamin K, which can impede the liver to metabolize these medicines.

Preparation of raw marijuana juice

Mixed with carrots or fruits, raw marijuana juice is an excellent choice for our health, and non-psychoative

According to Dr. Courtney, some effects of the raw cannabis juice may appear 3 days after the first intake, while others can take a few weeks. We must consume raw marijuana juice from 4 to 8 weeks before noticing its benefitial properties, since phytocannabinoids are slowly accumulated in fatty tissues, just like liphophilic vitamins (A, D, E, K).

Mariellen Jurkovitch, director of the Humbolt Patient Resource Center, notices a great improvement in the patient’s health. She states that smoking marijuana lessened the pain of several patients and improved their life quality, but that she could not actually observe a true improvement in their health; raw marijuana, in its natural form, changed her point of view. She claims that while making the juice and cleaning the extractor means a lot of work, “people that do it love it, because they can see results“.

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July 28, 2014 | Medical marijuana
106 Comments


106 comments on “Dr. Courtney’s raw cannabis juice

  1. LoveLife

    There is not much that changes the stigma quiet like Dr. William Courtney’s juicing regimens. The science behind how the juice stays non-psychoactive and supports the entire Endocannabinoid System is fascinating! I was hard pressed to find alternatives that supported the entourage effect while maintaining normal cognitive function until I found CannaMin. Promote telomere restoration and an enhanced quality of life with raw absorb-able nutrition. I’ve never felt so good, and neither have my friends and family. Using this plant as a dietary supplement is clearly the right direction. I encourage others to at least give it a try!

    CannaMin is approved by Dr. William Courtney and available as both a drink and capsule.

    1. VapoMan

      Hi LoveLife! Thank you for your opinion. We also think that raw cannabis has a lot of power, but personally, I’ve never tried it yet :P. Is this CannaMint available in europe? Do you have any more details, please? 🙂

  2. rama

    reliable post about cannabis

    1. VapoMan

      Thank you, rama! 🙂 We love that you like it 🙂

  3. Knicks Snapback

    Excellent way of explaining, and pleasant post to get data about my presentation subject matter, which i am going to present in university.

    1. Dani

      Hello,

      We are glad this post helped you with your subject, thanks for your kind comment!

      Best vibes!

  4. Paul Pot

    I love my wheatgrass juice.
    Has anyone tried the 2 together?
    Would the sweetness of the wheat grass balance the herb juice?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Paul,

      Excellent idea!! I guess you get a tastier juice, and probably even healthier!!

      My turn now: what about mixing weed leafs with basil, olive oil, pine nuts and walnuts? Best Pesto sauce ever!! 😉

      Thanks for your comment,

      Best vibes!

  5. Jo-Anne Christie

    I am interested in learning more as I am dealing with breast cancer(triple negative). Is there anything you could send me that I can present to my doctors?
    I am in i Alberta, Ca Ada. Also, do you know of any doctors in Canada that are knowledgable and are supportive of using marijuana or cannabis oil? I recently learned of a clinic in Ontario, but haven’t contacted them directly yet.
    Any assistance would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Joa-Anne,

      Sorry to hear about that. Unfortunately, we are in Spain so it is really hard for us recommending any clinic or doctor, any suggestion from us would be basically speculating. We do have contact with spanish doctors who are using cannabis as treatment, but we don’t know anyone directly in Canada. Perhaps you could try Oasis Medical, Alberta, Canada.
      Let’s hope someone can help you on this, it is our wish that any medical patient can have the needed treatment.

      Thanks for your comment,

      Best luck!

  6. Bob Davis

    We are trying this now and it appears to be working just as explained in this article. The only problem is there are just not enough leaves produced to make enough juice to have it every day. When you live where they demonized it, then it’s very hard to explain that it really works this way and others make jokes out of this new way to use it. Actually mixed with different fruits and veggies it tastes really good and helps with our medical problems. Thanks for studying this new method and doing the research.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hello Bob,

      It is so sad that people can’t have access to a medicine that heals them. In his regulatory madness, man has undermined what we believe to be fundamental rights, like growing plants at home or treating a disease. Is anyone being harmed by our activity? Are we damaging someone by growing flowers at home?

      I hope some day we’ll all have the right to grow our own cannabis at home and people like you won’t be pursued by the Law just because you want to grow some flowers and heal from your disease. That day, mankind will have taken a step forward regarding Ethics and Moral.

      Thanks for your comment, we are glad this post was useful for you.

      Best vibes!

  7. Jason Houston

    Hello,

    I am very interested in making a marijuana extraction by juicing. I have a large quantity of leaves that i would like to juice and make as a tincture and donate to the dispensary into a 2 oz. dropper bottle. I can’t seem to find away to make a tincture from juicing and to add that does not require heat. I want to stabilize the juice so that it could last for a few months. Help anyone.

  8. Lisa G

    Need to know where to get the reputable juice.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Lisa G,

      I guess the easiest way is to grow your own plants, since you don’t even need to have them flowering to make the juice, you only need leaves.
      I don’t know if any dispensary, etc. is offering the juice, sorry.

      Best vibes!

  9. Susie Jane

    What about juicing leaves that have been fed nutrients for growth, not any insecticide.

    What about Neem being used on the leaves in the early stage, then rinsed off?

    How early can you start juicing the plants?

    What difference in health benefits of the various stages of growth?

    Thank you for all the information you are giving us.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Susie Jane,

      If you want to make juice from the leaves of your plants, it would be better not to feed/spray them. If you have fed/sprayed your plants I would rinse off the leaves 2-3 times and wait for about a week.

      You can start juicing your plants at an early stage, although if you remove all the leaves from the plant this will die. Waiting a bit to have a bigger plant is better, since in this way we can remove enough leaves for our juice but the plant won’t die, developing new shoots and leaves in few days.

      I not sure on this one, but I guess the benefits are the same. A different case would be using leaves with trichomes (once the plant is flowering), these leaves surely have a much higher amount of cannabinoids and terpenes than before the flowering stage.

      Thanks for your confidence,

      Best vibes!

  10. Mark

    Hi
    Thank you for posting this very helpful article.
    My wife has progressive MS which we are aiming to treat with CBD crew yummy raw cannabis plants.
    Our concern is how to store the fresh raw green plant without it drying out (last time we tried to store it it eventually dried out and made my wife very high so we had to through it all away)
    We were wondering if we could very finely chop (or blend) the whole fresh plant (including the prepared root) add a little water and other juice flavouring and freeze in small trays to be used over the following months.
    Just wondering if you have any experience/thoughts on this method ?

    Thank you

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hello Mark,

      I guess there won’t be any problem, you can freeze fresh material and store it for months. Perhaps the juice will be darker in colour; when you freeze fresh plant material, a phenomenon known as ice nucleation occurs, since the water between the cells crystallizes and pierces the tissues of the plant, allowing chrolophyll to escape and mix with the water. This dones not happen if you use chilled material from your fridge, but of course you can’t have fresh plant material in the fridge for months (just few days), it should be stored in the freezer for long term use.

      Hope it helped,

      Best vibes!

  11. Kristen

    My husband was diagnosed with lymphoma a couple weeks ago and is undergoing chemo, and I’ve just started juicing. I have a wonderful friend that is giving us leaves and raw buds, and he’s so eager to help. He’s giving me different strains at various levels of maturity to experiment with, but I thought I’d ask and see what you recommend.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Kristen,

      The best thing you can do is triyng these different strains and see which ones work best for you. Dr. Courtney says that using clear/white trichomes is better than amber ones, so you can start with your less mature plants and check results.

      Best of lucks, and thanks for your confidence!

      😉

  12. robin remaily

    Hi ya’all..thanks so much for the work..ideas..info. There was mention that CBDA doesn’t cross the blood brain barrier but CBD, heated, does..I have been giving a friend with a brain tumor very cold extracted oil using a plant derived extractor…because she can not tolerate the expansive nature of carboxylated cannabinoids ..What, pray tell is the scoop on this particular conundrum? Is she wasting her time and only presuming she is deriving anti inflammatory medicine? Also, per tumor treatment..a Viet Vet who I know, was heavily sprayed with agent orange..many skin tumors over years..AMA “treatment” just about wrecked his right hand but has been successfully curing the repeatedly showing up and growing tumors by putting a tar oil that he concentrates in a roto vac extractor unit…they come on, he lets them grow and at some point he applies the oil and invariably, within two to three months they are completely gone.. anyway…The question…does CBDA work on brain cancer? since apparently it doesn’t penetrate the brain as CBD does..

  13. Ed Towbin

    My wife and i are eating green freshly cut leaves and buds, mostly to get CBD or CBDA for cancer treatment. My plants are budding with white trichomes, but I doubt we will eat enough to use all the material before they turn orange. I want to freeze buds and leaves for use later to eat. I intend to experiment with a few buds, cut them now, and freeze in freezer bags, then eat raw later. Any comments or suggestions? Should I hang them upside down and dry for a while before freezing?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Ed,

      There’s no need to dry your material, you can freeze it fresh if you have enough space in your freezer.

      Thanks for your confidence,

      Best vibes!

  14. Linda

    I’m very interested in juicing raw leaf to help with autoimmune disease. Afriend is harvesting a large mature plant for the buds and is offering me all of the leaves. Are the leaves devoid of THC through all stages of growth? Can I juice the leaves from the mature plant without worrying about THC?
    Thanks for all of the great information.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hello Linda,

      THC is contained in the resin glands of the plant. Normally, fan leaves have almost no resin on them, and leaves don’t have THC when the plant is growing (they can have resin glands when the plant is flowering, especially the closest leaves to the buds; these will have THC).

      All the best!

  15. Michael L. Grubich

    My sister had two bouts of breast cancer and through heavy treatments, now has peripheral neuropathy from the chemo treatment taxol. She wants desperately to try the cannabis juice to regain strength in her limbs again. Please send us information on how she can be invovled in a medical study on the benefits of “Raw Cannabis” Thank you in advance for your help in this matter!

  16. Patti

    Hello, Just wondering why not to use the plant after the trichomes have turned amber?

  17. Cheryl

    We live in az my husband a Vietnam vet has stage 4 kidney cancer. Where can you purchase the raw cannabis from?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Cheryl,

      I’m affraid you only have two options: to know someone who grows and gives you some raw cannabis, or to grow it at home for your own use. Unfortunately, in most countries people don’t have the right to choose their medecines, and growing cannabis is ilegal. We just hope this situation changes in a near future and people can finally treat their diseases without being punished by the law.

      All the best!

  18. Shellie Arriaga

    I need a source for the juice and supplements as soon as possible, I have Lupus and it has recently become active again.
    It is affecting my kidneys and if possible I would like to meet with Dr. Courtney to make sure it would be good for me and help me get this disease under control. I live in Florida but am willing to move if I have to to get what i need. Is the cannamin juice and supplements legal to ship to other states since it is low in THC? Please any help getting me on the right track is appreciated before I become more seriously ill.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Shellie,

      We are sorry to read about your case, but unfortunately we can’t send our CBD-based products to the USA. I know there are websites where you can see a list of cannabis-friendly doctors who prescribe marijuana in the USA, but I really don’t know how it works. We are from Spain and can’t ship any of our products to your country at this moment.

      All the best!

  19. LA76

    I remember my grandfather (7/13-1906 to 1-8- 2009), always told his kids and grandkids, ” “Always eat everything as close to its natural source as possible” Now, mind you he was talking about food. But, I am a firm believer that the same principle applies to food and plants for medicinal purposes as well. To my knowledge, grandpa never partook of canabis in any form, not even when encouraged to at the ripe young age of 100-102.

  20. syd

    Im in Scotland, can I get this product

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi syd,

      Unfortunately, we can’t sell cannabis leaves, we can only sell cannabis seeds for collection. Normally, people grow their plants and make the juice with them.

      Sorry for the inconvenience,

      All the best!

  21. Emmanuela Raquelle

    LONG STORY, BUT A GOOD ONE: We grow cannabis high in the mountains of Northern CA. After juicing for a while, I decided I wanted to eat the leaves and buds from the plant, not just the juice, because the pulp was just being composted. What I have been doing for many many months is picking the leaves/buds, grinding them in the food processor – no liquid – and freezing in little paper or plastic baggies. Then each morning I take approximately a tablespoon of the cannabis, put it in a little juice, let it sit to soften up the material, and drink it down. It’s a bit like drinking lawn clippings that have been in the rain, but I don’t care…. The difference is in my life is quite wonderful. I can work in our big vegetable garden for hours during the day, and while previously I would come up to the house and have to lie down for a couple of hours because my back was so sore, I now come up, and within half an hour the aching-from-working is gone. The vitality I feel all during the day and evening is, again, wonderful. I cannot touch any kind of psychoactivity anymore (the days in Topanga Canyon are long gone..) and of course feel none of that with the raw plant. I grow a very high strain of CBD(A) – we have our plans tested – and also have high strain of THC(A). I find that the THCA has a marked beneficial effect on my mental/emotional state. [As a side note, I take ‘popcorn’ (little tiny buds that are left from the trimming process), and some bud, and trim, put it in a pot and with coconut oil simmer for about an hour, and then strain. The resulting salve (takes a number of hours to set up to salve consistency) I use for peripheral neuropathy on my feet. I had horrendous pain, would wake me during the night, and the salve took a few weeks,to kick in, and I have no more pain. Because it’s psychoactive I only use it topically. Some smarty-pants friend decided to put some on toast – the product smells quite delicious – and told me that she ending up hallucinating. So I dasn’t get near any imbibing. I first named it Owie Be Gone, and then decided that I probably should have a more grownup name, so now I call it ‘The Salve’, and been providing a number of friends with it, and the response has been delightful]. There you have it. A success story. By the way, I am 73 years old.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Emmanuela,

      A success story, and amazing also!! We are happy to hear from testimonies like you from all around the world explaining the beneficial properties of this wonderful plant. If our governments were only a little bit more open minded, then we would all be enjoying them in a safe and normal way.

      How would you describe the effect of your CBD(A) strain? Much more relaxing, I guess?

      Thanks for your comment, all our best vibes!

      😉

  22. Emmanuela Raquelle

    I’ve found that the strain itself is less important than the fact that it’s CBDA (that tests quite high.) The effect: increased vitality, and I have found the THCA to have good effect on mental/emotional state. This is usually the time – winter – when things start going downhill for me, and I’ve been fine and dandy thus far. A friend made some cookies – raw – and I’ve been experimenting with whipping them up with organic coconut oil and a good glump of cannabis. Way tastier than lawn clippings in juice. The word ‘relaxing’ doesn’t come to mind – we live in the mountains, are lucky to be able to work hard, and so relaxing is not anything that I’m needing. Thanks for your encouragement!

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Emmanuela,

      That’s very interesting, I thought perhaps the CBD(A) strain has similar effects than those related to the decarboxylated form. I just love the uplifting, motivating effect of some strains, that feeling of “hey, my soul seems to want to fly a little”, like a bird that has been inside a cage and flies for the first time…

      I have never tried to eat raw cannabis, but you are definitely awakening my interest… 😉

      All the best!

  23. Emmanuela Raquelle

    Hi Dani,

    Most definitely no psychoactive effects with the raw cannabis – as I mentioned previously, I can’t get near the stuff anymore. When I feel like flying like a birdie, I go outside after the rain – or take a walk in the rain. Or go outside before the rain… I”m what somebody once called a cheap date.

  24. nicole

    I have epilepsy and smoking pot always causes seizures. I’ve had ic since I was 2. I’m 38. I’ve been in remission 4 yrs ago on Gaps but still had to watch triggers stay on gaps. Had a kid and I can’t get back. I’m doing ozone instills and ivs with glutathione but my progress is very slow very expensive. I’m really freaked out about it and would like to know if there is any Dr I can do under there care to be sure. I know the effects r not the same but still scared.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi nicole,

      CBD is being studied in regard with epilepsy, it seems to help lots of people. You have further information on our post on cannabis and epilepsy.

      We hope you can find an alternative treatment.

      All our best vibes!

  25. EdwardLype

    Hello I’m new here. I’m not positive if this is the proper place to post this, but I’m wondering if anyone has sampled Athletic Greens for their green drink? I’m discovering most either taste gross or cause my stomach to churn.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi EdwardLype,

      We have no knowledge of this product, but perhaps someone can help…

      Thanks for your confidence!

  26. esteban

    Thank you for this informative article. I understand that regular use of heated, (smoked or extracted oil) Cannabis has been associated with reduced sperm count and viability in males as well as reduced testosterone levels. There is also a concern with long term use and female fertility. Would raw Cannabis juice have these potentially negative effects also?

    Aloha

  27. Les

    Could anyone please help me with this one, my Aunty 2 weeks ago got diagnosed with progressive lung cancer and after being to see a specialist was also told it is in her liver also.
    She has been told she has 6 to 8 weeks to live without treatment and maybe up to a year with treatment.
    Could anyone out there tell me if it would benefit her or even better cure this.
    Would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards,
    Les.

  28. Sudipta Patra

    My son 4year old is under maintenance treatment for leukemia. Can I give him cannabis juice? Will it help him recover fully. Need your suggestion.

  29. Valencia Elliott

    Hello. I am just learning about this juicing the cannabis plant. My husband has Prostate and Anal Cancer and is in severe pain and is on different types of pain medications that does not work. We live in the USA in New York and Medical Marijuana has just been legalized. It is illegal to grow it.
    I am very interested in how I can do this for my husband, me and my family. What can I do?
    Please help me.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Valencia,

      I’m affraid you can’t do much if growing cannabis is still ilegal in NY. If medical cannabis is legal, perhaps you can find some type of dispensary that can provide raw juice.

      We really hope that this situation changes soon and any patient can choose the medicine he/she wants.

      All our best wishes!

  30. Dom

    @ jo-Anne Christie I am also from Canada and could give you a link too a medical cannabis dispensary in BC that ships the product too you and has quite a knowledgable staff plus a large variety of meds. comment back on here if you are in need of the link and I will try too help you out. Also check out hash church as it is a group on Facebook by bubbleman based in Canada too help other patients.

  31. Dom

    @sudiptapatra at this stage I don’t think it would hurt, there are a lot of cases of full recoveries but know-one can guarantee it, I do think it is worth a try forsure tho and trying too seek out a good strain and do some more research on the proper thc:cbd ratio too try, also too you and anyone else on here who can’t find meds look up the group hash church or the endocannabinoid system on Facebook or hash church on youtube, there are lots of people from around the world in those groups who will try to help other patients with the right medicine and also may be able too link you too a caregiver in your area.

  32. Dom

    @Valencia Elliot I believe the above post would help you too, try and look up hash church on Facebook, they may be able to possibly link you with a caregiver in NY

  33. Caroline

    I have stage four breast cancer. I’m looking to stop chemo and start juicing. Can I juice female leaves? Will it have the same medicinal effect? Do you know of someone in Southern California I can contact for male plants?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Caroline,

      Normally, female plants have much more cannabinoids than males, so of course you can juice them!

      All our best wishes.

  34. izak

    I have copd and eat. 3 times a day raw leaves before each meal my oxygen in my blood have increased from 82 to 95 I was on oxygen for 16 hours a day I’m down to a hour a day. get. Yourself some seeds and grow your own cannabis I’m from south africa

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi izak,

      We are glad cannabis helped you, it is actually helping plenty of people around the world. Let’s hope our governments realize about it!!

      All our best wishes!

  35. Ritu

    Hi my 3.5 Yrs son is not speaking and so is diagnosed as ASD. Can I give him few spoons of this cannabis juice to vanish his ASD problem. Pls reply we are v.worried for him.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Ritu,

      You can try the juice, but I would ask a doctor first. There are cases in which cannabis has helped to treat autism, although we don’t have specific data on the treatments followed (cannabinoid proportions, doses, etc).

      All our best wishes!

  36. Teddi kohr

    I love juicing RAW CANNABIS it has saved my life. I am now one of New Mexico’s biggest advocate for RAW CANNABIS I do have a question for you Dr Courtney. Have you done any study’s on juicing strain specific CANNABIS? Thank you for your help
    MISS TEDDI

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi teddy,

      We don’t know if Dr. Courtney has done this study. I’d try cannabis strains with very different cannabinoid profiles and check results.

      All the best!

  37. TEDDI kohr

    Hello back again I’m trying to fined the nutritional value of RAW CANNABIS like how many calories are in a cup ,fiber,protein,vegetable,omga 3,omga6 and so on I have been doing a lot of research and can’t fined this information any help in the right direction would be most appreciated thank you for your time
    MISS TEDDI

  38. mountain med

    Hi, I have been producing raw cannabis juice for some time to try and help some friends with various illnesses, my organic leaf supply cycles of course and I don’t always have a good supply based on the growth stage of the plants. I have been playing with the idea of dehydrating the juice into a powder but not sure if the medicinal components will stay intact and curious at what temperature will the thc-a and cbd-a molecules change to thc and cbd?
    p.s. this blog is an excellent source of information thank you

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mountain med,

      We need to heat the samples for a certain amount of time to properly decarb them. CBD is usually decarbed at: 120c/248F for 1 hour, or 140C/284F for half an hour. When decarbing THC we must be careful to minimise the formation of CBN: 1-2 hours at 105C/221F or 1 hour at 120C/248F.

      Hope it helped!

  39. mountain med

    Thanks Dani, yes that helped me to understand that as long as the temperature from the juicing process and dehydration process stays low, the thc-a and cbd-a compounds will stay stable. I am also wondering if you have any suggestions for suggested dosages, I understand that every product will vary in potentcy but would like to have a guidline on how much to suggest as a dose for my sick friends, is it possible to take too much?
    thanks

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mountain med,

      I’m afraid I can only suggest to start with very small doses and gradually increase them until finding the effect that you’re looking for.

      Hope it helped! 😉

  40. Luke

    Hello – are there suppliers of raw thc-a juice in USA?
    Thanks
    Luke

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Luke,

      We are from Spain and don’t know if you can find this juice in the US, sorry. Hope you’ll find it!

      All the best!

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    1. Dani Alchimia

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    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Merry,

      Glad you liked the article!! 😉

      All the best.

  44. ariana johnson

    Can someone obtain CBD or other plant benefits, if any, by juicing with raw plant material grown outdoors for 8 – 10 weeks, without starting flowering stage?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi ariana,

      Since your plants haven’t developed buds, the concentration of cannabinoids will be much lower than when using budded plants. Still, you can get some of the benefits of the plant even if you only use leaves, although using both leaves and buds is recommended.

      Hope it helped!

  45. Emmanuela Raquelle

    Ariana, once fan leaves are developed, I use them, even if the plant has not yet begun to flower. We grow outdoors also – and the effect on me has been remarkable. When the plants are ready to harvest, I also take all the fan leaves and use them. So far I haven’t been able to tell the difference in the effect between the non-flowered and flowered. You can look back on this thread to January 10 2016 to read more details.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi Emmanuela,

      Thanks a lot for your reply, I’m pretty sure you’ve got more experience than I do on juicing plants…

      All the best! 😉

  46. Emmanuela Raquelle

    Another method for ingesting the raw plant: I first grind up the leaves (or bud if I have it) and then mix with dates in a little Cuisinart, shape into little patties, put them on a plate in the freezer, and then tell my husband that they’re cookies. ..which makes them immediately palatable. Much good information in NIH abstracts about the benefits of CBDA.

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Well, I think we all want to try those cookies now!

      Thanks again Emmanuela.

      😉

  47. Lynn

    Anyone out there with any experience using cannabis leaves for Follicular Lymphoma ?

  48. mark Jindrick

    hi, i saw the article is very great for me. i was rheumatoid arthritis for 4 years, and i saw Kristen’s story in my own life. I have tried RSO but it made me high and allergy without reasons. i wonder ask Dr how can i use cannabis juice? And in Kristen’s situation, how long does it take her to use canna juice to cure her life?
    Thanks so much,

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mark,

      If RSO caused some allergic reaction you should make sure that you’re not allergic to cannabis. Have you tried it in any other form (smoked, vaped…) without allergic reactions?
      The best method is using cannabis several times a day: if you have 250ml of raw juice, 5 intakes of 50ml each would be ideal. Of course, it also depends on the amount of cannabis available for you.
      If we look at the testimonies, you should notice some improvement within a few weeks.

      Hope it helped!

  49. mark Jindrick

    Hi Dani,
    i have used RSO suppository for 18 days without any allergy symptom. After that, i change the bud to make RSO and was allergy.
    so that, i must stop any RSO to treat allergy. it is free after 6 week

    now i dont want to use RSO, i want to try juicing for healing. what dose should i make? and have any notices?

    Tks,

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mark,

      Finding the correct dose can be a bit tricky. First of all, it will depend on the amount of cannabinoids contained in your green material (it is not the same to juice buds than leaves). Once you have your material juiced, I’d start with very little doses and gradually increase them. According to Dr. Courtney, if you have 250ml of raw juice, 5 intakes of 50ml each would be ideal, better than just one intake of 250ml. Since you have no experience with juiced cannabis, I’d start with 2-3 daily intakes of 10-20ml and see what happens. If you tolerate the dose but don’t feel any relief, gradually raise it until you feel the effect.

      Hope it helped!

  50. mark Jindrick

    Hi Dani,
    you said 250 ml of raw juice, it means pure of raw canna juice or total juice (raw cannabis juice mix with other fruits)?

    Tks,

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mark,

      I’d start with pure raw cannabis juice to find the best dose for me. Once found, I’d probably add some fruits to improve the flavor. Hope you’ll find some relief, please keep us updated! 😉

      Best!

  51. mark Jindrick

    Tks, do you have any advice about the strain for Rheumatoid arthritis , Dani?

  52. mark Jindrick

    Hi Dani,

    I had allergic symptom such as itching a little bit, so i will continue using juice or stop or change the strain?
    Tks,

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mark,

      You mean that you had another allergic reaction after trying the juice? If that’s correct, I’d really try to have an allergy test on cannabis, you don’t want to treat your conditions with a medicine that causes other problems!

      😉

  53. Mark jindrick

    Hi dani,
    In my country, it does not have cannabis test for allergy. Á u know, RA disease is very hard to treat, but only cannabis juice can help like Kisten’s story. The dose of raw canna which i use is very low, it is about 3 g/ day divide 3 -4 times. I wonder ask if i change the strain, is it better?

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi mark,

      Sure, every cannabis strain is unique, so it can be possible that you don’t find relief with one and find it with another. Normally, cannabis patients are using medical strains with 1:1 THC:CBD ratio.

      Best!

  54. jack c

    Curious if you’ve had any experience with eating pollinated flowers?

    As a Vegan I Iove the EFA’s that come in MJ seeds. In Nature we’d come across
    seeded flowerheads of the female plant. In practice the males are taken away
    to create sinsimelia, no seeds. Does seed production cost in cannabanoid production?

    any ideas about the nutrition and medical benefits of munching on mature seeded flowers?

    tnx

    jack

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi jack,

      Seeded plants focus on producing seeds, so they normally contain less cannabinoids than sinsemilla. About munching seeded flowers, I assume you’ll get the benefits from raw cannabis plus those from cannabis seeds, which are known for being an excellent nutritional supplement for centuries.

      All the best!

  55. Roseanna Reeves

    I usually do not drop a lot of responses, however after reading some of the responses on Dr. Courtney’s raw cannabis juice. I do have some questions for you if you do not mind. Is it just me or does it appear like a few of the remarks look as if they are left by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online sites, I would like to follow everything new you have to post. Could you make a list of all of your shared sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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  58. Mark jindrick

    Hi dani,
    I back. I would like to know about the addiction of using juice for a long time?

  59. gary wirfs

    i starting daily morning juicing on empty stomach, after brain tumor surgery, and suggested by inhome health care nurse–7 veggies, 1 fruit. Now i want to add cannabis juice–to treat ptsd, and prostate lesion.
    I presently living in playa del carmen mexico, but cannot get fresh cannabis plants for juicing.
    After reading Dr Courtney about the huge benefits of cannabis juicing i am desperately seeking
    what foreign country to move to, where i can buy raw fresh cannabis plants for juicing to treat these
    conditions, and get off the medicines.
    Help, Help–i cannot find foreign countries to move to?? and if not
    best place in usa
    ciao gary

    1. Dani Alchimia

      Hi gary,

      I’m affraid the US or Canada would be the best places. You can get weed and hash in coffee shops in Holland and in clubs in Spain, but growing cannabis is not legal in none of these countries, so getting fresh cannabis is difficult. Also, check South America, Chile and some other countries are taking huge steps forward. Hope you’ll find a place where you can have your medicine without being harassed!

      All our best wishes.

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