Cannabis’s health benefits go beyond ‘getting high’.
The health benefits of cannabis have been reported on more and more frequently, especially since it became legalized in over half of U.S states (and the list is still growing).
Stigmatized for years and only used by the marginalized, this amazing herb is now gathering its own health credentials.
Medicinal marijuana is used to treat and cure everything from epilepsy to cancer, and many people are quick to affirm how positive the drug can be on mental health problems such as anxiety.
But the stigma always prevailed that taking cannabis for medicinal reasons got you ‘high’, a fact which many people unfamiliar with the drug could not shake.
But now research has confirmed that you can eat raw cannabis, and feel the effects of its natural power without getting high at all.
California based Dr. William Courtney is a raw cannabis specialist, and he says the purest way to ingest cannabis is to eat it raw.
He states that:
“In its raw form, the cannabis plant contains both THCA (Tetra Hydro Cannabinolic-Acid) and CBDA (Cannabidiolic-Acid), two cannabinoids known for their medicinal benefits; each of which must be heated in order to produce THC and CBD, respectively. Only when you decarboxylate THCA, turning it into THC, does it cause psychoactive effects or “the high” most associated with smoking cannabis.
“Additionally, the body is able to tolerate larger dosages of cannabinoids when cannabis is consumed in the raw form. This is because when you smoke cannabis, the THC actually acts as a CB1 receptor agonist and your body can only absorb 10 mg at a time.
“If you don’t heat cannabis, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams and use the plant strictly as a dietary supplement by upping the anti-oxidant and neuro-protective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams of CBDA and THCA.
It is this dramatic increase in dose from 10 mg of psychoactive THC to the 500 mg – 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA that comprises the primary difference between traditional medical cannabis treatments and using cannabis as a dietary supplement.”
Cannabis has many other aspects to it that merely the chemical that gets you high, in many cases children who take THC oil to treat their epilepsy have never experienced a ‘high’ from it.
This study cements once again the powerful healing powers of cannabis.
— Hopegrown (@hopegrown) October 23, 2016
Cannabinoids prevent cancer, reduce heart attacks by 66% and insulin dependent diabetes by 58%. Researchers have confirmed that cannabidiol, one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of breast cancer, along with avoiding toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses.
Dr. William recommends drinking 4 – 8 ounces of raw flower and leaf juice from any Hemp plant, 5 mg of cannabidiol per kg of body weight, a salad of Hemp seed sprouts and 50 mg of THC taken in 5 daily doses.
His wife Kristen Courtney adds:
“The amount of cannabinoids we need would be difficult to get through smoked cannabis without feeling the intoxicating effects,”
FYI: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the commencement of clinical studies with a new cannabis extract that contains cannabidiol as its active ingredient, for use in treating children with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe genetic form of infantile-onset, that is also a drug-resistant epilepsy syndrome.
Raw Cannabis Advantages – William Courtney, MD: