A friend told me one day that she had breast cancer, many years ago. She was anti-cannabis previously, but suddenly became very interested in my knowledge about it when she discovered her diagnosis. Only a few months before that she told me cannabis was a gateway drug and we should be careful, because growing it and smoking it was dangerous. As a farmer and avid cannabis user almost my whole life, I knew this was unfounded.
So, I began researching cannabis for cancer. My friend tried concentrates, Rick Simpson Oil and was continuing her therapies with good results. In the meantime another friend served me raw cannabis leaf juice concentrate. It was quite pungent and a little to “green” for me. I shortly there after attended a workshop about the amazing benefits of raw cannabis at a local dispensary in Mendo, and they juiced fresh whole buds! I thought this was a wonderful way to use the plant. It had an intense, spicy flavor and a little scary considering I had eaten a bud before and got extremely high from it. As a group, we all drank the juice and after leaving the workshop on a windy road home, I began to hallucinate. Rainbow goo coated all images and my friend and I had to sit on the side of the road and laugh until we could continue the drive home. This was not the way for me to get the benefits of cannabis juice, and was not going to fly for my friend with breast cancer either! I had to find another way!
I began playing in the kitchen. I made concentrate, I made cannabis lemonade and just began to experiment. One day in the late summer I made a blender full of leaves and watermelon, with seeds. I strained it, added ice, and boom! That was it! Amazing sweet flavor, just the right amount of “green” and a cold beverage for the hot days. I gave some to my friend and she loved it! We then supplied her with leaves for the next couple of seasons. She began making the concentrate and storing it herself for over the winter months. She was diagnosed cancer free and has been in remission for over 5 years now. She swore between the cannabis leaf juice and other alternative therapies that the cancer would not be coming back. She continues maintenance doses of juice frequently these days, since her cancer has been in remission, and prides herself in the fact that cannabis helped her get through that time.
I am happy to let you know this juice is easy to make, tastes good and is a great way for people to break into using cannabis in a non-threatening way. It can be hard to find fresh leaves unless you are a farmer or know one. Freezing them or the concentrate is helpful, but not ideal for the maximum benefits of the raw leaves are then compromised a bit. But, it is better than nothing at all. If you can get fresh leaves, try making some cannabis leaf juice for yourself and see what a great and simple way to get raw phytocannabinoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals into your diet can be!