Juicing Raw Cannabis for Highest Health Benefit

Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, today we have another exciting episode for your guys and you guys that are long-term viewers actually probably know where I am already before I even say anything because I got my [inaudible] suit on, my [inaudible] suit on, and I’m all suited up to head into the grow area here at North Coast Naturals. North Coast Naturals is a medicinal marijuana collective that I joined once I got my Prop 215 card here in California. And the reason why I’m here today to share with you guys the best way I believe all you guys out there that are using cannabis should use it, and no, it’s not smoking it.

So in any case, let’s head back into the growing area to the bedroom here at North Coast Naturals to share with you guys some updates about how they’re growing here, but more importantly how I’m going to be using my medicinal cannabis. Okay I’m coming in! So now I’m here in the bedroom here at North Coast Naturals, and we’re going to share with you guys a way that many growers out there do all the time, but instead of just generating bags of a waste product like right here, basically this is all the trimmings, right? The trimmings get put in a bag, they get composted or sent to the trash, and I know many of you guys that are growers are doing this, and I want to encourage you guys to stop, all right? [inaudible] waste, wow....

Actually kind of smells good. But you’re wasting your leaves, there’s a much better use of this stuff, all the trimmings that you guys are taking off at all stages of growth, even after you’re harvested you’ve got good leaves, you can juice them. So what we’re going to do now is we’re just going to go ahead and take some clippers, and in the bedroom here, what they’re doing is they’re raising some of the plants to take into the flower room later on. They’re also using this as some of their mother stalk and they’re going to come with the scissors and they’re just going to basically cut off some of these guys and they’re going to take clones from these guys. But if they have enough clones then these normally go into the trash, but instead of that I want you guys to save these and juice these regularly for your health.

Also other people that have medicinal prescriptions such as myself should be juicing this. In my opinion, juicing the leaves of the cannabis is much more powerful than smoking it in my opinion. And so we’re going to go ahead and trim a couple more of these guys off, we’re going to take a couple of small guys down here, and maybe one of these guys over here, and we can even clip off some of these leaves there, because these leaves yes, any green material, especially the leaves, and I personally love the little baby growth, is best to juice. All right so now I thought I’d take you into the flower room. This guy is probably about three weeks in. As you guys can see the buds are developing nicely in the flower room, and one of the things in the flower room they want to do is they want to keep the leaf growth down, they don’t want to massively grow leaves because they’re not getting paid on the leaves, they’re getting paid and growing high quality flowers here, and that’s what growing cannabis is all about, they’re concentrating on growing really good flowers, but I don’t want you guys to forget about the leaves because in the flower room here, they’re going to basically pinch off some of these lower leaves to give more energy to go to the buds, plus also some of these leaves on the bottom just aren’t getting any light anyways.

Normally these leaves would be pinched off and then once again thrown away or compost [inaudible] my last leaf here, hey here’s a leaf for you. All right so what we’re going to do with these leaves is the best thing in my opinion. All the growers out there watching this, and if you’re a medicinal patient growing your own, you should also be doing this to your leaves. The leaves in my opinion are far more valuable than the buds themselves. And this is the medicine that’ll be using myself. So what we’re going to do next, actually we’re going to go back into the bedroom, we’re going to go ahead and join up with MIT the master grower here, who also has been juicing his medicinals here at North Coast Naturals. He’s going to share his world-famous cannabis juice recipe that contains not only the cannabis leaves, but other beneficial nutritious fruits and vegetables.

But before we do that we’re going to go in there and I’m going to juice these leaves straight up and drink cannabis juice for the first time ever for me on YouTube, and I’m not going to get high. John, welcome back to North Coast, it’s a pleasure to have you here and especially given what we’re going to be doing today, it couldn’t be more appropriate. Well thanks for having me back, I’m looking forward to juicing for the first time in my life ever some cannabis leaves. So tell me more about the cannabis juicing and the juicing, because this is actually your personal juicer. It is my personal juicer, I’ve had it for several years, I’ve been a long-time juicer, and over the years I’ve tried to use cannabis a little bit more and a little bit more into my juicing, and now I’ve tried to make it a routine part of my life that science is coming out every day it seems, I mean even today there was some news that came out about how juicing is helping people either stay healthy or solve problems that have been solved with more traditional or not solved as the case may be, with more traditional western medicines, and it’s just obvious that the plant is getting better and better for treating multiple different problems, and this is one of the best applications that you can actually use the cannabis plant for.

I totally agree, I think everybody should be juicing not only the cannabis leaf, which is a lot of studies and new information coming out of, but I’ve been into juicing for over 20 years now, just juicing standard fruits and vegetables, including other leafy greens and herbs that in my opinion are also beneficial. So I don’t want you guys thinking like “Cannabis is like the cure for everything,” because we can’t even say cure, we’re not even going to say cure word, but as good as cannabis is, there are many other medicinal nutritional green leaves and other herbs that I have other episodes on, so I want you guys to have a holistic approach that you know, “Oh yeah I could go out and eat McDonald’s, be bad, eat a bad diet, eat processed foods, eat junk foods, and then juice the cannabis up to rescue me.” No, you guys should eat a healthy diet including in my opinion, juice some cannabis leaves.

So, MIT, you’ve been juicing the cannabis for a long time now and also a user of the cannabis yourself in other ways. So everybody wants to know, does the cannabis juice get you high like smoking it? No, no it doesn’t. And that is the benefit of juicing cannabis or certainly one of the benefits of juicing cannabis. It’s something that has such a wide variety of applications. If you’re an adult cannabis user and you’re suffering from some ailment that cannabis helps such that you need to do it on a daily basis or multiple times a day basis, but you don’t want to smoke or have a cannabis edible in the morning for example, what you can do is simply juice it, and either do it in a raw sort of isolated juice format, or you can do it in a more comprehensive format which is the North Coast recipe we’re going to do tonight, you can do it with that application in mind or you can, for example if you have children that are suffering for something, they can juice it or imbibe the cannabis in its raw form, and you’re going to get a much higher concentration and a much denser concentration of the active ingredients that are problem-solving without the psychoactive effects that you would otherwise get with more traditional applications and uses of cannabis.

Wow, so those are the applications that I advocate, I mean if you guys want to smoke and do other things that heat it up and get high off it, that’s cool but I’m in it specifically for the medicinal benefits without getting high. So [inaudible] made some of the other videos out at North Coast Naturals and you haven’t seen those, there’s three of them, and I’ll put links down below this video, so be sure to check those out, you guys can check out this whole grow, how he grows things here organically, clean green certified, some of the cleanest and best stuff I’ve seen. So let’s talk about that, MIT, we’ll give you juicing your leaves here, you guys just saw me harvest these leaves that we’re going to be putting through this juicer in just a second, and I don’t have any concerns about juicing these leaves because there’s no toxic chemicals or anything, let’s talk about that MIT, should people be juicing or even growing cannabis if they’re using toxic chemicals that may end up in the buds, but also the leaves? Absolutely not, obviously.

I wouldn’t even, I mean depending on what’s actually being used to treat the plant from the standpoint of whatever chemical pesticide that you’re using, a lot of the pesticides as we talked about in one the earlier videos, are systemic which means that even if you took that leaf and rinsed it off, rinsed it off again, rinsed it off a third time, a 300th time, you’d still have toxicity in the chemical in the actual leaf because it is a systemic toxin, it’s a systemic pesticide. Other pesticides will be just simply treating the surface of the leaf, and you could possibly rinse that off, but who knows if you’re getting 100% of it or not? I mean, as you know, and as I know from you, we’re both long-term, long time believers in avoiding chemicals whenever possible because they’re just not necessary.

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So in the process of doing that, one of the beautiful things you can do is just simply literally pick the leaf off the plant, come in, eat it, juice it, whatever you like to do, and you’re going to be totally fine. Awesome, awesome. So I guess without further ado, let’s go ahead and turn this juicer on and get juicing some of these cannabis leaves. Now, you know I want to give you guys a full disclaimer, I sell juicers, that’s how I make my living, that’s how I’m able to travel around and make all these videos for you guys.

Today we’re using the Green Star Twin Gear Juicer, and it is called the Green Star because one of the things it’s good at is juicing greens, it’s excellent, probably hands down one of the best juicers for yield in terms of getting nutrition out of hard root vegetables such as carrots and the beets we’ll also be juicing, but when juicing carrots and the greens, it does very well, and in a minute we’ll actually be even juicing some of these thick stems, and the Green Star has no problems breaking up these stems. Now, if you have a high spinning, fast spinning juicer that you got from your local department store, you’re going to have a to put a lot of cannabis leaves through it to get a little bit of juice, and the other thing, the high-speed juicers, some of them run at 10,000 plus rpms, spinning very fast it’s oxidizing the juice and lowering the nutrition.

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You know, I’m into growing the highest quality herb, like here at North Coast Naturals, and having a high-quality high-end juicer that’s going to do the least amount of oxidated damage to the juice. So this guy runs at under 125 rpms, so it’s nice and slow. It has two twin gear, let me go ahead and show you that to you guys real quick, because what these twin gears do, it’s like inside the transmission inside a car, the gears kind of run together. And besides just the gears inside here, here’s the gears right here, two stainless steel gears, and this is actually some teeth that basically cut up all the fibrous strands. Most other juicers do not actually have these teeth, and what happens is the juice literally goes in between here and just gets crushed, and as this is working, there’s also far infrared and magnetic technologies that in my opinion pull out more nutrients and will give you the healthiest juice.

And this is especially important if you’re going to be juicing this for medicinal purposes. So MIT, you want to talk about basically when you’re juicing, you’re concentrating the nutrition, because literally, if we took all these leaves we could have a big salad of this and I don’t know how fun that would be, maybe if you got some good salad dressing. But literally that’s a lot of leaf matter to be eating, and you’re only going to absorb a small percentage of the nutrition because especially most people do not chew their food into a mush. That’s why we give babies baby food, you ever thought about that? Because they don’t got teeth, so we need to give them the baby food so it’s totally broken down so that their intestines and all that stuff could digest the food. And so that’s why the juicer is so beneficial because the juicer is doing the digestion or you. Literally we’re going to put whole leaves in, out one side of the juicer the bottom is going to come the juice, out the front is the fiber and that’s really what we do I mean, we eat something, out the front we have a liquid, and out the back we got the solid, seriously, right? And our bodies have to work to digest the stuff, so when you take a juice, literally it is absorbed faster than any other food you could be eating, because we’re removing the fiber and it gets right in there in my ...opinion to give you the most health benefit.

All right MIT if you want to talk about the concentrations of the THC and the difference between the THC A and the regular standard THC? So when you’re juicing the actual cannabis leaf, there’s very little THC in it, very, very little, so it’s not going to have any psychoactive effects as I mentioned earlier. What it does have is THC A. And some of you have also heard that there’s something called CBD in the cannabis plant as well. There’s actually hundreds of different compounds, but these are the two that are most often discussed. CBD has tremendous medicinal properties. It is a tremendous anti-inflammatory responsible for a lot of the anti-carcinogenic affects that cannabis is described as having. So you’ve got CBD, THC, when you use heat to actually activate the cannabis plant, that is what you’re smoking in, in additional to all the other cannabinoids. Well, in the raw food component of that, THC A and CBD A, the acid, THC acid, CBD acid, is actually what you’re imbibing. That is the healthiest form of these substances that you could actually imbibe, and the concentrations as I mentioned earlier much higher, much, much higher in juiced form of the plant.

So whereas if you were to smoke the plant, you would have about, say for example 10 milligrams of THC when you actually smoke it, when you imbibe it by juicing, you’ll have 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams, much, much, much higher of the… Of the THC or the THC A? THC A, so non-psychoactive. And that is much, much, much healthier. You’re getting much, much more health bang for your buck by juicing it than you are by smoking it, which is one of the several reasons that we’re here today. Awesome. Yeah you know, I mean I want to encourage you guys to get a juicer and juice all the different fruits and vegetables because literally besides just the cannabis, all different fruits and vegetables have in my opinion medicinal properties such as the brassica family of plants, we’re going to be juicing some kale in a little bit and there’s studies that show plants in the brassica family like the broccoli sprouts for example they’ve got studies on this that can help with things like cancer. And so every different family of plants in the world have different phytonutrients and phytochemicals, which are the things and the keywords I want you guys to tune in on, we want to be eating foods high in phytochemicals and phytonutrients and low in calories.

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Most people are overfed and undernourished, and junk food is high calories with low nutrients, you know cannabis greens and kale greens, these are some superfoods, so I’m going to go ahead and get juicing some of these straight up cannabis greens in the Green Star while MIT tells you more about why cannabis is a superfood. Fantastic. Yeah and John, you said it best, cannabis is a superfood, I think that’s becoming increasingly apparent every single day. And it should be thought of, well I’m not going to say it should be thought of, but I certainly think of it as one of the many superfoods that I try to eat on an everyday basis, so in my mind it’s part of a spectrum of foods: kale, parsley, wheat grass, cannabis, these are all things that go hand in hand in my mind into my juicer that I try to blend in every single day. I’ll add in carrots, I’ll add in beets, I’ll add in ginger, what I’m describing right now is the North Coast recipe that I use and that we’ve been developing here and toying around with and that seems to have the right combination nutritional pack as well as flavor.

So that’s what we do and that’s how we look at things. Cannabis actually if you want to be a purist and just look at having nothing but the cannabis leaf as your primary source of juice, then what you’re going to want to do is take that, juice it, and blend it with some sort of fatty-based liquid as well. So that would be like coconut water for example, something like that or even ice cream. Because what’s going to end up happening is that you’re going to get these acids, the CBD and THC A, CBD A and THC A, that will get absorbed into the fats in that, you know whether it’s an ice cream or whether it’s a coconut milk or something like that, in that liquid base that you’re using, and then it will get absorbed in the body that much more because the cannabinoids are fat soluble, so that’s one of the things that you’re going to want to think about.

I haven’t experimented with that yet because I like to do it as a full spectrum superfood as I mentioned earlier. That’s how I think of it and that’s what we do. Awesome. Yeah the other thing I want to mention you guys is when you do have fats with your juice like maybe blend up or add in some coconut milk or nut milk in with the juice, you’re adding some fat, and when you add the fat in besides for the reasons MIT stated, it also slows down your absorption so that actually you can uptake more of the nutrients in the juice. So you guys can see we’ve got a fairly large pile of some of the leaves, we juiced it, and we got this much juice, which is not a lot there, so I’m going to go ahead and drink some of this stuff straight up.

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Wow. I’ve tried many green juices in my days. Your teeth are green. Yeah. You know what it tasted like wow, it’s pretty strong. It’s not like burning my throat but I feel tickly back there, it’s kind of when I ate a straight bud when I was here visiting earlier – not the young buds, but the buds that were like in the drying room. Harvested. That are fully harvested so it really had a strong flavor for me. Yeah. So most of you guys probably are not going to be juicing this stuff straight like we did, it’s probably far better to make a nice recipe out of it, because, I mean I’m used to drinking green juices, some of you guys, I don’t know what’s going to happen if you guys are going to throw up, barf or whatever, but another way you can do this is if you want to juice it straight is add some coconut water or just add some regular water to it, or simply juice in some oranges to make it more milder and try to mask the flavor and that’s literally what we’re going to do next, we’re going to juice a bunch of different items, so MIT what are we going to be juicing today along with our full cannabis cuttings there? Okay so, we’ve got kale, that’s obviously an essential at least it is in my mind, we’ll go with four leaves of kale.

We got Persian cucumbers, these are nice because the pretty much just can be pushed down. We will do two of these, so again I focus on green as being a predominant I think in food groups of colors when I’m doing this. A couple of Persian cucumbers, we’ll look to do some carrots as well, like to do two cucumbers, three carrots depending on the size, these are kind of on the smaller side I may use a fourth. We will do a beet, we’re not going to do a full beet, these are very high in sugar so you don’t want to overdo it. They have tremendous nutritional benefits I’m sure you know better than I. So we’re going to take half of this beet.

And this is the recipe I do for two people. So if there’s just one of you, you’re going to want to make this in half the proportions that I’m d escribing today. So one of the things that I like to do when I juice is, like this morning I made a vegetable juice and it was about 40 ounces of juice, and today I juiced actually straight up Persian cucumbers are some of my favorite to juice, some celery, as well as some kale and other leafy greens out of my garden. And so you know every day I try to have a juice and one good way to implement and get juices into you every day is right when you wake actually, instead of breakfast I would encourage you guys to drink a fresh juice because it’s going to be, number one, it’s going to be healthier than your normal breakfast.

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In my opinion juicing and having some fresh juice is far better than having cereal, having any kind of toast, having ham and eggs, because it’s like, because think about it, breakfast, think about that word, breakfast. So we’re going to break it down, break fast. You know breakfast is called breakfast because you’re breaking your fast because you’ve just slept hopefully eight hours, hopefully you guys are getting enough sleep out there.

You’re waking up, and then you’re breaking your fast of sleeping. And so what I like to do when I wake up is I wake up and I break my fast as soon as I get up I’m usually thirsty so I just drink some water, so this is kind of like easing me into my day. I might work for a half hour, hour, two hours, you know and then I get hungry and I’ll make my juice, which is my breakfast or the first food of the day. This also gets you off to a good fast running start if you’ve got tons of stuff to do in the day like I know you guys do, like we all do in this fast-paced society, and also because it is so easy to digest right, your body doesn’t have to sit there and digest food and take energy from you.

I know we’ve all felt this after the Thanksgiving meal, the big Christmas meal, you’ve eaten a big meal of food and afterward you just kind of feel like taking a nap and going to bed, that’s because now you’ve eaten all this food, now our body’s got to take energy from other parts of your body to basically focus on your stomach so your stomach can extract the nutrients out of the food you just ate.

Now juicing is the easiest food to digest so your body has to put very little energy to get the nutrients out of it, and then you get a lot of nutrients out of it so that you’ll actually have more energy in the long run. All right MIT what else do we got over there? Okay so in addition to the kale, Persian cucumbers, the carrots, and the half of the beet, we have a Granny Smith apple, one solid apple that I’ve cut up into chunks, and then lastly, some ginger. And just about this much ginger will do it. You just want a little bit of that otherwise it’ll be too strong or at least too strong for me. A lot of this you know, tune it to your own flavor. What you want to do is balance all of the health benefits, you want to maximize that, and balance the flavor so that there’s some sweetness as well as some tartness I like, but you want to get a good mix, whatever is appealing to you. Other things you could put in would be some Myer lemon, [inaudible] fantastic kick, you could put in dandelion greens, you could put in the greens from the beet, I’ve actually already juiced those, those are tremendous in health benefits.

But this is the fundamental core, occasionally I’ll put in some celery, but these will always go in. Awesome, awesome. Yeah I mean the other thing I want to recommend is you guys eat the rainbow, don’t just focus on any one color food, you want to eat as many colorful foods as you can because once again, each different color of the food has different phytonutrients and phytochemicals. Hey do you have any purple [laughter]. Purple stem? Purple stem cannabis here, you know juice all the purple stems because now you’re getting purple antioxidants in through the juicer. All right so I guess we’re going to goa head and start juicing in the Green Star Twin Gear. And now, important when using any juicer, hopefully you’re using a slow juicer, especially when you’re juicing the cannabis I’d recommend the Green Star for a recipe like this, probably the best juicer to use. If you’re going to be juicing straight up cannabis mostly without any additional stuff, then I would recommend a juicer like a single auger style juicer such as the Omega NC 800. And that’s going to do pretty much better for straight greens than the Green Star, but if you want the highest nutrition and highest yield when juicing carrots and greens, then the Green Star is simply it based on my testing.

So let’s go ahead and turn this on, and what we want to do is we want to rotate the items that we’re putting in, so don’t just put in like all the kale, then all the cannabis, then all the cucumbers and all the carrots. You know the juicer likes different textures and it especially loves the textures in the carrots and the beets because it’s nice and hard, it’s going to help push that fiber through.

As you guys can see we juiced a whole bunch of the leaves earlier and we’ve just got a small amount of dry fiber I mean this is what should be going in your composter or in you trash, it’s a lot less than what we had originally of all that leaf matter, and literally I got all the nutrition out of it. So we got the carrot so let’s go ahead and show you guys the power of the Green Star. Literally I like this machine because if you look down this chute there, you see two stainless steel gears running together, we could literally put this stem in there, look at that, it sucks it right in like magic! After we’ve got that in here we might go ahead and put a leaf of kale, suck it on in there, and then we’re going to go ahead and stick a carrot in, I like to stick the carrot in the small end first, push that in there. Then next we’re probably going to take the cucumber we’re probably going to push about maybe half of that cucumber in there.

And as you guys can see we’ve got the pulp coming out and now some of that juice that didn’t come out earlier is now coming out of the juicer. I can smell it. Yeah it’s—oh man I mean this is amazing, this is like cake here, it’s like so dry I can squeeze it and there’s no juice coming out. And it literally broke up that long stem into just fibers, this is totally amazing. So we’re going to go ahead and drop a piece of beet, oh, can’t forget about that apple. We’re going to go ahead and use the pusher this time. And now we’re just going to keep rotating the produce that we’re putting through the juicer. So MIT what are some of the benefits that you derive from drinking this juice recipe every day? Energy, energy unquestionably.

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I guarantee if you—maybe I shouldn’t say guarantee, but I would be shocked beyond belief if you drank this recipe and didn’t feel energized for several hours thereafter. So I, while I’m not as religious as you John, I’ll wake up and have a cup of coffee, I’ll have some wheat-based cereal, you know full disclosure as you said earlier. But at some point in the afternoon, after I’ve had the first half of my day and I’m going into the afternoon and I want a pick me up after my lunch, I will have this juice, and I will be full power charged for the rest of the day into the evening into dinner.

It’s more powerful than a cup of coffee it seems to me. I mean you mentioned earlier, drinking it first thing in the morning, I’ve never tried that because I can’t imagine the amount of energy that would give me, it would be just, you know in the morning I’ve got my highest energy load anyway, I can’t imagine being any higher. So that is your primary benefit, you will taste the nutrition, you will feel the nutrition, it’s like a direct shot of it to your system, and I—well again I’m not going to say guarantee, but I would be shocked if you weren’t leading a more productive life if you find yourself doing this day in and day out. I mean I totally agree, I’ve sold juicers to literally thousands of people around the world, actually, and everybody that gets into juicing, and they’re not generally juicing the cannabis leaf, they’re just juicing fruits and vegetables, and they feel more energetic you know, they’re on their way to losing weight and getting healthier, and even if you’re like MIT, you still drink coffee and have cereals and all this stuff, I’m not going to tell you not to do that, but I’m going to say what you should be doing is in addition to all that stuff, because we know some of that stuff, coffee, that’s not that healthy right? Do something healthy for yourself, so even if you do all that stuff right, do something healthy, hopefully you’ll start feeling the benefits, feeling the differences, maybe you’ll then go down and instead of drinking coffee every day you’ll drink it every other day and then you’ll have more juices instead of coffee, and I think this is definitely a good way to get on the health bandwagon so that you can derive the benefits.

All right, looks like we’re getting pretty full there, we’re going to go ahead and stop this guy. We got a nice delicious juice mix right up here look at this nice rich color, look at that. Gosh. We’re going to go ahead and sip this back and forth a few times, make sure we’re well-mixed here. Look at that – virtually pulp-free. All right, there we go man. Fantastic. All right, to your health. Cheers. Cheers. Wow, it’s actually quite good, I think I probably should have juiced a little bit more of the apple but I personally love the taste of the cannabis leaf and yeah we juiced the stems and all. The Green Star juicer was not an issue man.

Man this is one of the most nutritious juices I’ve ever tasted, first time ever juicing the cannabis leaves. Fantastic. Mmm. Gives it that kick right at the end. Yeah you can really taste it. I want to encourage you guys to not only juice the cannabis leaf but also juice other things as well, even if you want to, if you’re trying to lose weight, one of the really good things to do is just go on a juice cleanse, and I’ll recommend a movie to you guys, I know many of you guys out there are overweight. Statistically 66% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and there’s a good movie that can help you, it’s actually called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” so Google that.

It’s basically an Australian guy that came over to the US, he was fat, sick and nearly dead, overweight, unhealthy, had all these health problems. He basically went on a juice fast and healed himself, and lost weight, gained more energy at the same time, and I just kind of wonder if that dude was actually juicing cannabis leaves man, he’d probably be bouncing off the walls and off the hook. So any last comments you’d like to say today, MIT, about the cannabis and the application of juicing it? Absolutely, and that’s very simply, if you have access to clean green certified, or even if it’s independently inspected certified like the clean green program is, but organic cannabis leaves, stems, even the little flowers when they’re being flowered out, if you have access to that by all means juice it. Even if you’re not treating a problem that you necessarily have or that you’re using other medication, it will benefit you with numerous health benefits just simply by acting as an anti-inflammatory, just the THC A, the CBD A, those things are going to benefit you in ways that are increasingly being found to be immeasurable, so by all means juice it, juice it as much as you can, and just consider it as a superfood like it evidently is increasingly every day.

I totally agree with that, and I mean besides just the CBD and THC and all the other cannabinoids in there, there are other nutrients in the leaves such as the vitamins and the minerals and hopefully you guys are using the system like MIT here to grow nutrient rich and mineral rich foods. In addition there is chlorophyll. Any green food contains chlorophyll, it’s very similar to our red blood cells, so it can help to detox you. From all the different research I’ve seen, and after all my channel is called Growing your Greens, and I do not discriminate against any edible leafy green whether that is cannabis, ashitaba, like to grow that one, longevity greens or gynura procumbens some of my other favorite herbal greens, I mean we all need to embrace these greens, they were put on this planet for a reason.

Oh yeah, you know I want to mention this, I saw this leaf here, man, and this leaf had this white stuff on the back, now what you got some powdery mildew or what’s going on here man? You’re supposed to be organic, what’s up? [laughter] Exactly, so we’ve got problem with this white stuff. Actually no, no, no. It’s not a problem, what it is, is simply diatomaceous earth.

As you may or may not remember if you’ve seen the other videos that we’ve done in the past, we use diatomaceous earth here at North Coast and we use that as an all-natural mechanical pesticide. What it does is it acts as little tiny shards of glass in case any insects walk across it and die. So that’s what is on the back of this leaf, and we don’t use it, and this is an important point to know, we only use it when the plants are in their vegetative state. Once they go into flower, we don’t use it, it never gets mixed into the flowers that actually get produced to be consumed by patients. So we don’t use it there, but we will use it here, and occasionally it will be resident on the leaves still even in the flower stage. If you see this, if you’re using DE and you see this on the leaves, you don’t want to use these leaves not because it’s going to hurt you, not because it’s going to hurt you, but because the DE acts as, think of them as little sponges, and they’ll absorb the nutrients that you’re putting into your system with the juice, and you won’t get those nutrients assimilated into your blood stream.

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They’ll be passed out of your body. So DE acts in that absorbent capacity with respect to things like heavy metals as well. So people do ingest, in fact I’ve done it in the past, I went on a three-month program where every day I ingested DE but I never did it with a meal, and I never did it with a meal because I wanted those nutrients that I was taking in to get assimilated into my blood stream. I always did it in between meals. So for the same reason I pluck out any leaves that have some residual DE on it, and I don’t juice it.

If you get one or two leaves in out of 1,000 or 100 or whatever is it going to be the end of the world? No, not that big of a deal, but what you don’t want to do, you want to have this information, be armed with this information, so that you’re not juicing a ton of leaves with DE on it, and therefore not getting the benefits that you’re doing this all for in the first place. Awesome yeah, I mean the other thing you can do too is just simply wash off your leaves and just wash them off to make sure there’s no DE or any other kind of things that may be on your leaves before juicing them. All right MIT so I want to thank you for having me out to North Coast Naturals again, had a fun time juicing the straight up cannabis and actually I really loved the mixture, because I mean when drinking the juice, I mean I’ve drank literally thousands of different juice combinations but never one with cannabis and I really—something just lights up on the inside when I drank this it was like “Wow, this is what I’ve really been missing, really been needing,” I believe that cannabis should be legalized everywhere, and I believe that it is a leafy green that I believe everybody should be ingesting just like any other leafy green but the fact of the matter is clear, most Americans are not eating enough leafy greens in their diet, and cannabis is a leafy green, as is kale, as is collard greens, as is spinach, as is wheat grass, and it is a beneficial green for us.

So if you don’t take anything else from this video, get juicing and get growing some of your own greens so that you can be healthier, and in my opinion, the reason why I’m juicing and into gardening actually, is being proactive against my health instead of reactive. For those of you guys that know or don’t know, it was maybe like 25 years ago I was in the local hospital, and the doctor said that I was not going to make it out alive.

And that’s not a fun place to be, and you can think about what you could have been doing during your life to prevent that situation from happening, and that’s simply how I live on a day to day basis. I do not want to ever be back in the hospital with the doctor saying “John you might not make it out of here,” If I have control over the situation, and the way I’m taking control over my situation is by feeding my body some of the healthiest best stuff on the earth, which is basically home-grown fruits and vegetables, and yes, a whole ton of them.

All right MIT, so I look forward to having future episodes with MIT we’re going to get into the science of juicing, the science of the THC, the CBD, and even in 215 I heard he’s going to start a YouTube channel and have some of his own videos about different strains and all the other stuff that he’s been learning here growing some of the highest quality cannabis here at North Coast Naturals. So if someone wants to get a hold of you MIT because this guy is literally a wealth of knowledge. [laughter] Well once again, just like last time, we don’t have any methods of communication with the public in general as of right now, but as John mentioned in 2015, this year we are launching a full-on website and we are going to be producing some videos, we thank you all for the questions that we have received from your videos, we thank you for the correspondence that we’ve received to the extent that we’ve been able to receive it, and so we’re going to try and be receptive to that and address a lot of that, and we’ve got a lot of exciting thoughts in the pipeline, and we’re looking forward to explaining more and more about what we do at North Coast, and what you can do at home.

Awesome, awesome, yeah I mean I want to encourage you guys, if you made it through this whole video, congratulations you guys have an open mind, because I know some of you guys maybe turned it off after five minutes but then you wouldn’t get to see this message, and I just want to encourage you guys to have an open mind and experiment with things. You know, first time I’ve drank cannabis juice, I’m not high yet, MIT said I can’t get high, but more importantly I’ve gotten all the beneficial THC cannabinoids, CBD in the strongest way possible, the easiest for my body to be so that I can be as healthy as I can, I can continue to make these videos for you guys, and if you like this video please give me a thumbs up, I’ll be sure to come back and make more videos with MIT here at North Coast Naturals. Also be sure to subscribe to my videos, and be sure to check my other videos right? I have over 1,000 videos I’ve done maybe a handful on the cannabis, and if you’re freaking out about that, maybe you just need to find another YouTube channel to watch because I don’t discriminate against plants, I don’t think there should be laws against certain plants or anything, I think we should be able to use the plants that were given to us here on this earth to enjoy.

Anyway that’s it for this episode, once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, we’ll see you next time and until then, keep drinking your fresh cannabis juice..

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