How to get all that gunk out of your lungs and improve respiration

Today’s problems seem to be all about the lungs. From poor air quality to the coronavirus, the respiratory onslaught is relentless. As a society, we are getting used to measures like social distancing and masks but still, it’s getting harder to breathe. There are vitamins and herbs out there that improve respiration over time and […]

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The Importance Of Taking A Tolerance Break For Your Health

Smoking weed is a great way to unwind and has many benefits, but most stoners underestimate the importance of taking a tolerance break for your health. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a tolerance break is when you take a long break from consuming any cannabis products. The idea is that as a stoner you’ll […]

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Is my weed ok if it went through the washing machine and other questions… answered by Dr. Markus Roggen

Meet Dr. Markus Roggen, PhD. He has a doctorate in Chemistry. He is the founder and CEO of Complex Biotech Discovery Ventures LTD, a licensed cannabis research laboratory. Somehow, we managed to talk this guy into letting us ask him anything about weed. Recognizing such a rare and golden opportunity, we decided to share it […]

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Raw Cannabis Juice is the Next Superfood

Kale. Goji berries. Salmon. Cannabis juice?

Superfoods are all the rage among health-conscious foodies who want as many benefits as they can get from the products they put in their bodies. These unprocessed foods are known for their high nutritional value as well as their potential to reduce the risk of heart disease and possibly lower cholesterol levels. But, what if there was a more potent superfood that could not only offer preventative qualities but had curing, restorative properties as well?

Although there is plenty of information available to the public about the medical side of cannabis, there are still many people who are misinformed when it comes to the basics. In fact, there are some people who are still under the impression that smoking is the only way to experience the healing components of marijuana even though there are a number of other ways to effectively get cannabidiol (CBD) into the system.

Alternatives to smoking cannabis are becoming common knowledge due in part to the rise of ubiquity of the plant around the country. Multiple states and the District of Columbia currently allow card-carrying residents to use medical marijuana for qualified illnesses including cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma. Unfortunately, each state differs in what ailments are considered acceptable in order to be a legal patient.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD both improve functioning throughout the body particularly in areas that deal with pain, nausea, convulsions and inflammation. There are also a number of emotional and psychological benefits associated with cannabis that assist in alleviating depression, anxiety and symptoms associated with schizophrenia.

Cannabis is so helpful thanks to its healing compounds that attach to receptors within the body. Because the body already has its own built-in endogenous cannabinoid system, when CBD is introduced it helps normalize functional systems in the body. Marijuana is able to be so effective because cannabinoids allow two-way communication between nerve cells.

The raw buds and leaves of cannabis plants are packed full of nutrients and compounds that are very potent in cannabidiol acid (CBDa) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa). These compounds don’t produce the same high feeling like when smoking, vaporizing or eating foods with infused oils and butters. When CBDa and THCa are heated, the compounds then decarboxylate and are transformed into the CBD and THC that produce a notable high feeling.

Doctor William Courtney of the Cannabis International Foundation has been a leading advocate for the incredible benefits of raw cannabis. His research has supported the claim that without heating marijuana, the healing benefits of cannabis are maximized because it retains a higher concentration of CBD and THC in the form of CBDa and THCa. He is a leading researcher in dietary, non-heated cannabis and how it can heal the body of a number of ailments, especially when consumed as a juice like raw fruits and vegetables.

In Dr. Courtney’s short documentary, “Leaf” patient and researcher Kristen Peskuski shares her frustrating journey of navigating through life as a sufferer of systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis, hypoglycemia, anemia, chronic sinusitis and chronic bacterial infections. She was taking 40 different prescribed medicines and still experienced debilitating symptoms that made her miserable.

“Physicians were just trying to make me comfortable,” she said. “They really didn’t think that there was anything more that they could do and that I may not live to be 30.”

After experimenting with juicing at the recommendation of her physician, Dr. Courtney, Peskuski’s symptoms slowly disappeared and her illnesses went into sustained remission.

The healing secret lies behind the immune system boosting process the body uses to absorb what it needs. Vitamins and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream when raw plants including fruits and vegetables are in liquid form, giving the digestive organs a chance to rest as the body devours a high concentration of nutrients. According to Dr. Courtney, when fresh raw cannabis is juiced and introduced to the system, its restorative properties are increased.

Dr. Courtney believes a new way of thinking about cannabis and ways to use it as liquid medicine are long overdue, though the medicinal world has been slow on popularizing the benefits of raw cannabis juice.

“While our perception/publication of these physiologic properties are new,” he says, “the phenomenal beneficial effects were there yesterday, last year, if not hundreds of millions to billions of years ago.”

As researchers and specialists in the field, Dr. Courtney and Peskuski have presented case studies at conferences and symposiums around the world in attempts to raise awareness among both the recreational and medical marijuana industry about the potential for widespread healing.

The restorative properties in cannabis can also be helpful for people who don’t experience symptoms due to an illness. In a study conducted by the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany, Andras Biokei-Gorzo found evidence that suggested activating the cannabinoid system can trigger the release of antioxidants that also act as a cleansing agent. This component can assist not only regulating, but also boosting the immune system, nerve functions and bone functions associated with the endogenous cannabinoid system.

Those curious about cannabis juice are advised against dropping everything and going into their stash to find the best buds for the juicer. Cannabis that has been dried and prepared for smoking is not suitable for juicing. The leaves and buds must be fresh in order to ensure proper digestion. Dr. Courtney recommends juicing up to 15 leaves and two large raw buds and drinking it throughout the course of a day. Because raw cannabis juice has a bitter taste, it’s also advised to mix it with another vegetable juice like carrot.

With more developments and advancements happening around the country, perhaps raw cannabis juice will become more common among patients seeking long-lasting, medicinal benefits in a more alternative way as well as health aficionados eager to get their hands on the next best thing.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now

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The Details on Delta-8-THC

The world is getting wise to the truth about weed. As we are becoming aware of the benefits of cannabis, smart people are getting curious about it. When you take a plant with so much healing potential and then study its possibilities, you can learn some incredible things. As the research continues, a new cannabinoid […]

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5 Science Approved Ways To Break Your Bad Habits

If you refresh Instagram every half hour or spend too much time binge-watching Netflix, here are 5 science approved ways to break your bad habits. The Science Behind A Bad Habit To understand why we develop bad habits, it’s important to first get a grasp on the concept of reward-based learning. This form of learning […]

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Introducing New Series: Ask An Expert with Dr. Markus Roggen, PhD

One day, we got really really baked and started asking each other some really big questions… Were the people who lived during the 1800s smoking lots of weed?  If you go to bed really stoned, why can’t you seem to remember your dreams? The curiosity was unbearable and it couldn’t be abided. Lucky for us, […]

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Can Delta-8 THC Make You Fail a Drug Test?

For many potential cannabis consumers, drug testing at their place of employment is the determining factor in whether they use THC products or CBD products.

I have quite a few friends myself who would smoke cannabis regularly if they weren’t getting drug tested at work. The new Delta-8 craze has many people wondering if they can get away with smoking this milder version of marijuana and still keep their jobs. Will a drug test detect Delta-8 THC the same way it detects Delta-9? Let’s investigate.

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What is Delta-8 THC?

To understand the difference between Delta-8 THC and Delta-9 THC, you’ll have to think in terms of chemistry. Admittedly, science never my best subject in school, but some basics stuck with me. For instance, you likely know that when we make minor chemical changes to a compound, we can create something entirely different.

Take into account the air around us, O2 vs O3. When we breathe, we are breathing in O2, or molecular oxygen, comprised of two oxygen molecules held together by a covalent bond. If you simply add one more oxygen molecule to the mix you now have O3, or ozone, which is a highly reactive gas, a form of pollution, that can cause serious health complications if we breathe it in.  

Thankfully, the differences between D8 and D9 don’t break down to healthy vs deadly. Delta-8 THC only has some minor chemical differences from Delta-9, as well as some differences in effects. It’s mildly psychoactive, although it’s less intense than D9. Delta-8 is only present in trace amounts in cannabis plants, so to utilize it, this compound needs to be extracted and isolated.

As far as medical benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are many of particular interest. Numerous studies dating back to the early 1970s indicate that Delta-8 has extremely powerful effects on the immune system. It has also been observed shrinking tumors and completely eliminating nausea in patients who were sick from other medications. Much of the research was conducted by Prof. Raphael Mechoulam and his team. s

How Drug Testing for Cannabis Works

When it comes to cannabis, standard urine tests are used to detect use ranging from 1 to 45 days, roughly. Occasional users will typically be clean after 1-5 days, regular light users will take about 1-3 weeks, and for heavy daily users, expect 4 to 6 weeks to get clean.

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Contrary to popular belief, standard urine tests don’t screen for the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in cannabis, but rather, they detect the metabolites created by the human body when we are exposed to THC. This class of metabolites is known as THC-COOH. These metabolites are nonactive, so drug tests are only measuring exposure, NOT impairment. Marijuana impairment cannot be detected through any kind of test.  

THC-COOH is the most common name for this metabolite, and it’s read “carboxy THC”. It’s the second THC-metabolite formed in our bodies, following hydroxy-THC, immediately after exposure. THC-COOH is lipid-soluble, meaning it’s stored in our fat cells making it detectable in our systems for much longer than other substances, those that are water soluble for example.

Testing for Delta-8 THC

Yes, the above section refers to Delta-9 THC, however, Delta-8 produces these same metabolites in the body. How they get picked up by a drug test is the question, but presumably, when testing for metabolites, one can assume the test will be activated by Delta-8 as well. After all, the compounds are very similar chemically.

After a bit of research looking at the descriptions of numerous different multi-panel drug tests, I found one that specifically claims to be able to detect Delta-8 THC use. As a matter of fact, according to the package insert, this test can detect Delta 8 metabolites at lower levels than Delta 9.

The drug test description states that “Marijuana metabolite / 11-nor-Δ8-THC-9-COOH, 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol, 11-nor-delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid, delta(8)-Tetrahydrocannabinol-11-oic acid, delta(6)-Tetrahydrocannabinol-7-oic acid can be detected at 30ng/mL cutoff,” compared to 50ng/mL for Delta 9.

What About System Cleansers?

There are a lot of products out there claiming to clean any trace of marijuana from your system fast, but do they actually work? Some brands say it only takes one use, others say up to 7 days. There are capsules, beverages, and even synthetic urine. Some people claim that certain vitamins and foods will do the trick. Let’s take a look at some of the most common methods and analyze their effectiveness.

I’ll start with a quick story though. Back when I was in my early 20s, I was taking a road trip from California to New Orleans with a bit of pot for my own personal use (less than 1 ounce), when I ran into an unavoidable checkpoint near the Juarez border in Texas. They had dogs, so needless to say, my weed was found, I was arrested, and after some fines and court dates, I was luckily able to avoid jail time and get 6 months of probation.

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At one point during my probation period, it was New Year’s weekend and I decided to smoke a blunt with my friends. Not the brightest idea but I figured that I could just use this stuff I saw at the local headshop called Royal Flush to clean out my system and all would be fine and good. Well, that was definitely not the case.

As per the instructions, I drank the full bottle on an empty stomach 1 hour before going to my probation meeting. It was completely disgusting but I begrudgingly finished the whole thing and confidently went on my way. Fast forward to the actual drug testing, which was supervised by a female parole officer so there was no way to pull off the synthetic urine. Well, right in front of the P.O., my urine came out completely purple, the color of the drink! Now whether it tested positive or not, I will never know because she looked at me and immediately knew that I used a system flusher.

So, head shop products, mostly a no-go. I will say from personal experience again, that synthetic urine does work, at least it did when I used many years ago. Now, certain more high-end test can detect synthetic urine as well.

Anther semi-common method is using niacin, also known as Vitamin B3. This has actually been scientifically proven to work, but if you’re consuming enough niacin to clear your urine of any drugs, you will likely also experience symptoms of niacin toxicity which include vomiting, fever, chills, and general sickness.

Drinking a lot of water, doing rigorous exercise, and even a natural cranberry juice cleanse all can be helpful, but of course, that depends entirely on the individual’s physiology and how much cannabis they consume.

Final Thoughts

Honestly, if you want to be 100% sure you won’t fail a drug test, your best bet is to just refrain from consuming any cannabis products – including hemp AND delta-8 – for about 30 days. It’s not ideal, but sometimes it’s the only way.

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What are hemp hearts? Composition, Nutrition, and Benefits

Hemp seeds come from the male cannabis plant. They are small and hard on the outside, with a soft nutritious treasure inside. It’s a tasty super treat called the hemp heart. Cannabis may just become legal but hemp has always been around. Why? For a plant, it can produce green gold, just not THC. Still, […]

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