Meet Charlotte, a young girl with Dravet syndrome who not so long ago was catatonic and experiencing over 300 seizures per week. Then cannabis entered the picture, and her life changed forever. Down to one seizure each week, Charlotte also began to walk and talk. A feeding tube had been the norm; now she feeds herself unassisted. And this is just one of many miracles attributed to this highly controversial plant.
A beneficial ‘weed’
William L. Courtney, M.D. and dietary raw cannabis specialist, makes an important distinction between marijuana and cannabis. When cannabis is juiced or consumed in a raw state, the plant is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulator — with no psychedelic effect. According to Courtney, marijuana on the other hand is the product of human manipulation by heating the plant, which changes the chemical components of the plant into mind-altering tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both forms have their medicinal benefit, although many believe that cannabis in a raw state is the most powerful. Ingesting raw cannabis is effective for pain, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, cancer and autism, as well as a number of different disorders involving dysfunctional immune response, like lupus.
Kristen Peskuski can vouch for the healing power of cannabis. Bedridden and taking over 40 medications, she relocated to California in order to have legal access to the plant. Although she experienced a certain measure of relief from smoking marijuana, the results weren’t satisfactory. Kristen then decided to try raw cannabis juice. Within six weeks, she experienced profound healing — including remission of lupus and cervical cancer, the disappearance of asthma and hypothyroidism and a reduction in environmental sensitivities. Her immune system began functioning normally, and she was able to stop all pharmaceutical medications.
Even though ingesting raw cannabis has demonstrated an astounding ability to heal serious illness, smoking marijuana has also been found to be helpful, albeit to a lesser degree. Examples of diminished appetite, nausea, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and severe pain have all responded favorably to marijuana. In fact, a state-run nursing home a few miles outside of Tel Aviv in Israel provides many of their residents with marijuana to treat a spectrum of disorders. Unlike the United States, Israel has embraced research on the plant and recognized its exceptional medicinal benefit decades ago.
Sources for this article include: