“Someone told me that the big fan leaves are not good because they do
not have any THC or CBD’s. Is that true? I would like to make tea with
While it is true there is no THC in the fan leaves, there is small amounts of THCA. There have
been studies showing they contain CBD’s, sometimes in much higher
content than the bud. This is exactly the part of the plant that people
are using RAW with such great success. Leaves are
picked from a plant that is about three months of age.
If you are strictly looking for
medical benefit without a “high”, this is a perfect way to medicate. You
may find that cooking degrades some or all of the medicinal
properties in these leaves. You will find the greatest value by using them
There are more than 525 molecules found in raw cannabis, some with synergistic effects.
According to Dr. Courtney
it takes about 4-8 weeks before full clinical benefit is reached. It
takes that long to fully saturate the fat tissue with
phyto-cannabinoids. Phyto-cannabinoids are fat molecules that are stored
in the adipose or fat tissue similar to the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E
and K. It appears that a wheat grass juicer is probably the best method
of breaking up the cannabis plant cells. Mix with a minimal amount of
organic fruit or vegetable juice – just enough to cut the bitter taste
of the raw cannabis. Choose lower sugar juices to minimize your
ingestion of simple sugars. Store leaves in a green bag in the
refrigerator; do not rinse until immediately before using. Dr. Courtney
recommends soaking leaves in water for five minutes before juicing.
Use organic cannabis that does not have any pesticides applied at any
point in its life cycle. Dr. Courtney recommends using ten large fan
leaves per day in juice, salsa, pesto, salad, etc. (I’ll be posting CannawitchCreation original recipes soon) If you have access to
fresh bud, he recommends juicing one raw bud/day.
Cannabinoids and THCA
are cleared rapidly from the blood, so frequent consumption of a small
amount of juice is ideal. Split the juice into five parts for five
divided doses per day.
Photography: CannawitchCreations Source: Dr. William Courtney