Is This Leafy Green Vegetable a Dietary Essential?

“Eat your leafy green vegetables every day,” our parents lovingly admonished us. Little did they know how right they were.

As it turns out—and it’s fun to think about how this news would horrify many of them—cannabis is as beneficial to your overall health as spinach, kale, or arugula. Moreover, it should be consumed every day by everyone, beginning at birth.

World’s most important vegetable


That’s the medical opinion of trailblazing cannabis physician William Courtney, M.D., who considers the freshly-squeezed juice of the cannabis plant an essential nutrient in the daily diet of all humans. “It is the world’s most important vegetable,” he says.

Yes, in its fresh, raw form, cannabis is a veggie. Surprisingly, it contains virtually no free tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and so by itself cannot get anyone high. There is typically no psychoactivity in the fresh, raw plant or its juice, as the cannabinoids are bound in their so-called “acid” form. That does not mean they are psychedelic. Just the opposite.

There are four important acids worthy of special note, two for inflammation and two for cancer. Cannabigerolic acid and cannabichromenic acid (CBGA and CBCA) are potent anti-inflammatory agents. And, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid and cannabidiolic acid (THCA and CBDA) inhibit cancer cell growth, apparently acting both preventively and as a remedy.

Disease: it’s so yesterday

As a bonus, CBDA, like the first two compounds, is also excellent for fighting chronic inflammation, the cause of nearly all debilitating disease. If consumed daily from early childhood, these cannabinoids could conceivably make chronic diseases a part of medical history. And again, none of the compounds exhibits any psychoactive potential or side effects, making them powerful dietary supplements for all.


So let’s get creative and make a salad! Why not toss a few leaves in some fresh minced garlic and maybe some MagicalButter Olive Oil? Or, use a masticating juicer (the best type for juicing tough, fibrous material) to make healthy green smoothies. When abundant health is this simple, why do we humans choose instead to continue a cult of fear and secrecy, deprivation and punishment? Everyone should be educated that enhanced energy, renewed health, and feeling great are at their fingertips. Hopefully, we will live to see an enlightened future where we can buy cannabis leaves at the local grocery store, just as we buy basil and cilantro and other delicious herbs. All of humanity should have raw, fresh cannabis in their daily diet, the best preventive medicine known.

Thinking in reverse?

Humankind needs to start recognizing cannabis primarily as a green vegetable with miraculous health-enhancing properties that can also be made into a euphoriant, rather than viewing it mainly as a euphoriant that also can also have some health-enhancing properties. That backward logic is the root of the problem.

It is exciting to see the world’s consciousness gradually shifting. Freedom of access to cannabis is gaining favor among the general public, medical professionals, and politicians. But—like the minds of those opposed—change is still very slow and not broad enough. Pain and disease proceed to run rampant, while the world’s people could instead be thriving from the world’s greatest vegetable.

We raise our glass of green juice and drink a healthy toast to the day when reason, knowledge, and compassion prevail.

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Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of His company makes the Botanical Extractor, the appliance he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.
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