Our livers do a lot for our bodies, even when we’re at our healthiest. It’s not always possible for our bodies to maintain a healthy balance with so many contributing factors including liquor, pesticides, and many other medications or toxins that may enter our system. While medicines like opioids are designed to help our bodies, a pretty big side effect is the toll they take on our livers. A liver detox that is gentle, and supported by the healing properties of cannabis can go a long way to help support and rejuvenate our systems.
The liver is responsible for filtering the blood coming from your digestive system , filtering the toxins out of your blood before continuing onto the rest of the body, carrying nutrients. The liver also detoxifies chemicals, metabolizes drugs, and creates proteins that are important for blood clotting.
In simpler terms: Imagine a big oil filter; as the oil passes through, it collects dust, dirt, and any other debris that might have collected in the oil. The oil filter is so good at catching this debris that It needs to be changed and cleaned. A dirty filter, can’t clean oil.
Just like an oil filter, our liver collects and holds onto toxins; this is why doing a liver detox, maintaining a healthy diet and limiting the number of substances and toxins our livers need filter is so important. Lucky for us, our diet and the foods we eat are an easy, and effective way to improve our liver health
The recipe is simple, but the quality ingredients are what bring value into this juice.
Cannabis has shown incredible promise for fibrosis of the liver. Liver fibrosis and liver scarring happen when the liver is continuously or repetitively damaged. The liver tries to heal itself by replacing damaged cells with scar tissue, but unlike liver cells, scar tissue does not filter toxins, and cannot filter the blood. Cells called hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) create excess collagen which creates the scarring on the liver and causes liver fibrosis.
The cannabinoids within cannabis and in this case, specifically CBD can help with liver fibrosis because of its ability to interact with our bodies Endocannabinoid System. The ECS, in short, is a complicated signaling system that connects and mediates signals between all of our metabolic processes. A study published in Cell Death and Disease showed how in mice, CBD caused the death of HSCs, stopping the production of excess collagen and as a result, reducing liver fibrosis. While the research is young, scientists are excited about how CBD can effect, and reduce liver fibrosis.
Now that we understand our livers, and how cannabis can support and assist in maintaining a healthy body, it’s onto the tasty stuff. This recipe is simple and loaded with incredible nutrients that can do wonders for our livers, and our health in general.
When it comes to the “dose” of your juice, cannabis leaves do not have an intoxicating effect, so there is no risk of getting high from the cannabis juice. For an effective, gentle purge of the liver, twice a day for three days is plenty enough to do a good job at supporting your liver and other “filtering” organs. If you want a deeper, more intense cleanse, drink the juice twice a day for 5 days.
When you are doing a cleanse or detox for an extended period of time, the most important tip we have is to stay hydrated. Drinking water is what will push the toxins through and out of your system. Without water, your system turns into a stagnant pool, as opposed to a flowing river.
Juicer (a blender works fine)
Strainer (if using blender)
If you can, use only organic produce the point of doing a cleanse or detox is to get rid of harmful chemicals and to reduce the toxins in the body, organic produce is not sprayed or treated with same pesticides and chemicals the way regular produce is. If using organic produce is not an option, make sure you wash your produce very well.
Our livers are important, and a vital role for our bodies overall health. Whether you’re repairing a damaged liver, or maintaining a healthy one, detox is an incredible tool, packed full of nutrients and benefits, all supported by the healing properties of cannabis.
Keep in touch and let us know how your cannabis-infused liver detox works for you. Enjoy the green juice, and stay healthy!