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This has been known ever since antiquity, when in some areas of Asia, like in Nepal, the resin was extracted by rubbing the buds or leaves in one's hands to obtain top-quality charas, a practice that has survived all the way down until today. Another way to obtain the resin from these leaves is through techniques like that of the Ice-o-Lator. It's very simple: you place the leaves and the leftover plant material on a mesh, which is, in turn, located atop other smaller ones.

You then submerge it in a bucket of very cold water. Little by little the resin will filter through the meshes and you'll be able to gather it. Moreover, before smoking them or extracting the resin, you can use the leaves for something very important: checking your plant's health . If the leaves begin to take on a dark brown tone, the pH of the water you've used to irrigate may not be right. If they turn yellow they have suffered stress from the source of light and heat that they are receiving. Brown or yellowish spots on the surface, meanwhile, may indicate a lack of calcium. Some of these problems may be corrected with the right nutrients, or by modifying the heat source, whether the sun or a lamp. Only when a leaf is very damaged should it be discarded; for example, if it has been overrun by insects.

If you're not convinced about smoking it, don't worry: the rest of the cannabis plant is still good for much more. For ages its leaves have been used as a remedy against many diseases. With them you could, and still can, make a rubbing alcohol. For three or four weeks, in a well-covered glass bottle, macerate a litre of alcohol with rosemary and 20 - 30 g of marijuana leaves. The leaves also can also be used to prepare a nice weed tea. Remember that this drink by itself does not produce any effects, as the cannabinoids are not hydrosoluble. If you want to experience them, you'll need to mix the leaves with oil or butter. Place everything in a filter and steep in hot water for half an hour. In addition, many have found cannabis leaves to have medicinal properties. Former cricket player Viv Richards shared that on one occasion when he travelled to Jamaica he told friends about some vision problems that he had been experiencing. They took him to a herbologist, who recommended a green tea prepared with fresh marijuana leaves. “Whenever I drank that tea, I knew that it was going to do wonders for me.” Once again, make sure that the plant that you use for the tea has not been exposed to many fertilisers. If your leaves are not from home-grown plants, confirm that they proceed from organic cannabis plants. If this option is just not your “cup of tea,” you can always make juice. On the Internet you can find a number of recipes to put the other parts of your plants to use. Some people mix green leaves in a blender with a store-bought or previously-prepared juice, as seen in the video above. This is precisely the advantage of this drink: you can mix them with whatever fruit flavours you like. If you have pets at home and plants outside it is normal for them to be attracted to cannabis, and even to bite a few plants. Although they may enjoy munching on the leaves, you do need to prevent them from consuming related products, like cannabis oil or butter, whose THC content can adversely affect them. As long as it's just a chomp here and there, you won't have any problems. As you can see, your plants can be used for much more than producing the raw material to fill your joints. Plant leaves can yield a set of pleasurable products, or even be used to treat different ailments. And the icing on the cake is that your pets can enjoy them too. Autism is a complex biological disorder characterised by difficulties with speech; abnormalities of posture or gesture; problems with understanding the feelings of others; sensory and visual misperceptions, fears and anxieties; and behavioural abnormalities such as compulsive/obsessive behaviour and ritualistic movements. The National Autistic Society estimates that more than half a million people have autism in the UK with four times more boys than girls affected. No single cause has been established, although genetic and environmental factors are implicated. There is growing evidence that nutritional therapy can really make a big difference to children with autism. Many have severely disrupted digestion, so restoring balance in the gut is a key focus for nutritional therapy.

Also important is balancing blood sugar, checking for brain-polluting heavy metals, excluding food additives, identifying food allergies and possible nutrient deficiencies, and ensuring an optimal intake of essential fats. Read on for more information on how autism can be influenced by nutrition. Many parents of autistic children report that their child received repeated or prolonged courses of antibiotic drugs for ear or other respiratory infections during their first year, before the diagnosis of autism. Broad-spectrum antibiotics kill good as well as bad bacteria in the gut, and this may be why autistic children commonly have bowel irregularities. So if your child has autism, restoring a healthy gut is vital. You can start simply, by supplementing digestive enzymes, and giving probiotics to restore the balance of gut bacteria.

Both measures help heal the digestive tract and promote normal absorption, and have produced positive clinical results in autistic children. Search our evidence database and enter ‘digestion’ and ‘autism’ into the search field for a summary of studies that demonstrate a link between digestive problems and autism. Further courses of antibiotics will eliminate beneficial gut bacteria, so will need to be replenished. Key Action: Take a probiotic: key to digestion is having balanced gut ecology. This means plenty of beneficial gut flora and lower levels of the non-beneficial strains.


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