Cannabis – A Universal Help And Medicine – Part V
Today, we are going to describe the root and the stem and tell you how to use them.Since the first issue of My Herbs came out last July we have been introducing you to the healing effects of one of the most interesting and useful plants we know – cannabis. From now on, we will begin to acquaint you with the different parts of the plant and their possible uses and will share a few quick and helpful recipes with you, too. Well, let’s start from the bottom – with the root and the stem.
You might have already heard about the holistic healing effects of cannabis seeds, resin-filled flowers (buds), and even leaves. What you might not have heard about, though, are the medicinal uses of the remaining parts of the plant – the root and the stem.
Cannabis stems are widely used in many industries, whether it is the papermaking, rope-making or clothing industry, house construction and insulation, or even cutting-edge automobile technologies. But cannabis stems are rarely used for medicinal purposes, although two centuries ago they were considered a common remedy.
First of all, we should remember the indisputable advantage of the cannabis root and stem, which is the absence of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That means you cannot get intoxicated by consuming either of those parts, and you may be able to keep it, process it and use it legally.
The vast majority of people who use cannabis as medicine or just grow it for fun consider the root of the plant to be a waste product with no technical or medicinal use. But if we take a peek into history again, we will find out that actually the opposite is true.
In a famous pharmacopeia, a book containing a list of medicines and drugs and instructions for their use, attributed to the Chinese mythical king Shennong in approximately 2700 BC (which we already mentioned in one of the previous chapters of the series), we can read that dried and ground cannabis root served as the basic component of a cementing paste used for alleviating pain caused by fractures and as an anesthetic during surgeries.
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