Cannabis roots have a long history of being used as medicine. For example, looking at the history of cannabis roots in India, we can determine that it has been a very popular herb for centuries and has been used for various medical conditions by Ayurvedic physicians.
Cannabis roots are the part of the plant that anchors it to the ground. They are also known as taproots or tuberous roots. This article will explore their history in traditional medicine, modern research, and possible future applications.
The Early History of Cannabis Roots in Medicine
The use of marijuana has been documented for thousands of years. Chinese emperors, Egyptian pharaohs, and Roman gladiators were among those who enjoyed its benefits. Even in ancient times, people knew that smoking marijuana had a calming effect on the mind and body.
Cannabis in Ancient China
Cannabis roots have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments, from pain to inflammation. The first written records of cannabis roots being used medicinally dating back to 2737 BC in China. In addition to being an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, cannabis root was also used for other medicinal purposes, such as treating insomnia and vomiting during pregnancy.
Cannabis in Ancient India
The use of cannabis roots was also common in India, where it was known as “ganja” or “bhang” (a preparation made from leaves and seeds). It was often consumed during religious festivals like Holi, still practiced today by Hindus all over India.
Cannabis in Ancient Greece and Rome
In ancient Greece and Rome, people used cannabis to treat various ailments, including pain, inflammation, nausea, and vomiting. It was also used as an analgesic to alleviate childbirth during this time period.
The Modern History of Cannabis Roots in Medicine
Modern research has shown that cannabis roots have a range of therapeutic properties. They can be used to treat conditions like inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that make them useful for treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The Medical Use of Cannabis Today
The modern history of cannabis roots in medicine dates back to the early 20th century when cannabis roots were used as a treatment for uterine and breast cancer. In fact, according to a medical journal published in 1929, “cannabis root completely cured a case of uterine cancer.”
Cannabis roots were also used as an anti-inflammatory agent for rheumatism and arthritis and as a diuretic to treat kidney disease.
The Potential of Cannabis as a Future Medicine
However, in recent years there has been a growing interest in using cannabis as a future medicine. In many places around the world, there has been a movement toward legalizing medical marijuana or decriminalizing marijuana possession for personal use.
Modern Research on the Medicinal Properties of Cannabis Roots
In recent years, modern research has confirmed some of these findings about cannabis roots’ health benefits. For example:
- Antibacterial activity against bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella typhimurium, and Bacillus subtilis.
- Antifungal activity against fungi such as Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans.
- Adenosine receptor agonist activity.
- Cannabis roots can help fight bacterial infections: Several studies have found that certain compounds in cannabis roots have strong antibacterial activity against certain bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- Cannabis roots are effective against strep throat: Several studies have found that compounds found in cannabis roots — cannflavin A — have therapeutic effects on improving strep throat.
- Cannabis has also been used for centuries as a painkiller, with many cultures using it for this purpose. It’s thought that Ancient Egyptians may have used cannabis in addition to other plants such as henbane, mandrake, and belladonna as part of their pharmacopeia. There are references to cannabis being used as a painkiller in Egyptian medical texts dating back to 1550 BC.
- A primary benefit of cannabis roots is that they help to heal wounds and skin conditions. They contain a high linoleic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help with eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
- It also helps dry skin, containing essential nutrients such as zinc and magnesium. These nutrients help with cell growth and repair, making them perfect for improving the appearance of your skin.
Cannabis as an Anti-inflammatory
The first example of cannabis being used for medical purposes comes from the ancient Chinese, who used it to treat gout and rheumatism. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are well-documented by modern science. Studies show that cannabinoids have been shown to have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which can be useful in treating some diseases.
Cannabis Roots for Treating Toxins and Infections
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), cannabis root is used as a diuretic and analgesic. The TCM approach also includes other ways to use cannabis root, such as taking it orally or applying it topically as a liniment for treating rheumatism or sciatica and applying it topically on your skin for treating inflammation and pain caused by arthritis.
Cannabis Roots for the Digestive System
While marijuana has been used for millennia to treat various medical conditions, it was only recently that scientists discovered how it works in the body: By activating specific receptors in our cells, cannabinoids can influence how we feel and how we respond to stress. At this point, there are two main receptors that scientists have identified: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are found in many areas of the brain and nervous system, including areas that control pain perception, muscle coordination, and memory formation. They can also be found in parts of the digestive tract, including the stomach and intestine.
Interestingly enough, CB2 receptors are found primarily on cells belonging to our immune system (including white blood cells). These receptors play an important role in regulating inflammation in our bodies — especially when we suffer from certain types of chronic pain or inflammation-associated conditions like arthritis or colitis.
The active ingredients in cannabis roots are triterpenes, such as beta-sitosterol, which has anti-inflammatory effects on the digestive system. These compounds also have antioxidant properties that protect your cells from free radicals that can damage DNA or cell membranes and lead to cancerous growth in your body.
Cannabis Roots for Topical Use
Cannabis roots have been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine as a topical pain reliever. The root of the cannabis plant is still used as an ingredient in some skin creams and lotions.
Cannabis root’s medicinal properties began to be studied in earnest in the 1970s. Although it’s still too early to definitively claim that cannabis root is the next big thing in holistic medicine, there is enough interesting information available today to suggest that this has the potential to become a potent new tool for alternative medicine.
Throughout the history of cannabis, its roots have been a medicinal tool for humans and animals. While modern society has successfully eliminated the majority of uses of this ancient weed, research continues to support many uses. As more people become aware of the problematic side effects of chemical medications available today, there will be an increasing demand for natural remedies such as cannabis roots.