Like a lot of plants, the makeup of the plant can all hold different properties, potencies and purpose. Flowers and seeds aren’t the only parts that hold the magic.
The roots of the cannabis plant has a long history of medical use stretching back back to 2700 BC. One of the first mentions of the medical use of cannabis root was by the Roman historian in the 17th century, who wrote that boiling the plant roots could create a liquid that could alleviate joint stiffness, gout, and related illnesses. After this time, herbalists and physicians were utilizing cannabis root to treat fever, arthritis, hard tumors. Despite the long history of cannabis root medicinal properties, we have largely ignored its powerful impacts in our current cannabis research resurgence.
It is reported that chemicals within the roots may play a role in protecting the liver and colon. A compound called friedelin when isolated from the roots is considered to be a free radical scavenger with protective properties.
Other compounds isolated from the roots of the cannabis plant named pentacyclic triterpene ketones are associated with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
The cannabis root has been linked to apoptosis, the phenomenon where cells stop growing, and of halting the growth of colon cancer cells in laboratory studies.
Cannabis roots also contain small amounts of choline. Choline is a macronutrient that is involved in numerous biological processes, including nerve function, boosting energy levels, and brain development.
Cannabis root can be infused into creating a restorative tea or into a tincture. It has also been made into a balms and pastes to heal wounds, burns, rashes, and hemorrhaging.
The Cannabis plant is proving to us that it holds a great deal of history, uses, and medicinal properties.