Cannabis Root A Hidden Healer
Cannabis Root: A hidden healer?
Typically, the thought of cannabis will cause one to conjure up images of Cheech-and-Chong like scenarios, rebellion, or Martha Stewart. But since cannabis has been legal for medicinal purposes in Canada since 2001, it has completely changed how we think of the plant. Many compounds found in the plant are used for various medical treatments, but there is an unusual culprit forgotten just below the surface of the plant that has been known to contain compounds that enact on the body in a way that can be curative of some ailments; its name is cannabis root.
The use of cannabis root for healing properties dates all the way back to the Romans in the first century, and has been used throughout history. Historically, the use of cannabis root has been thought to treat gout, arthritis, joint pain, fever, inflammation, skin burns, hard tumors, childbirth, gonorrhea, and infection. It is important to note that although it’s believed to treat many ailments, it is not a cure all. Historical accounts of substances can be tricky to back up. Thankfully modern technology has allowed examination of the chemical properties of the root, which allows us to understand how it reacts with our body.
Studies have revealed many compounds found in cannabis root that back up some of the historical claims regarding its healing properties. Anti-inflammatory properties of the root have been attributed to the compound friedelin. Friedelin has also been suggested to treat gout, syphilis, venereal diseases, and is said to be a strong antioxidant. Another compound found in cannabis root, called carvone, is currently being researched as a possible treatment for osteoarthritis. The root is also said to possess antipyretic compounds. In other words, those compounds have been known to treat things like fever.
Studies have also been conducted with cannabis root to explore any anti-cancer activity, but the results have proved a weak case to be applied to any serious cancer treatment. Anti-nausea capabilities are evident with the use of targeted compounds from cannabis root as well. It is important to mention again that although some studies have found light in the healing properties of cannabis root, it should not be a substitute for effective, proven medical treatment.
However in modern times, with the prohibition of cannabis widespread, the use of the plant as a whole has been discouraging to many. Not only has it been discouraging in society, but it has also been a grey area in the industry of research. Research on the effects of cannabis have been heavily regulated and restricted because it is such a controlled substance. But with the issues surrounding cannabis research, legalization in Canada offers new hope to the science of cannabis that maybe we could all benefit from.