Article by Core Spirit
The weed root is the most underutilized part of the weed plant. Save it because it could come in handy!
We use almost every part of the weed plant: leaves, seeds, flowers, resin, fiber. During historical times, cannabis root was highly valued by our ancestors as they used them for medicine.
The Roots of Weed Therapy
Hemp root was first recorded in Chinese medical literature about 5,000 years ago. The document states that the juice of hemp root is an effective diuretic. Ancient Chinese used it to stop hemorrhages in women after they gave birth. Chinese literature also documents the use of hemp root to manufacture gunpowder.
Around 77-79 CE, Pliny, a Roman historian, published known uses of hemp root in his book Natural Histories. He said that when hemp was boiled in water, it was useful in treating joint stiffness as well as gout and similar disorders. Pliny also wrote that raw hemp root could be applied topically to soothe burn wounds.
Between the 9th and 18th CE, manuscripts in Azerbaijani also documented the popular uses of hemp roots as a decoction to treat wounds and cure fevers. It was used by Azerbaijani to treat toothaches, ulcers, and abscesses.
Throughout history there have been other little known documented uses of cannabis root. While herbal uses from the ancient and medieval times have survived to present day, it seems that the numerous useful properties of cannabis root aren’t mentioned as often as other plants. But that doesn’t mean that hemp root does not have any healthy uses.
Cannabis Roots as Medicine
Analysis of chemical compounds in these roots show why they are considered such important healing and anti-inflammatory herbs.
Cannabis roots are made up of lipids and sugars.