Cannabis roots, what are they good for?

Published Dec 2, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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The cannabis plant is so well-known because all parts of the materials are beneficial. This includes the leaves, stalks buds, seeds and the roots.

The roots of the cannabis plant include three different types: fibrous roots, adventitious roots, and taproots. All of these root types are usable in some form for both medicinal and recreational purposes. The cannabis root has been used medicinally for many centuries. Physicians at one time would recommend the roots of the cannabis as an effective treatment for inflammation, fever joint pain, and gout.

Historical documents also indicate that the roots of the plant were used for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, painful childbirth, and gastrointestinal. Some of the compounds found in the roots that are responsible for assisting medicinal needs include valuable terpenes. Friedelin, Pentacyclic, Epifriedelanol, and Triterpene keystones all have health benefits, and all are located in the roots.

What is decoction?

The term decoction refers to the liquor that results from concentrating the roots; this is accomplished by heating or boiling the plant matter. This process is necessary when using the roots for health reasons.

How to concentrate the roots of cannabis plants

  1. To do this, the standard units to go by are 1 ounce of dried root to every two cups of boiling water.

  2. After putting the appropriate amount of dried roots into water, let the mixture simmer on medium until ¼ of the water has evaporated from the pot.

  3. Once you have simmered the liquid long enough for the water to burn off or evaporate, you will be ready to strain your mixture.

Your concoction is now prepared to serve. If you need to store your mixture safely, keep the mixture in the fridge for up to 72 hours.

How to make a soothing balm to decrease inflammation

  1. Grind your clean and dried roots until they look like powder.

  2. Mix ground roots with 4 cups of coconut oil.

  3. Add two cups of water.

  • Place in the slow cooker for 12-18 hours.

  • You now have a balm that can treat skin disorders like blisters and acne. When rubbed on the temples, headaches can also be relieved with this all-natural medicine.

    Benefits provided by using the roots of the cannabis plant

    Liver-protecting properties
    The cannabis roots contain Friedelin. Friedelin is thought to be an antioxidant. The roots also possess hepaprotective or liver protective qualities.

    Decreased inflammation
    Inflammation is addressed using the compounds found in the roots, which have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

    Cancer treatment
    Eradication of cancer cells is thought to be possible due to the apoptosis or what is known as programmed cell death. The research is minimal.

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    Strain-specific treatment options can be achieved through the roots. Enabling possible remedies for health concerns in the future.

    Cannabinoids are present in the roots of the cannabis plant, although the levels may be minimal compared to the buds; however, CBD is noted in the highest concentrations in the roots.

    Slow down bleeding
    Cannabis roots can be used to help in the slowing down of bleeding.

    Grinding the dry roots and adding them to hot water has been used effectively as an anti-hemorrhagic to stop bleeding.

    Even though current documentation shows that cannabis roots have been beneficial for therapeutic uses, much more research needs to be conducted to know for certain how effective they truly are.

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