Exploring the Historic and Potential Beneficial Qualities of Cannabis Roots

January 17, 2020


Unlike the leaves and buds of the cannabis plant, which also offer a wide-range of benefits, but are strictly regulated, the roots of the cannabis plant contain only trace amounts of cannabinoids and are considered both legal and safe to use in mainstream lifestyle products — according to current Health Canada standards.

We use these roots as the primary ingredient in our lotions and balms, to provide our customers with products that have the potential to provide the relief and benefits they seek, without the need to purchase it out of a cannabis dispensary.

But don’t let the fact that the roots are not as closely regulated as the rest of the plants confuse you; there’s plenty of beneficial punch jammed into the roots.

For centuries, healers from all over the planet have found countless ways to use cannabis roots to effectively treat a variety of ailments; we capture a summary in this blog, if you’re interested.

Here, we have compiled a collection of known uses and proven applications for this wondrous plant, and while this list is far from comprehensive, it’s certainly adequate enough to showcase the impressive historical power and future potential of cannabis root-based products.

  • A study carried out in 1971 revealed that cannabis roots contain a group of chemical compounds with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects.
  • It’s suggested that the ethanol extracted from cannabis roots contained friedelin, an antioxidant terpene with hepatoprotective action.
  • Laboratory tests showed that the friedelin and epifriedelanolits (cannabis roots components) successfully inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells.
  • Cannabis roots have been proven to contain alkaloids, which could be used for the treatment of menopause, bronchial problems and diabetes.
  • Considered to be an antioxidant, friedlin (found in cannabis roots) is thought to have hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) properties.
  • Up to the turn of the 20th century, physicians recommended decoctions of hemp root for treating inflammation.
  • The pentacyclic triterpene ketones in cannabis roots are thought to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells.
  • Though the research is minimal, cannabis roots may prove to possess effective cancer-fighting properties.
  • Cannabis roots are shown to have small quantities of choline; believed to be an essential dietary nutrient that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – vital to the development and maintenance of healthy cell membranes.
  • Cannabis roots may have varying properties depending on the strain. Although we still have a lot to learn here, the potential for future remedies in this space is huge.
  • Cannabis roots can be dried, ground and boiled for use as an anti-hemorrhagic to stop bleeding. This was particularly useful for postpartum bleeding after childbirth in the ancient world.
  • Experiencing troubled skin? You may want to try applying dry cannabis root.
  • It is reported that chemicals within the roots may play a role in protecting the liver. A compound called friedelin was isolated from the roots and is considered to be a free radical scavenger with liver-protective properties.
  • Other compounds isolated from the roots of the cannabis plant named pentacyclic triterpene ketones are associated with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Cannabis roots 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 roots are rich in triterpenoids such as friedelin and its derived epifriedelinol. Both compounds are abundant in nature and are known to have significant anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Cannabis root has been known to ease the pains of the gout, helps hard tumours or knots of the joints, cramps, shrinking of the sinews, and eases sciatic pain in the hip.
  • Cannabis roots contain a high concentration of friedelin, which has been researched for its antipyretic (fever-reducing) properties.
  • A scientific analysis of friedelin showed cytotoxic activity against various women-specific malignancies, including breast cancer, cervical carcinoma and ovarian cancer cell lines.
  • Cannabis roots have been known to offer pain killing and sedative properties for conditions such as skin rash and haemorrhoids.

Every day we hear from our satisfied customers about new ways they are using our products to relieve symptoms and address longstanding frustrations.

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