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The Powerful Benefits Of Cannabis Roots

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The root of cannabis has a long and valuable history of medical use in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for more than 5000 years, as a painkiller and to treat postpartum hemorrhage, STD, rheumatism, fever, infections, gout, venereal diseases, swelling and gastrointestinal diseases. 
It has been used topically to soothe skin wounds and burns. 
Juice of cannabis root has been used for lowering blood pressure, easier childbirth and to alleviate toothache.

Cannabis root is also an important ingredient in various aphrodisiac formulations. Aphrodisiac therapy is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda, which deals with infertility problems in men and women and includes therapies for improving sexual powers and virility.

A root's four major functions are:
- Absorption of water and inorganic nutrients
- Anchoring of the plant body to the ground and supporting it
- Storage of food and nutrients
- Vegetative reproduction 

Root is rich in triterpenoids, monoterpenes, sterols, friedelin, lignans, choline, alkaloids, epifriedetanol. It also contains very high levels of CBD. Cannabis is the only plant known to contain CBD.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the Cannabis plant. 
THC has psychoactive properties that affect your brain and give you a "high" feeling. Cannabis root has no traces of THC.
CBD is non-psychoactive which means that it will not get you high or create effect on your cognitive abilities. The CBD does not have the side effects. Scientific researches reported that CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, anti-spasm, antioxidant, anti nausea, liver protective and potentially anti cancer effects. 
THC also has many medical benefits.

Cannabis root can be infused into a tea or tincture or used as balm, as a juice or mixed with ghee.

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How to make a cannabis root tea

Tea or decoction of the cannabis root is a very effective diuretic and promotes development of healthy cell members. It can be used to relieve stiffness in the joints, decrease fever (used both orally and as a compresses), for treating rashes, hemorrhoids, and to prevent intestinal parasites. It eases the feeling of nausea and helps reduce anxiety.

Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbs to dissolve oils, volatile organic compounds and other various chemical substances. Tea and coffee making are very basic decoctions.


- Take out the root from the soil.
- Wash it thoroughly.
- Crash the fresh root in a mortar and pestle to extract its juices. You can also use dried root. After washing, let it dry in a dark place for at least one week.
- Grate or grind the dried root into a powder.
- Boil the roots to make a powerful tea. Add a little coconut oil while brewing to help release some fat soluble terpens and CBD present in roots.
- Add spices like black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, chili pepper, garlic, cloves etc. and you will have a remedy for muscle pain.

You can also mix root powder with a plain warm water or honey until the paste is formed and apply it on the skin or scalp. It will regenerate the skin and enhance hair growth.

Powder made of dried roots and cooked with red wine is an aphrodisiac.

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How to make tinctures from cannabis roots

- Add 30 grams of cannabis root to 1 liter of vodka. Instead of vodka you can also use food grade vegetable glycerin. 
- Close the lid and store it in a dark and dry place. 
- Shake the jar every day. 
- Allow the tincture to sit for at least 1 month up to 1 year depending on your preference. 
- Strain the tincture and pour it into a dropper bottle. 
- Place 10-15 tincture drops under your tongue, up to three times a day as needed, because it will get into your arterial system faster. 
- To evaporate alcohol before consuming, pour the tincture into a hot tea or hot water and drink it.


- Cannabis is still illegal in most places.
- Soil contaminated with heavy metals can produce toxic roots that should not be used for therapeutic purposes.

Author: Ayurveda Tutorials


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