How to Use Cannabis Roots

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The Roots…

I bet you cats did not know that Cannabis roots are ancient form of medicine and may have a  major place in modern medicine.

So how does one prepare, and use cannabis roots medically? Well first you must grow them, then….

Proper Cleaning of the Cannabis Roots

The best method for decoction in today?s world a bit of elbow grease. First of all you must know that it?s best to use fresh roots the ones that are still full of nutrients.

Choose Your Growing Medium
Choose Your Growing Medium

This means roots from plants that have been grown in clean soil. 

Remember  that Cannabis is a powerful soil cleaner, which is great for crops, but terrible for folks who want to ingest roots free of heavy metals!!!

To properly decoct and clean your roots, gently pull them from the ground, taking care to break as few strands as possible in the process.

When the roots are free, separate them from the stalk and leaves with a sharp knife. Then the cleaning starts. Lukewarm water is all you need to clean the roots.

In fact, keep in mind that some soap may cause damage. 

Take your time cannabis roots are notorious difficult to clean. I highly recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush

to help separate the dirt from the roots. It?s an arduous process, but it?s worthwhile to get a clean and safe product.

Preparing the Root for Consumption……

Once the roots are clean, dry them off and store them in a dark, cool place for 48 hours to fully dry them out.

Once dry, you have two choices:

You can choose to boil the roots in water or grind them into a powder. Both methods work, but mashing the roots into a powder allows you to use them in other ways.

The standard unit for any decoction is 1 ounce of dried herb to two cups of boiling water. If you find your final product is too weak or strong, you can adjust the amounts on the next try. (If you can?t wait two days for the roots to dry out, double the amount used.)

Once you?ve decided on the amount to use, add your roots to the appropriate amount water and put it on the stove over medium heat. Let the concoction simmer until about one-quarter of the water has evaporated.

Creating Balms with Cannabis Root

cannabis concentrates
cannabis concentrates

Cannabis roots for balms also have a long history of use. To make your own, you?ll follow the steps above to extract, clean, and dry the roots of your cannabis plant.

Once you have dry roots, you?ll grind them into a fine powder.

Once you have a powder, you can mix this with any kind of oil or fat.

Then place it in a slow cooker for 12-18 hours.

Use the powder from 1 to 2 root balls, 4cups of fat (like coconut oil), and 2 cups of water. you can also add beeswax to harden the balm until it is ready for use. This just makes it easier to transport and store.

Once that?s done, you?ll have a root salve that can treat skin disorders like acne and blisters. You can also rub it on your temples for headaches or your chest to soothe congestion. It even works on achy joints.

 How About, Cannabis Root Tea???

Yes you can make Canaroot Tea  I don’t think I have to tell you how to make tea, it is as simple as this… don’t boil it steep it!!!

Once the water evaporates, strain the mixture and serve. You can save your decoction for up to 72 hours in the fridge.

In my findings I understand that cannabis roots have a reputation as being able to help with the symptoms of stiff joints, minor infections, and skin inflammation and high blood pressure.

There are trace amounts of cannabinoids within the roots, but this is not what people are after when preparing cannabis roots for consumption.

How To Make Your Own Cannaroot Tea

Now another way calls for placing powdered cannabis root into a slow cooker for 12 hours, with the option of adding other herbs like anise and cinnamon to the mix.

The resulting concoction can be strained and used like regular, but with the medicinal benefits of cannabis roots.

Make Sure Your Root Tea is not Toxic!

Alkaloid (pyrrolidine and piperidine) are compounds within the root that are toxic in high levels.

These can irritate the lining of your stomach and even be damaging to your liver. For this reason, we do not recommend long term use of cannabis root medicines.

Every part of the cannabis plant can used for nutritional or medicinal benefit.

When you take down your plant, consider using all of the parts, even the cannabis roots.

Medicinal Compounds in Cannabis Roots…..

These important terpenes:: friedelin, pentacyclic, triterpene ketones, and epifriedelanol have significant health benefits.

Friedlein is an antioxidant that protects the liver; Epifriedelanol has anti-tumor benefits; the other two have been shown to kill cancer cells, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

  • These have been used for millennia, having appeared in text from Classical Greece?s Pliny the Elder and in ancient Chinese  and Andulision medicinal manuscripts.

Let it be known and understood that for centuries Chinese medicine incorporated every part of the cannabis plant in traditional remedies. While the leaves, stalk and seeds all had their reported  therapeutic  purposes (from loosening up the bowels to curing postpartum depression), the ancient medicine men of the east used the roots of Cannabis sativa during labor and delivery and as a way to help painful blockage of the bladder.

For these practices, the Chinese had two ways of preparing the root.

The first, and more straight-forward method, was to pummel fresh roots with a mortar and pestle to extract juices that could then be taken orally.

The second way was to boil the root so that the essential elements could seep out into a tea-like broth through a process called decoction. It?s the same method that the Greeks would later popularize.

Remember to always consult your physician before adding anything to your daily regimen, and  please avoid long-term ingestion of cannabis roots, this content is for educational purposes only.

The information provided is derived from experience, research gathered from personal and external sources.

From your bro V.R.W.

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