Cannabis is arguably one of the most versatile, healing and cultivated plants of our time. It is ironic that we are only now truly understanding its vast uses since our forefathers and ancestors have been growing, wearing, smoking and worshiping this plant long before us.
Many geologists have found remnants of hemp rope, the stock of the Cannabis plant, dating as far back at 100BC. Bows made of hemp for war, prestigious hemp cloth made to burry the royals in and even paper, have all been derived from this stock. It is safe to say that if this plant was being used in all these ways, surely the people would have also used the rest of it. Dried and burned Cannabis seeds have been found in ancient ruins all over the world. Although finding proof that these people smoked the Cannabis plant is difficult, there is scripture and wall art that speaks of a sacred grass used for child birthing as a strong narcotic and used in rituals.
Hemp is renowned for its strength and durability, so it is no surprise that rope made from the Cannabis stock was found in England in 100BC, as paper in China in 100BC and again as rope in Greece in 200BC.
Cannabis was heavily used in China as food and fibre, but it wasn’t until Emperor Shen Neng was documented using it in 1,500BC that it was recorded as a form of medicine and hailed a powerful healing agent.
As Cannabis’ reputation grew, so did those who wanted to profit from its array of healing powers and euphoric inducing properties. To grow a plant that is high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) farmers of the plant had to separate the male from the female plants. Unisex plants are not common, but both of these plants are beneficial. The male plant has a lot less leaves and over all, looks a lot less healthy. It has small pollen balls tucked under its leaves and in most cases, its THC levels are much lower then the female plant. The female plant will produce much thicker leaves, fuller branches and the treasured flower bud at the top which produces the THC.
Many farmers of the plant in China separate the two sexes when they cut them down from a grow field. Since the market is full of feminized seeds, it is rare that you’ll see a male plant in a grow designed for medical or recreational use, however these plants are unisex, and they can sometimes go from a female (bushy, small little white hairs etc) to a male, with a pollen producing sac, easily. Once the male plant is harvested, its most impressive trait takes place. Hemp from Cannabis is a renewable source of raw materials and everything from its seeds (hemp seeds) are eaten as a super food, to its stock which is often used as animal bedding, clothing, bags and more.
Once the prized female plants have bloomed and their buds are ready to be cut down, the uses for this powerful flower are endless. The female plant is now divided again; Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Hybrid. Sativa dominant plants, such as Sour Diesel, are used to achieve an uplifted and happy state of mind, whereas Indica is used largely by the medical market to help sedate, ease pain and provide relaxation to users. A mix of varying ratios for a desired outcome is a Hybrid plant.
Nevertheless, Cannabis is so much more then a weed you roll up in paper and smoke at a party with your friends. In addition to its ability to bring a sense of joy to someone, or ease their aches, this flower has been proven to aid in, and some cases stop, the spreading of Cancer. Cannabis strains high in CBD are helping victims of uncontrollable seizures, topical creams have been designed to slow the aging process and soothe muscle spasms.
We are only now starting to understand the myriad of uses for the Cannabis plant, and as Canadian provinces move towards legalization, more studies will take place to reveal additional information about what this power plant is capable of.
Cannabis is known to slow alzheimers, stimulate appetite, soothe arthritis, inhibit cancer cell profileration, make symptoms of ADD and ADHD controllable, remove pain and encourage sleep. Research has just recently touched the surface of what Cannabis is capable of but it is only a matter of time until the mainstream accepts this plant as one of its most natural healing medicines to date.