Cannabis Roots: A Traditional Therapy with Future Potential for Treating Inflammation and Pain


The cannabis plant is known for its multiple uses: the leaves, flowers, seeds, stalks, and resin glands have all been exploited for food, fuel, fiber, medicine, and other uses. You may know one of the most common forms of the plant as marijuana, which many people take from a DC Marijuana Delivery service in order to treat various conditions. Yet this emergence of cannabis medical usage in the modern world has happened quite recently. Just a few decades before the act of growing a cannabis plant was outlawed in many parts of the world.

But it wasn’t always like this, the medical uses for the cannabis plant had been known for thousands of years. One of the first mentions of the medical use of cannabis root was by the Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, who wrote in his Natural Histories that ‘‘a decoction of the root in water relaxes contractions of the joints and cures gout and similar maladies.” By the latter part of the 17th century, various physicians and herbalists recommended cannabis root to treat fever, inflammation, gout, arthritis, joint pain, skin burns, and hard tumors. There were also accounts of cannabis being used to treat child labor, sexually transmitted diseases, postpartum hemorrhages, and intestinal problems.

This report by Natasha Ryz, David Remillard, and Ethan Russo goes into great detail on the historical uses of cannabis and the cannabis root as medical and therapeutical substances. It’s a very interesting read and you can Read the full report here if you’re interested in learning the history of the cannabis plant.