Information on the Healing and Medicinal Properties of Cannabis is on Page #296 of my Sacred Herbs Herbology E-Book:
The Marijuana Cannabis Hemp (Cannabis Sativa):
The Marijuana Hemp Plant is an Annual, the Erect Stems growing from 3 to 10 feet or more high, very slightly branched, having Grayish-Green Hairs. The Leaves are Palmate, with five to seven. The Small Flowers are Unisexual, the Male having five almost separate, downy, pale yellowish segments, and the Female a single, hairy, glandular, five-veined Leaf enclosing the Ovary in a sheath. The Ovary is smooth, One-Celled, with one hanging Ovule and two Long, Hairy thread-like Stigmas extending beyond the Flower for more than its own length. The Fruit is small, smooth, light brownish-grey in colour, and completely filled by the Seed. The Leaves and the Resin that exudes from them are the parts mainly used, though all parts of the Plant contain the Active Ingredients. Cannabis contains a wide range of Active Ingredients, perhaps the most important of which is THC.
The Marijuana Hemp Plant is believed to have originated in the area of the Himalayan Mountains, Marijuana has spread and now Grows Naturally in Persia, Northern India and Southern Siberia, and probably in China. It is largely cultivated in Central and Southern Russia. It is sometimes found as a Weed in England, probably due to Seeds from Birdcages, as they are much used in feeding Tame Birds. The Drug that is official in Europe comes from Bogra and Rajshabi, north of Calcutta, or sometimes from Guzerat and Madras. It is called Guaza by London merchants. It has been grown for its Fibre contents, but that type of Cannabis contains less of the Medicinally Active Compounds, although it does have a very Long History of Medicinal use. It is now deemed an Illegal Narcotic in many Countries since the Leaves and other parts of the Plant are considered to have a very bad Narcotic Affect.
Although Marijuana Hemp does not effect a Cure for many of the problems it is prescribed to Treat, few Plants have a greater array of Folk Medicine uses. It is a Very Safe and effective Medicine for helping to Reduce the Symptoms of many Serious Diseases. Marijuana Hemp does much for easing Pain and inducing Sleep, and for a Soothing Influence in Nervous disorders such as when one has the Shakes from Multiple Sclerosis and Convulsive Seizures of Epilepsy. It also helps in Curing Conditions that cause Insanity Disorders. As long as it is used regularly, it also greatly reduces the pressure in the Eye to relieve the Symptoms of Glaucoma. The Marijuana Hemp Plant has been used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions including Alcohol Withdrawal, Anthrax, Asthma, Blood Poisoning, Bronchitis, Burns, Catarrh, Childbirth, Coughs, Cystitis, Delirium, Depression, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Fever, Gonorrhea, Jaundice, Lockjaw, Malaria, Migraine, Morphine Withdrawal, Palsy, Rheumatism, Scalds, Snakebite, Swellings, Tetanus, Toothache. It is a useful Anti-Inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Emollient, Hypnotic, Hypotensive, Laxative, Narcotic, Neuralgia, and a Sedative. It is also good for Treating Gout, Rheumatism, and Infantile Convulsions. It is used Externally as a Poultice for Corns, Sores, Varicose Veins, Gout and Rheumatism. A High Content of Very Active Antibacterial and Analgesic Substances has been found in the Marijuana Hemp Plant. It has Bactericidal Effects on Gram-Positive Micro-Organisms, in some cases up to a Dilution of 1:150,000.
It is a Major Appetite Stimulant as well as a Reliever of the Nausea caused by Chemotherapy Cancer Treatments. Given to Patients suffering from AIDS, it helps them to put on Weight. Since it Strongly Increases the Desire for Food it has been found of Benefit in Treating Anorexia Nervosa.
The Marijuana Hemp Seed is Anodyne, Anthelmintic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emollient, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Laxative, Narcotic and Tonic. It is used to Treat Constipation caused by Debility or Fluid Retention. The Seed is an important source of Essential Fatty Acids and can be very helpful in the Treatment of many Nervous Diseases.
The tincture helps Parturition, and is used in Senile Catarrh, and all Painful Urinary Infections. An Infusion of the Seed is useful in After Pains and Prolapsus Uteri. The Resin may be combined with Ointments, Oils or Chloroform in Inflammatory and Euralgic Complaints.
A Drying Essential Oil is obtained from the Seed. It is used for Lighting, Soap Making, Paints and Varnish. In the temperate zone, the Essential Oil is produced from Females which have been left to stand after the Fibre-Producing Males have been Harvested. A Varnish is made from the Pressed Seeds. A Fibre is obtained from the Stem. It is Strong and Very Durable and is used in making Coarse Fabrics, Rope as well as Paper Products. Male Plants produce the Best Fibers and they are Harvested when the Plants turn Brown and the Pollen Stamen part of the Flowers begin to open. When used for making Paper the Stems are Harvested in the Autumn and either Retted or Steamed so that the Fibers can be removed. The Fibre is cooked for 2 hours or more with Lye and then beaten in a Ball Mill or Hollander Beater. The Paper is Off-White in Colour. Marijuana Hemp makes a good companion Plant for Cabbages and other Brassicas, it Repels the Cabbage White Butterfly and also Secretes a Volatile Essence from its Roots that Inhibits Pathogenic Micro-Organisms in the Soil.