Roots to Boot!

Hemp roots have been pulverised into juices as medicine since the first century.

“May I have a shot of Calming Hemp Root, please? It’s for my arthritis.”

Historically, cannabis roots were a medicinal mainstay for pain, fever, inflammation, venereal disease, estrogenic issues, tumors, skin burns, childbirth issues such as bleeding, gastrointestinal problems, and gout. There is documented use, including extraction and application methods, dating all the way back to the first century. Cannabis Roots: A Traditional Therapy with Future Potential for Treating Inflammation and Pain shares new research indicating that cannabis roots offer potential in relieving inflammation, fever, as a liver protectant, apoptosis (kills cancer cells), anti-hemorrhagic, to relieve cramps, to treat osteoarthritis, and more.

The beneficial analytes of the cannabis roots do not include THC or the cannabinoids because their levels in the roots are miniscule.

The monoterpenes that give cannabis root its pleasing aroma are Carvone and dihydrocarvone, which are also found in spearmint and dill.

“Active compounds identified and measured in cannabis roots include triterpenoids, friedelin (12.8 mg/kg) and epifriedelanol (21.3 mg/kg); alkaloids, cannabisativine (2.5 mg/kg) and anhydrocannabisativine (0.3 mg/kg); carvone and dihydrocarvone; N-(p-hydroxy-β-phenylethyl)-p-hydroxy-trans-cinnamamide (1.6 mg/kg); various sterols such as sitosterol (1.5%), campesterol (0.78%), and stigmasterol (0.56%); and other minor compounds, including choline.”

Because the roots are where heavy metals accumulate most, testing is imperative. Do not use a product, oral or topical, without a heavy metal screening.

“The fresh ground root, juice, or cannabis root decoction has also been mixed with fat (oil or butter). There is also an account of mixing pulverized cannabis root with wine.Interestingly, topical applications of cannabis root-based preparations are most often described.Modern cannabis dispensaries in the United States now stock preparations made from hemp and cannabis root, including body lotions, salves, lip balms, massage oil, and pet sprays.”

So, next time you are dining out, do not be surprised when someone requests, “I’d like a shot of hemp root in my Merlot, please.”

Have a great day!

Your CBD Watchdog


  • Ryz, Natasha R., David J. Remillard, and Ethan B. Russo. “Cannabis Roots: A Traditional Therapy with Future Potential for Treating Inflammation and Pain.” Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, vol. 2, no. 1, 2017, pp. 21-216.

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