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“I didn’t inhale.”
 ~ Bill Clinton ~

Yes, I know Cannabis is an illegal plant, but in the context of herbs, especially medicinal herbs, it is an important entity, and as such no herbal compilation is complete without it.

The recreational use of Cannabis has long overshadowed any therapeutic or medicinal benefits of the plant, but what few Cannabis opponents realize is that when it was outlawed in 1937, it was over the vigorous objections of the American Medical Society, who had to scramble to find other sometimes less effective substances to treat their patients.

As a plant, Cannabis is a very easy herb to grow, requiring only well-drained soil, adequate water, and full sunlight.  There are volumes of websites devoted to growing plants for the best highs, and we will leave that aspect of growing Cannabis to them.  Suffice it to say that if you are determined to grow it despite it’s illegality, it is an easy plant to cultivate and harvest, sharing roughly the same requirements and light conditions as ordinary garden tomatoes.

With all the controversy surrounding Cannabis and it’s legality – at least for medicinal purposes – the one striking fact seems to be that though there are social issues involved, there is no real evidence that it causes any serious physical harm.  No documented cases of death have been recorded for people using this herb either medicinally or recreationally, and no cases of permanent psychosis or dementia have been documented or proven.

Unfortunately, few studies about the true medicinal properties have been done, and much of the evidence for therapeutic benefits in modern times stem from anecdotal reports given to physicians by their patients.  Indeed, one report states that up to 44 percent of doctors privately recommend Cannibis use in seriously ill patients with specified illnesses – because they feel it is the best medicine.

Cannabis is not a cure for any known illness, and its use in medicine is confined mostly to the treatment of symptoms.  Claims that seem to be substantiated if only by the sheer number of claimants include relief from the debilitating symptoms of AIDS, reducing pressure in the eye in glaucoma, treatment of pain and nausea for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, pain and tremor in cases of  multiple sclerosis, and controlling seizures in epilepsy cases.   Other lesser known symptom relief includes menstrual cramps, arthritis, migraine headaches, alcohol addiction, chronic pain, mood disorders, and depression.

Most patients who use marijuana medicinally smoke it, likely because that is the easiest and quickest way to get relief.  But the leaves and seeds are edible and can be used to make capsules, teas, essential oils, and yes – brownies –  just like any other herb listed on these pages.  For more information, please see the links below.

* This page is designed as an informative vehicle primarily geared to illustrate the medicinal uses of Cannabis, though we are aware of the widespread recreational uses.  We do not offer opinions on the legal issues, nor do we condone the use of illicit substances.


********Herbal Use Warning~

Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:

1. Natural methods can sometimes backfire.
2. If you are pregnant, consult your physician before using any
natural remedy.
3. The Constitution guarantees you the right to be your own physician and to prescribe for your own health.
4.If you are pregnant, nursing, or attempting to become pregnant, do
your homework and be sure you know what you are doing, or don’t use herbal remedies. Very little study has been done on pregnancy and herbs.
5.Be careful if you have hay fever or are allergic to some plants.
Plants have large families, many of which are unrecognizable as
parts of those families, except to an experienced herbalist.
6.Don’t give herbal remedies to small babies.
7.Don’t use herbal remedies in excess.

**DISCLAIMER – This is by no means meant to perscribe a cure for any
illness. Always consult your doctor and/or a registered herbalist
before taking anything as some herbs can interfere with medications
you may already be taking, or worsen a not yet diagnosed condition.
Any opinions put forth by this list are exactly that, and any person
following the advice of any posting here does so at their own risk.
It is up to you to educate yourself. By accepting advice or
products from list, you are agreeing to be fully responsible for
your own health, and hold the List Owner  and members, free of any liability.

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