A lot of people mistreat and think of cannabis as a recreational drug only. Whereas, this plant has come out to be one of the versatile plants with a number of uses that can be benefited from in so many ways for good. For a long time, people have been using the cannabis plant and a few other parts of it to make daily life better. But still, a lot of us don’t have any idea about the extent of the usefulness of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a group of three plants with psychoactive properties they are known as Cannabis sativa, cannabis Indica, and cannabis ruderalis. When they are harvested and dried, they give out the same common types of drugs including Marijuana and Hemp.
Utilizations of the Cannabis Plant
Before moving on to the modern usage of cannabis, it good to recall history to know its influence in the past. A part of the world survived hunger with the help of cannabis seeds. Not only used as an edible plant, but it was also used as a primary material for making clothes in history. With the use of plant fiber, maps, ropes, sails, and paper were also created. The fastest-growing plant of the cannabis family was also used in treating illnesses.
Throughout history and until now, the cannabis plant has been a useful resource and continues to remain beneficial for humans and to some extent, the animals as well. With modern times, the cannabis plant is witnessed to be growing like wildfire and stepping in multiple aspects of life grounding its roots firm. Some surprising uses of the cannabis plant in today’s time are discussed below.
As mentioned above, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug to kill hunger in the past too. It might be difficult to imagine the cannabis plant as a source of edible but it does exist for both animals and humans.
- Human Food
For a long time, the hemp seeds have served the human as a source of food to fulfill the hunger needs of the body. People use to cook porridge or bake it into cakes and bread to survive hunger calls. Marijuana brownies are one of the most well-known types of cannabis food examples. Moreover, the cannabis plant is used as an edible in a lot of other ways like beverages, cakes, gummies, capsules, etc. They are also used as oils and infused in the food to make different products.
- Animal Food
Hemp seeds are very commonly used as food for the birds. They are used in the raw form.
The use of cannabis in the medical industry is increasing day by day. Medical cannabis or medical marijuana refers to cannabis or cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians. It uses a marijuana plant or its chemicals to treat conditions including pain, inflammation, soreness, and many others. It is a product that is quite similar to the recreational cannabis but is instead used for medical applications. The cannabis plant consist of cannabinoids that are the chemicals found in the cannabis plants, they are more than 100 of them. Each of these chemicals affects the body differently. The main chemicals that are used in the medical industry are the Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The cannabis plant helps in trading conditions like:
- Appetite loss
- Crohn’s disease
- AIDS, HIV or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Muscle spasms
- Schizophrenia post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD)
One of the fastest-growing industries includes the cosmetic industry or the beauty industry. Innovators keep on introducing new product lines using unusual ingredients like venom, snail mucus, or cannabis. With the passage of time, the use of cannabis plants started to become popular in beauty products especially skincare. It is easy to find CBD oil-based lotions or creams.
Over the centuries people have been using the cannabis plant in treating different skin diseases. Cannabis oil is said to have 80% of the fatty acids and is used in beauty products. These concentrations of the fatty acids present in the cannabis plant are equal to that we have naturally in our skin. Due to this reason, the plant can efficiently penetrate the deepest layers of the skin. The cannabis-based products can keep the skin well hydrated and it perfect for all skin types. Other than the fatty acids, the cannabis plant contains Vitamin B which helps in growing new skin cells. It helps in reducing skin, aging, and dark spots. Moreover, the folic acids present in the cannabis plant support the collagen fiber density and the collagen gene which helps lessen the appearance of wrinkles. It is also an antioxidant with the presence of Vitamin E. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory properties and can help fight skin problems like:
- Allergic contact dermatitis
- Acne Vulgaris
- Hidradenitis suppurativa
Thus far, more than 545 compounds have been recognized and extracted from the Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae) plant, which incorporates more than 100 diverse cannabinoids. These compounds differ incredibly in their chemical structure; subsequently, utilization of the cannabis plant can induce a wide range of impacts. Despite the fact that cannabis has been utilized for a wide scope of recreational and therapeutically purposes, some therapeutic benefits related to cannabis use are:
- Chronic pain
- chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea
- neurological issues
Other Industrial Uses
With the legalization of the cannabis plant, people have found so many uses of the plant and are surprising the world by creating new things laying the foundation of new industries. Few of the industrial uses of the cannabis plants include:
- Plastics and bricks
Because of the versatility and flexible traits of the hemp, it is being utilized in making plastics and bricks.
- Varnish and paints
Hemp seed oils are greatly used in the making of paints and varnishes.
Till 1883, almost 75% to 90% of the paper for the maps, books, banknotes, and newspaper was produced from the cannabis plant fiber.
- Textile industry
Previously, about 90% of nets, garments, sails, rope, flags, and banners originated from cannabis. Indeed, even nappies and towels originated from a similar source. Also, sailors who use to explore the world utilized shoes and socks made of cannabis strands.
It remains to be said as to how many more uses of this wonderful plat will be discovered in the time to come. But we can say it unanimously that cannabis is one of the most useful and versatile plants on this planet.