The Therapeutic Potential For Cannabis

┬źCannabis Use and Abuse by Man: An Historical Perspective┬╗ of this site provides a fascinating, historical account of the use of cannabis across many cultures and centuries. Suffice it to say here that any natural substance with over 5000 years of medical history will have attached to it a heritage of hearsay and legend through which one must sift to identify areas of true therapeutic potential for us in the late twentieth century and beyond. A summary of conditions for which cannabis has been used, ranging through various shades of rationality, appears in Table Medicinal and quasi-medicinal uses for cannabis and its derivatives: Indications for which only anecdote or reports of traditional use exist: aphrodisiac muscular spasm in rabies / tetanus Huntingdon’s chorea jaundice toothache earache tumour growth cough hysteria insanity menstrual cramps rheumatism movement disorders gut spasm pyrexia inflammed tonsils migraine headache increasing uterine  contractions in childbirth urinary retention/ bladder spasm parasite infection fatigue allergy fever herpetic pain hypertension joint inflammation diarrhoea malaria forgetfulness Indications Read more […]

Africa

Very little information about plant use in Africa has been written down. In African thought, all living things are believed to be connected to each other, to the gods, and to ancestral spirits. If harmony exists between all of these, then good health is enjoyed, but if not, misfortune or ill health will result. Forces can be directed at humans by displeased gods, ancestors, and witches, resulting in disharmony which must be resolved before good health can be restored. Treatment may also involve much more than medicine. Practices such as divination and incantation maybe carried out to help with diagnosis, and sacrifices may need to be made in order to placate the supernatural entity. The traditional healer is also likely to be a religious leader, since health and spirituality are closely intertwined in Africa. Traditional healers have existed throughout Africa since prehistoric times, for example, the ifas and juju men of West Africa or the inyanga (sangoma is the term used for diviners) of South Africa. Various methods have been used to identify “healing plants,” such as trying to find a plant that possesses a stronger spirit than the one causing the disease, or by using the “law of signatures.” This system existed Read more […]

MENTAL ILLNESS

Given that WALNUT, by the strange doctrine once current bears the signature of the head and brain, it follows that it must be used for mental cases, from depression and mental fatigue to outright insanity. But the tree was involved in so-called cures for madness long before the doctrine of signatures was fashionable. A 15th century leechdom spoke of a sovereign medicine for madness and for “men that be troubled with wicked spirits: upon midsummer night betwixt midnight and the rising of the sun, gather the fairest green leaves of the walnut-tree, and upon the same day between sunrise and its going down, distill thereof a water in a still between two basins. And this water is good if it be drunken for the same malady”. Another nut featured in cures for insanity is KOLA. But it is the leaf of the Kola, together with leaves of three other shrubs, all ground up and mixed with black soap, that makes a Yoruba Ewe cure for mental illness. The roots of CHRISTMAS ROSE were used as a purge, a dangerous practice, for all the hellebores are poisonous, but this treatment was also prescribed for the insane. As Gerard had it, the treatment was to be given to “mad and furious men… and all those that are troubled with blacke choler, Read more […]