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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

MARIJUANA


Latin Name: Cannabis sativa

Alternate Names: Hemp, Ganja, Dagga, Indian Dreamer, Huo Ma Ren (Chinese), Pot, Grass, Bhang (Hindi), Hashish, Vijaya (Sanskrit)

Family: CANNABIDACEAE

Parts Used: Flowering tops of female plants, resin, seeds.

Properties: Analgesic, Anesthetic, Anodyne, Anticonvulsant, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Anaphrodisiac, Bronchial Dilator, Cataleptic, Cerebral Sedative, Demulcent, Emollient, Euphoric, Hallucinogen, Hypnotic, Hypotensive, Laxative, Nutritive, Oxytocic, Sedative, Vermifuge, Yin Tonic.

Internal Uses: AIDS, Anorexia, Asthma, Cerebral Palsy, Chemotherapy Nausea, Childbirth, Constipation, Cough, Depression, Dysmenorrhea, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Insomnia, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscle Spasms, Nausea, Nervousness, Neuralgia, Nightmares, Pain, Paralysis, Paraplegia, Restlessness, Rheumatism, Wasting Diseases, Worms

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Smoked. Not soluble in water as a tea.
The buds are useful for all the above uses except constipation, worms and wasting diseases, for which seeds are more applicable. All properties apply to the buds, except demulcent, emollient, vermifuge, laxative nutritive, and yin tonic. Both the buds and seeds are a hypotensive. It can be an aphrodisiac, but also an anaaphrodisiac, depending on dosage and circumstances.
The buds are used for spasmodic coughs and spastic paralysis.

Topical Uses: Muscle Spasms

Topical Applications: Poultice for muscle spasms.

Culinary uses: Buds are used in baked goods, spaghetti, butter and candies. Needs to be processed with oil in order to be effective. Seeds have no psychoactive properties and are used in baking, to make cheese, soup, cereals, vegetable protein burgers, and ice cream. Hemp seed oil is used in a similar way as Flax seed oil.

Energetics: Sweet, Neutral.

Chemical Constituents: Buds contain cannabinoids (tetrahydrocannabinol), flavonoids, essential oils, alkaloids (cannabisativine, muscarinem, trigonelline), calcium. Seeds contain protein, lipids, choline, inositol, enzymes. The seed oil contains essential fatty acids.

Contraindications: Though it has been used medicinally for centuries, it is currently illegal to grow or possess in many countries and can result in imprisonment and/or loss of property. May affect some people adversely and induce paranoia and personality deviations as well as short term memory loss and perceptual distortions. Not recommended in unsafe settings or when driving or operating machinery. In general smoking anything can damage lung tissues, and though cannabis has been used to help asthma and bronchitis, smoking it can actually aggravate those conditions. Can inhibit testosterone production and cause hypoglycemic states. Dry mouth and eyes are a common side effect.

Comments: Stalks are used for fiber as clothing, rope, sails and paper. Its fiber is absorbant, insulating and very strong. Oil from the seeds is used to make paint, varnish, lamp oil and fuel for automobiles and airplanes. The seeds are relished by birds and encourage singing and mating. Products made from sterilized seeds are legal and available in U.S.
The genus name, sativa, means 'with a long history of cultivation'. Native to Asia, Marijuana seeds were first brought to America in 1632 by the Pilgrims. By 1762, Virginia farmers were penalized for not growing this plant, as it was an important and useful economic crop. Between 1840 and 1900 over a hundred published papers recommended Marijuana as medicine. Marijuana can be used as paper, fuel, fabric and even food.

1 comment:

Stacey Hall said...

I am so happy reading your info on the marijuana plant....My dream is too bring back industrial hemp so that we may save our trees.....Who's with me?????

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