The above photograph shows cannabis seeds
or cannabis sativa
. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three putative species, Cannabis sativa
, Cannabis indica
, and Cannabis ruderalis
. The plant is grown for the fibres, used to make ropes; the male plant is said to give finer fibres. The fruits yield hemp-seed oil, used in the manufacture of varnish and soft soap. The seeds make excellent bird feed. The plant is also the source of three types of narcotics. From the dried leaves and flowering shoots of the male and female plants, hashish is produced. Ganja comes from the dried unfertilized female flowers of certain cultivars grown in India and from leafless twigs. The third type of narcotic is charas, the crude resin collected by rubbing the shoots with hands or beating them with a cloth. The active property of these drugs is a resin from the glandular hairs on the various parts of the plant.
In the United States, the dried top of the plant and leaves, known as marihuana or marijuana, are rolled into cigarettes and smoked. All the different narcotics are used as a stimulant, producing a state of euphoria which can lead, at high dosages, to mental confusion with illusions and hallucinations. However, the effect of the drug varies from individual to individual.
This plant has been associated with man for at least 10000 years! According to Indian legend, it was the gift of the gods to mankind, to enable man to achieve courage and heightened sexual desires through it. A Mahayana Buddhist traditions maintains that during the six steps of asceticism leading to his enlightenment, Buddha lived on one cannabis seed
a day. It has been in use in various traditional medicines since time immemorial, although its early usage must have been tied up with its euphoric and hallucinogenic properties.
Hemp is the name of the soft, durable fibre that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus. Hemp is thought to have originated in Asia Minor, from where it has spread to many areas in tropical Asia and America as well as many temperate regions. In many countries it is illegal to grow cannabis.
The herb is strong-smelling. In Chinese, it is known as 大麻. Its alternative name is marijuana. In modern times, the drug has been used for recreational, religious or spiritual, and medicinal purposes. The ripen fruit and marijuana seeds
can be used for constipation following fever or labour. The seeds can be used as tonic, narcotic and pain killer. It can be used to treat ulcers, wounds, skin eruptions as well as expel intestinal worms. The whole plant can treat indigestion, cancer, ulcers, migraine and rheumatism.
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