Plant Species - Cannabis Sativa

Plant Species - Cannabis Sativa

  • Submitted By: kay48
  • Date Submitted: 10/28/2010 1:01 PM
  • Category: Book Reports
  • Words: 992
  • Page: 4
  • Views: 332

CANNABIS SATIVA -A strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared

uses-In the second half of the nineteenth century, Cannabis Sativa was the second most prescribed drugs by medical practitioners for almost all ailments. The flowers of these plants contain 'cannabidiol' that is used for medicinal purposes. The female flowers contain more active chemicals as compared to the male flowers. Their main medical use is that of a sedative, analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-emetic. The drug is also used to increase hunger. Another important drug that can be extracted from cannabis sativa is 'Tetrahydrocannabinol '(THC). Delta 9 THC, Delta 8 THC and cannabinol are also used to retard the growth of lungs in Lewi's lung adenocarcinoma. Herpes simplex virus is also replicated by Delta 9 THC
Other uses of Cannabis Sativa:
The seeds of cannabis sativa are a valuable source of protein and are used for feeding caged birds. Their flowers are used for preparing tinctures, tea and ointments. Right from the early days, when the cultivation of Cannabis Sativa began, it was a primary source of hemp oil for wick lamps, fiber and paper. Even now some researchers argue that the cultivation of cannabis sativa should be made legal, as the oil from this source burns cleanly and the fiber and paper that is produced from its stem, is of superior quality. The oils from these plants are mainly extracted from the female flowers. Fiber is mainly extracted from the stems of the male cannabis sativa plants. The seeds of this plant are crushed and pressed to make varnish.

Cannabis Sativa as a narcotic:
The use of this plant as a narcotic caused governments of many countries to ban its cultivation. Three types of narcotics can be extracted from three different parts of the plant. The dried leaves and flowers are the main source of the drug called 'hashish', 'ganja' is produced from dried unfertilized inflorescences of some special...

Similar Essays