Hemp Materia Medica


Hemp essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the hemp plant’s leaves, buds and flowers. It is thought that hemp essential oil, like the psychoactive cannabinoids, is produced in the plants epidermal glands and glandular hairs. The bracts surrounding the female flower and their subtending leaflets contain the highest density of glandular hairs. Thus, the essential oil yield is significantly higher when the amount of female flowers per area has been maximized. It requires 50 lbs of plant material to yield one ounce of essential oil.

Hemp has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years. Until about the 6th century C.E., hemp seed was a primary food staple in China after which it was gradually replaced by less oily grains and its nutritional value was largely forgotten. In recent years this remarkable nutritional value has been rediscovered and hemp products have become established as highly valuable health-building foods.

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21 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasms: Sycotic, Addiction
Sefirot: Netzach/Hod interface
Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; the homeopathic remedies Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa; the spirit body, klippot and klippah nogah; hysteria; Sycotic miasm; Addiction miasm; Netzach/Hod interface.

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