The Surprising Uses of the Cannabis Plant


Marijuana is increasing in popularity as it becomes legal. Now, you can get it in the form of medicinal marijuana, CBD, and even grow your own cannabis garden! (Side note: Check the laws in your state before attempting to create a garden.)

But did you know that besides using medical marijuana to help with conditions like anxiety, it’s used in other ways?

If you’re curious how cannabis has been used throughout the years and today, keep reading.

Hemp Seed Oil for Art Projects

Throughout history, artists have used hemp seed oil to make varnishes and paint. A few artists that have used hemp seed oil in the past were Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Today, companies sell colorants and other products that contain hemp oil. People use these products for painting, leather, and other projects like finishing wood. Pretty cool, huh?

Expedited Bone Healing

If you recently dealt with a bone stress injury, it’s frustrating, to say the least. Well, it turns out that cannabis can expedite the healing process.

In particular, CBD seems to heal fractured bones quicker.

In 2015 a study by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research revealed that CBD aided in healing fractured bones for rats after eight weeks.

So, if you’re dealing with a fractured bone, use CBD to speed up the recovery process!

Anti Bacterial Hemp Powder

Hemp fibers have antibacterial properties, which means it can help get rid of germs. In addition, recent studies have shown hemp powder works to fight bacteria. Specifically, it fights E coli that causes people to become ill.

Researchers no doubt will continue to study how to use marijuana to treat various illnesses. It could make a difference in the future of our healthcare!

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Improved Lung Health

You may be scratching your head, wondering how marijuana improves lung health. It doesn’t make sense since many people smoke it.

Smoking, in general, can indeed harm your lungs over time.

But believe it or not, many researchers argue that ingesting it does not affect your lungs. Ingesting marijuana has many health benefits that you can’t afford to miss out on!

Cooking Spices

If you have a marijuana garden, try using cannabis leaves as a spice on your food! It works well on pasta and pizza, and other dishes too.

You may be bored with some of the spices you try, so this will be a fun experiment. All you have to do is grind up your leaves and add them to one of your favorite meals.

Then, experiment to see which meals it complements the most. It should improve the taste of an already delicious meal!

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are the worst, and dealing with the after-effects of sore muscles is no picnic either.

For people that have stiff and sore muscles, cannabis can reduce muscle spasms. So the next time you’re struggling with muscle cramps, use your cannabis plant to ease the discomfort.


A plastic known as bioplastic comes from hemp and is a lightweight and more substantial form of plastic.

Companies use hemp plastic for things like plumbing, pipes, and water bottles. What’s excellent about hemp plastic is that it cuts back on the amount of pollution that’s covering our earth!

Hemp Paper

Did you know that before the late 1880s that hemp was primarily used to make paper? 75% or more of the paper in books, maps, newspapers, and more came from hemp!

Hemp paper is better for the environment. But unfortunately, there is not enough hemp fiber being grown to make this happen. Furthermore, since there’s not enough, a paper mill wouldn’t be able to make hemp paper consistently.

It sounds like some changes may need to occur to use hemp to make more paper in the future!

Reduce CO2 Emissions

As I’ve mentioned throughout this article, using hemp is much better for the environment.

Now that marijuana is legal in more states, hopefully, there’ll be more cannabis farms.

With farms ramping up, it has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions. And with a reduction in emissions, that’ll prove very beneficial for our planet.


Cannabis has an endless amount of uses. Even if you don’t have your own cannabis garden, keep these uses in your mind.

You may have the chance to buy hemp plastic water bottles or use it as a spice on your food! And, you can urge others to use hemp in other creative ways as well.

As versatile as cannabis is, it’s no wonder that people have been using it for hundreds of years. From offering medicinal benefits to even being used to paint, marijuana never ceases to amaze us!