Disease is nothing new to humanity. It’s been there since the early humans themselves. The discovery of fire and the wheel facilitated life, and similarly, ancient cultures also developed healing practices using materials and resources they could easily access. Accordingly, a number of them have also been developed herbal knowledge of medicine. The ancient science of Ayurveda was one such science.
Many are familiar with the health benefits of cannabis I wonder if our Ayurvedic ancestors recognized these benefits as well. Well, as Dr. Achintia Mitra, Research Officer (Ayurveda)/Scientist at CARI (Central Ayurvedic Research Institute) sees it, it really is. Obviously chemicals like Convention on Biological Diversity It was not known at the time. However, it seems that Indian healers were well aware of some of its benefits.
Legal Obstacles to Ancient Cannabis Research
In India, the Central NDPS Act governs cannabis and its use. The legislation Cannabis is classified as a drug regulated by states. As Dr. Mitra points out, refer to the article The use of hemp leaves in Ayurvedic medicineAnd
This means that hemp leaves cannot be produced (ie separated from the hemp plant) or used for commercial purposes without a license. So, for example, if a drug manufacturer wants to use cannabis leaves in their medicines, they must have an appropriate license to purchase and use cannabis leaves for medicinal purposes. Needless to say, the manufacturer will also have to pay a “duty” (or tax) to purchase the cannabis leaves.
The marketing of medicines in India is governed by the Medicines and Cosmetics Act 1940 (DCA). At present, there is no pharmaceutical drug that contains cannabis or cannabis leaves (or cannabis) which has been approved under the DCA for sale in India. If any drug manufacturer is to offer cannabis or cannabis leaf-based medicine in India, it will first have to conduct a clinical trial of this drug and prove its safety and efficacy. Conducting clinical trials is an expensive and time-consuming process. Besides, cannabis is rarely officially grown in India. Therefore, it is difficult to purchase cannabis or cannabis leaves of standard quality that may be required in the pharmaceutical industry containing cannabis or hemp leaves or their extracts.”
Hemp according to Ayurveda
But people who want to explore the medicinal benefits of cannabis in India can take heart. “Ayurveda as a branch of medicine explicitly recognizes the use of hemp and hemp leaves in the manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines. This means that if a standard Ayurvedic medicine containing hemp or hemp leaves is to be manufactured, there is no need to conduct clinical trials before it is commercially launched. This makes the Ayurvedic drug system an option clear for the manufacture and sale of cannabis and cannabis-containing medicines,” says Dr. Mitra
He further tells us, “Some of the Ayurvedic formulations like Jatiphaladi Churna, Madananada Madaka etc. that contain hemp as an ingredient.”
Cannabis sativa lin leaves. Bitter, astringent, tonic, aphrodisiac, alternative, intoxicating, stomachic, analgesic, and abortifacient. It is used to treat convulsions, earache, abdominal disorders, malaria fever, dysentery, diarrhoea, skin diseases, hysteria, insomnia, gonorrhea, colic, tetanus, and hydrophobia. Its excessive use leads to indigestion, cough, impotence, melancholy, dropsy, anxiety, and insanity. In order to reduce these toxic effects, Bhangā is boiled with Babbula Tvak kvātha for 3 hours, and the obtained powder is ground with Godugdha. The toxic effects of Bhangā can also be reduced by grinding with Babbula Tvak kvātha and frying the powder obtained in cow ghee. “
However, there is one major difference between the cannabis-containing medicines in Ayurveda and the standard method of cannabis consumption. That is, “in Ayurveda, cannabis is used after proper purification according to the traditional method,” explains Dr. Mitra.
However, those looking for euphoria will be disappointed by the Ayurvedic use of hemp. According to Dr. Mitra, “Cannabis is recommended for therapeutic purposes only, not for recreational purposes in Ayurveda.”