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Cannabis in Ayurveda and Its Holy Connection

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Cannabis in Ayurveda and Holy connection

There is no doubt that cannabis or marijuana has a long history of use in India. Though it has medicinal properties still, it is considered as an illegal substance. Some use it to treat their health ailments whereas many consume it for recreational purposes. Yes, cannabis has mind-altering outcomes due to which it has a stigma. But, you can’t run away from the fact that it does have several positive effects. And, that is why cannabis in ayurveda has a very special role.

In today’s time, marijuana has become a trending topic and people are trying to explore it from its root. Let us clear your basics first! Cannabis, marijuana, weed, vijaya, ganja, bhang – all are same or we can say that these are the different forms of the same plant. Well, the best part is that this beautiful herb is one of the 5 sacred plants in Vedas. Now, you might be thinking if cannabis is a holy plant then why it has a bad rap! Actually, it has two main compounds – CBD and THC, and both of these have different effects on our body. CBD is used to treat health issues, whereas THC is the one that makes you high. Marijuana contains 10 percent of CBD and more than 20 percent of THC. Thus, it takes you on the journey of euphoria. So, now you know who the culprit is! By the way, there are cannabis-related products such as ayurvedic cbd oil that might treat health problems because of its therapeutic properties. Let’s explore what cannabis can do to our health.

Ayurvedic Qualities of Cannabis

There’s no denial in the fact that cannabis in ayurveda has been considered as a medicinal herb. This plant has a great impact on our body with its different qualities. The first one is- ‘heat’, this helps in relieving pain and anxiety. Another is- ‘astringent’, which is known to benefit in swelling, and can even treat diabetes and glaucoma. Next are- ‘penetrating and hot qualities’ that could influence reproductive tissue in a negative way. The fourth one is- ‘holding’, it aids the body to get a hold on the nourishment cycle. Apart from these, intoxication is widely famous quality of marijuana. But as described above, if it is taken in the right dose, it won’t give you a psychotropic effect (will not make you feel high).

Nowadays, people are looking for the best cannabis oil and vijaya ayurvedic medicines because of its medicinal properties. It is vital to note that you don’t consume marijuana for recreational purposes so that you can keep yourself safe from any kind of hazards.

Yoga and Cannabis History in India

In ancient times, mystic Indian yogis have used cannabis as a catalyst to reach the state of liberation or nirvana. Still, there are yogis living and meditating in caves and using marijuana in different forms. When it comes to Yoga Sutra 4.1, it states that –

 “The subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs, mantra, austerities or concentration.”

This verse contains the word herb, and cannabis is one of the herbal plants that you already know by now! So, sadhus incorporated marijuana in their practice of yoga. You can see how cannabis history in Indiapaired up with yoga, which is still being followed.

Lord Shiva & Marijuana – What’s the Connection?

You are aware of the fact that cannabis history has its roots in India. People, especially the followers of Lord Shiva consume bhang and fritters made from marijuana. There are stories connected to Lord Shiva consuming cannabis. One of them is related to the Samudra Manthan, where Gods and demons wanted to drink the nectar of immortality. So, both of these parties churned the ocean. From there different byproducts came out, one of them was the poison. The smoke of this poison was too strong to kill both – Gods as well as demons. According to the story, Lord Shiva drank this lethal poison and later bhang (marijuana) was offered to him in order to make him feel rejuvenate. This tale could also be one of the reasons why cannabis in ayurveda world has made a significant place.

Cannabis as Medicine: What You need to Know!

It is clear that cannabis in ayurveda has much importance! And that is why people have been using it since long era. Well, it’s not yet legal but supporters are advocating for cannabis act legalisation in India. It is crucial to know that you can only consume cannabis based medicine if your doctor prescribes it. Never try to use it on your own! So, always consult a registered doctor to stay safe.

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International Book of Records – Women’s Health Awareness Camp 2021

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यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः ।
यत्रैतास्तु न पूज्यन्ते सर्वास्तत्राफलाः क्रियाः ॥

Being a man or a woman has a significant impact on health, as a result of both biological and gender-related differences. The health of women and girls is of particular concern because, in many societies, they are disadvantaged by discrimination rooted in sociocultural factors.

Some of the sociocultural factors that prevent women and girls to benefit from quality health services and attaining the best possible level of health include:

  • unequal power relationships between men and women;
  • social norms that decrease education and paid employment opportunities;
  • an exclusive focus on women’s reproductive roles; and
  • the potential or actual experience of physical, sexual, and emotional violence

This International Women Day let’s create awareness on Women Health together. We at Hempstreet would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the International Book of Records – Women’s Health Awareness camp 2021 which is scheduled for the 6th of March 2021 on the occasion of Women’s Day 2021.

Hempstreet is India’s first research to retail venture in the ayurvedic cannabis sector. We are working in conjunction with top-notch scientists to conduct R&D around safe medication utilizing cannabis to be provided via our network of over 60,000 medical practitioners and 220 clinics around India.

We strive to bring an effective and responsible usage of cannabis, especially on the pain relief front, to our potential patient base of over 35 million individuals. Recently we have developed an Ayurvedic Pain reliever namely Trailokya Vijaya Vati which is very useful in abdominal cramps during menstruation.

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Trailokya Vijaya Vati: Providing relief in multiple joint pains

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Abstract: This is a clinical case study of a 72-year-old female with multiple joint pains and Rheumatoid arthritis in both upper and lower extremities and how Trailokya Vijaya Vati helped her cope with the condition and add quality to her life.

Ayurveda Perspective 

The description of AMAVATA dates back to 1500 BC in Rigveda. The main pathogenic event in RA is the formation and deposition of AAMA which is the causative factor for inflammation.
Restoration of AGNI and management of SHOOLA are the two basic principles in the treatment of AMAVATA. The TIKTA rasa and USHNA guna of Vijaya makes it is choice of drug for the treatment of RA and multiple joint pains.

 Introduction

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-term, progressive, and disabling autoimmune disease. It causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in and around the joints and other body organs.
RA usually affects the hands and feet first but it can occur in any joint. It usually involves the same joints on both sides of the body.

The symptoms of RA tend to come and go. During a remission, they can disappear, or they can be mild. However, during a flare, they can be severe. The joint damage that occurs with RA can make it difficult to perform daily activities.

Case Report

Patient description

This patient with the age of 72 Years had rheumatoid arthritis and multiple joints pain in both upper and lower extremities. She was walking with a tremendous amount of pain, and her gait could quickly tell how excruciating the pain was there for her to bear. She also complained of digestive disturbances and disturbed sleep.

Case history

This old lady was on potent pain killer as Voveran 50mg and Ultracet daily. The adverse side effects of these pain killers were visible on her body with her gut became acidic as she presented with severe gastritis pain whenever she took chemical pain killers to combat her pain issues. To beat gastritis and pain, she also started to take modern anta acids that troubled her digestion.

Treatment plan

Medicines to be used – Trailokya Vijaya Vati. After a thorough clinical examination, she was prescribed with TrilokayaVijayaVati with one tablet three times a day for a period of seven days initially.

Expected outcome of the treatment plan

The expected outcome was to relieve her of the pain, inflammation, improve digestion, and that the patient should get a sound sleep. 

Actual outcome

Even this small duration of a week was sufficient enough in this case to witness the painkilling effects of Cannabis or Vijaya. The one week use of ‘TrilokayaVijayaVati’ helped her not to consume synthetic pain killers, her quality of sleep improved with no pain induced nights, her digestion got enhanced during the process. She presented with an improved gait and walk when she walked into the clinic after a period of one week.

Discussion

As mentioned in Ayurveda the line of treatment was decided with an aim of restoration of AGNI and management of SHOOLA. 
The patient got relief from most of her complaints within a week of starting with the treatment.

Conclusion

In the last 50 years, extensive research has been done on RA and multiple joint pains associated with it by modern medicine but the etiology and a standard line of treatment are still developing. New research has revealed various biological agents that have provided relief to a significant number of patients. However, these agents are very expensive, require close monitoring, have side effects, and need to be used indefinitely. 

A result from several small studies suggests that in people with RA, Cannabis has helped to curb morning pain, improve sleep and lower inflammation in joints. Hence the use of Cannabis in the treatment of RA and Multiple Joints Pain can be further promoted as it is also a cheaper and an effective alternative to the other available drugs.

Case study shared by Dr. Preeti Chhabra, Consultant Ayurvedacharya

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How Ayurveda can help to manage long-term pain in Osteoarthritis?

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Abstract: Osteoarthritis commonly referred to as OA is the most common joint disease and one of the most widespread of all chronic conditions managed in General Practice. Whilst its prevalence increases with age, a significant number of adults experience symptoms of OA earlier in life. Most cases of OA are not extraordinary, yet the individual experiences of the affected can help a health practitioner to fully understand the impact of the diseases in the overall population.

This case report was triggered by a patient who was eager to tell her story and also reach out to the others suffering from OA- as to how a simple Ayurveda drug helped her to manage her long term pain effectively. As the importance of narrative medicine is increasingly being recognized to have a positive impact on patients and also helps clinicians to strengthen their practices, a summary of this case highlighting the use of Trailokya Vijaya Vati was made.

Introduction

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of our bones in our joints gradually deteriorates.

OA has often been referred to as a “wear and tear” disease. But besides the breakdown of cartilage, OA affects the entire joint. It causes changes in the bone and deterioration of the connective tissues that hold the joint together and attach muscle to bone. It also causes inflammation of joints.  

The pain and limited mobility in OA occurs as a result of destructed cartilages. Left bare of their padding, bones rub painfully against each other – particularly in the hands, spine, knees and hip. 

For years, there have been very limited treatment options available for OA. The treatments include pain management, steroidal injections, physiotherapy and surgery as a last resort. Out of these pain management is the best sought treatment as PAIN itself is a major symptom in this condition.

 Case Report

Patient description

A 48 yr old female was presented with complaints of pain in both knees for 8 years, since the last 3 months the pain had aggravated from moderate to severe to highly intolerable which was leading to increased anxiety and also restless sleep. The pain would increase on an activity like walking or climbing up the stairs and would be relieved by rest. 

Case history

The patient has no history of fall or trauma. She walked without a walking aid but requires support when there is a peak in pain. 

She has been on analgesics since when she doesn’t exactly remember, taking periodic physiotherapy sessions as advised by the doctor. She took Intra-articular injections a couple of times but the relief was temporary (6-8 months).  She was recently advised bilateral knee replacement by her doctor and she decided to give it a last go through an alternate option! The pain was her only concern.

Recently the severity of the pain was so intense that it was impossible for her to use stairs and she is sedentary most of the time. 

Physical Examination

  • BMI – 30 (Obese)
  • Gait – Antalgic
  • Fell – Mild crepitus is felt upon moving both knee joints.
  • ROM – Restricted and Painful
  • Blood Results – ESR and CRP raised

Treatment plan

Medicines to be used – Trailokya Vijaya Vati. After a thorough clinical examination, she was prescribed with Trilokaya Vijaya Vati with one tablet two times a day for a period of seven days initially.

Expected outcome of the treatment plan

The expected outcome was to relieve her of the pain and that the patient should get a sound sleep. 

Actual outcome

Within a week, she began to notice a distant difference in her pain.

Discussion

The treatment was focused on effective pain management as that was the only factor troubling the patient at this given point. The patient was not ready to undergo surgery thou she was counseled that she might need one over a period of 5 years or so. 

She was also prescribed other drugs effective on OA and mild exercises. Trailokya Vijaya Vati not only helped the patient with pain but also gave her a sound night’s sleep. The patient also reported being less cranky throughout the day. 

Conclusion

For years, treatments for OA have majorly being planned on physiotherapy, steroidal injections, and joint replacement surgery. But as pain management is now emerging as an individual branch, there has been an increased focus on pain management in the treatment of OA. 

Unlike Rheumatoid Arthritis, OA hasn’t had any major breakthroughs that have dramatically improved its medical treatment. Drug development for OA has been slow because the disease itself follows a slow process. 

Dr. Anirudha  Mohite, Consultant Ayurvedacharya

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