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Cannabis is a well-known psychoactive drug, which has significantly made its way when it comes to the medical field. In today’s time, the spotlight is on cannabis oil and people are trying to figure out how to use it! Did you know that cannabis has a name in ancient India? Ayurvedic cbd oil and other related products have been used by people since a long era. 

Well, first thing first! Cannabis comes from a beautiful plant called cannabis sativa. This plant has two species – hemp and marijuana, where both of them contain a certain amount of molecules, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These two are the main chemical compounds which are present in different ratios in the plant. If the THC is more than 0.3% then you are stoned, whereas CBD will not get you high. Long story short, hemp contains more CBD and therefore it will not produce a sense of elation. On the other hand, marijuana has more than 20% THC and it will make you feel intoxicated. 

If you are a neophyte in this industry, then you might be inundated with so much contradictory as well as confusing stuff about cannabis oil. Isn’t it? Do not worry, here you are going to get the right and up to date information in detail. At least, by now you know that cannabis is not a bad thing but has a stigma. Let us unveil everything about its renowned oil! 

What is cannabis oil?

As the name suggests, it is a substance extracted from the flowers of the cannabis or marijuana plant and then it is mixed with a neutral oil. It is unprocessed and contains two active compounds, which are CBD and THC. Cannabis is dried but the oil is thick and sticky. It is crucial to know that the oil for medicinal purpose contains mostly CBD and it will not make you feel stoned if taken in the right amount. However, some people may experience dry mouth, greater weakness, and drowsiness after consuming cannabis based medicine or oil.  

Why do you want to use cannabis oil?

This is the vital question that you need to answer! What’s the motive? Do you want to consume it for recreational purposes or you have some health issues for which you are counting on it? We strongly oppose its recreational use but we welcome it for the medicinal purpose. You will be surprised to know that it may be used for treating pain, insomnia, epileptic seizures, stress, and cancer. People are embracing vijaya ayurvedic medicine to get good results and achieve optimal health when prescribed by a certified doctor.

How to use medical cannabis oil for health? 

Usually, it is taken sublingually! In fact, it is considered as the most effective way to consume it. Before you ingest it, what you have to do is- shake the bottle well as this will ensure that the extract and oil are mixed evenly. Now, open your mouth, place a drop under your tongue with the dropper and then close your mouth. You do not have to swallow it at first but let it sit and get absorbed by the mucous membranes. It will come into action after 30 to 90 minutes of ingestion, depending on the pace of your metabolism. Do not forget that you will be consuming cannabis as medicine.

It’s advisable you opt for cannabis oil after consulting your doctor and follow the directions he gives. In general, people begin with a low dose and go slow. If you want to consume it then you need to make sure you have a family member near you on whom you can trust as you may feel anxious at first. If in case you have ingested too much oil then do not fret but eat something or drink water. Always remember that this time will pass, so you don’t have to panic at all. 

Is cannabis oil legal in India?

You can’t get this oil in any regular retail shop in India because it is not yet legal. But it is sold by authoritative organizations such as AYUSH (Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), and those with GMP certification. By the way, there are companies that are working for cannabis legalisation of drugs in India. According to the latest update, Uttarakhand and UP are the two states that have legalized the cultivation of low THC content hemp plant which is grown for seeds and fibre. Apart from these, a statement was issued by Madhya Pradesh stating that they would legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. It is illegal right now but in cannabis ayurveda world, people consume it as natural medicine. That is why cannabis oil has been prescribed by the doctors as it has a range of incredible health benefits to offer.

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Hemp in India

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Hemp, also known as industrial cannabis, has a long standing relationship with India and it’s culture. From it’s mention in the ancient religious texts, the Vedas as one of the five sacred plants to it being the front runner in the legalisation movement till date, hemp has been a part of India’s history. One of the two primary species of cannabis- cannabis indica, traces the origin of it’s name to India. Hemp as a raw material can contribute in the production of 25,000 products, ranging from products in industries such as gas and oil, to textiles and bodycare.

With Himalayas and the state of Uttarakhand being a treasure trove of hemp and all other states in India betting on the quality of their respective hemp production, India is home to some of the best quality of hemp in the world. However, hemp in India is still not officially legal due to the stigmatization attached to the crop. The controversies revolving around it linking it to the controversial amount of THC and marijuana, have hindered its business growth, more than one can imagine.

Hemp in Indian states

Uttarakhand being the first Indian state to have secured the rights for industrial hemp cultivation in 2018, it was a marked victory in this long drawn battle of hemp legalisation. The state government of Uttarakhand also granted license to Indian Industrial Hemp Assosciation(IIHA) to establish and operate their non-profit organisation. Apart from the products that can be made using hemp, cultivation of industrial hemp is extremely eco friendly. It requires very little to no use of pesticides. Since India lies in the tropical region, temperature and environmental conditions of India are also suitable for hemp cultivation.

While the direct benefits of hemp cultivation will be extended towards poor famers, who otherwise had to spend a huge amount of money for the timely cultivation of the crop, the GDP share of agriculture sector will also see a rise. Hemp, being a stronger and more absorbent fibre than cotton, sustainable agriculture of hemp will take India a long way, who in fact is looking to diversify from its conventional methods of farming.

Followed by Uttarakhand, are states like Madhya Pradesh and Manipur, where ministers have come out stating the need for legalisation of cultivation of hemp. While Madhya Pradesh’s law minister had already made an announcement about allowing the cultivation of hemp for medical and industrial purposes, there has been no progress made following it. Chief Minister of Manipur on the other hand has taken a firm decision regarding this issue and mentioned that it is very important for the state to utilise it’s natural resources efficiently and use the revenue generated for the development of the state.

Growth map of hemp market

With the first cannabis clinic of India, Vedi Herbals, opening in Bangalore in February, 2020, established by an Odisha based startup HempCann Solutions, it is a win for the cannabis legalisation movement. With Vedi Herbals having been granted a pan India license, it remains to be seen how this would pave way for expansion of hemp market in India.

Apart from the newbie HempCann solutions, there are other companies such as Bombay Hemp Company(BoHeCo), Indian Hemp and Co., B.E.Hemp, that have somehow managed to sustain the idea of medicinal and industrial hemp thriving in India.

HempStreet, established in 2019, is another newbie in the hemp market and is India’s first research to retail venture in the ayurvedic cannabis sector. Having received a funding of 1 million dollars from US based pharmatech, Pharmacon Holdings and Romain Barberis, HempStreet primarily focuses on medicinal hemp and aims to source hemp based painkillers in the hemp market. These facts paint a picture of that of how hemp in India, as a market would experience a notable shift in the coming years. 

Final Word

Despite of being illegal, a study conducted by All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in 2019 reported that there are 7.2 million consumers of industrial hemp within that year. This implies that hemp in India, already has an established consumer base. The need of the hour, is to lend wings to this miraculously healing and industrial crop, such that it’s benefits reach the less privileged and provide relief to those who need it.  

References

https://inc42.com/startups/hempstreet-bets-high-on-indias-medical-cannabis-potential-with-eye-on-blockchain/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/306962

https://www.iihaindia.org/about-ihemp/

https://www.bingedaily.in/article/marijuana-2020-the-possibilities-for-india

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Does CBD help or hinder sleep

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Does Cannabis Help or Hinder Sleep

Who doesn’t like a good night sleep? It is quite difficult for one to function without sleep in today’s stressful, fast- paced world. However, these are the very factors that often lead to people not getting enough sleep. For conditions like sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, etc. people are often prescribed over the counter medicines for instant relief. These medications; however, may have serious side effects on the patients. Due to this, many consumers try to explore medical cannabis as a potential sleep aid. Through this article, we would discuss whether Cannabis helps or hinders sleep.

CBD and sleep

CBD has become popular in the medical field, wherein, individuals are consuming it to treat a number of ailments, including insomnia. Due to this sudden increase in its popularity, a number of ongoing clinical and preclinical studies are trying to find whether CBD can help with various disorders. However, there are limited studies are centered on CBD and sleep.

A recent Consumer Reports survey that was conducted on CBD reported that 10% of its respondents were consuming CBD as a sleep aid. Most of them assured that it worked, however, the evidence is anecdotal. It is important for controlled studies to be conducted in order to gain some conclusive evidence about whether CBD really induces sleep.

High CBD strains often contain a terpene called myrcene. This terpene is said to have sedating effects. Therefore, myrcene has been used as a sleep aid since centuries. However, myrcene is found in several other plants apart from cannabis, such as hops. Therefore, researchers are unsure whether it is the myrcene in the CBD rich strains that helps people sleep or whether it is CBD itself. However, it can be noted that CBD is not generally consumed in a vaporized form, and therefore, does not contain much myrcene.

Another research conducted in 2017 extensive literature review titled: Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature, studies the effects of CBD in conjunction with THC on sleep. It concluded that both can be used as sleep aids.

Consuming multiple cannabinoids at the same time might have mixed effects. THC has certain sedative-like effects on individuals. It has multiple properties that help individuals sleep, for instance, it helps people feel comfortable while being able to remain still. This is called catalepsy. CBD, on the other hand, does not alter the consciousness of individuals like THC. As a result, it is difficult to ascertain whether CBD alone can act as a sleep aid.

Dosage

A Preliminary study showed that CBD doses ranging from 75 to 300 mg helped patients sleep. In one particular case, high dose CBD also helped a PTSD patient. Since CBD does not have any psychedelic properties, it is safe to consume higher doses of it for optimum effects. A study held in 2018 administered doses of 1500, 3000, and 6000 mg to healthy subjects for six days. It concluded that CBD was safe to be consumed at higher dosages.

Conclusion

Through the aforementioned argument, it can be assessed whether CBD helps or hinders sleep. It should be noted that CBD’s effect on sleep requires a great deal of further research. Despite the fact that CBD seems to help patients sleep, its effects are subjective and differ from person to person. It is a great alternative for those who wish to use a product with no side-effects. Additionally, CBD is worth exploring for those who want to avail the benefit of marijuana without the psychedelic effects of THC. If you have trouble sleeping, you can consult your medical practitioner before using CBD for your condition. We strongly advise against self-medication.

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Hemp seed: An Ayurvedic medication

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Hemp seed: An Ayurvedic medication

With most of the chaos around hemp being caluminous, have you ever tried to look beyond it? Well, if you haven’t, it’s your time now. Hemp, as a whole plant, is a gift of nature, that has been evaded for way too long now. First discovered in the foothills of Himalayas in India, hemp, also finds its mention in the vedas as one of the five sacred plants ‘bhang’. Since then, the only issue that has thwarted the reach of hemp in each household in the country, is the stigma that has latched onto it.

Weeding out this stigma would not be very hard, once its potential users are made aware of its benefits- be it on the health front or on the industrial front. Each part of hemp plant– seeds, stalk, fibre, flower- have incontestable benefits, which when unveiled would place it as a frontrunner for raw material, in almost every sector.

This article however, would primarily talk about hemp seeds, which lie at the heart of the plant. Hemp seeds in India have been a part of Ayurvedic medication for the good.

Let us explore how their role are interwoven and shed light upon Hemp seed: An Ayurvedic medication.

Hemp seeds and nutrition

Hemp seeds, having been a part of India’s history, is a legacy of its own, handed down over to the humankind by the Himalayas. Since then, from being used in the ropes to tie cattle to being used to cure ailments, hemp seeds have done it all.

Hemp is essentially a part of one of the eight clinical domains of Ayurveda, i.e, the Rasayana Tantra( the knowledge of rejuvenation). A great source of protein, the nutritional properties of hemp seeds have made this possible and thus, it is highly valued by the human society.  The nutritional properties are as follows:

  • Improve immunity
  • Smoothens muscle functions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Boosts hormonal balance
  • Aids cardiovascular health
  • Helps in weight loss

In addition to the above properties, hemp oil obtained from hemp seeds, also called hemp seeds oil, is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamine B1 and Vitamine B2, essential fatty acids as well as minerals. Apart from being very effective as a medicinal aid, hemp seeds oil also works wonders for skin and hair.

In the circle of Ayurvedic medication, hemp seeds and hemp seeds oil are particularly beneficial for Vata(meaning, space and air) dosha and also helps in balancing the Pita(meaning, fire and water) dosha. These doshas, according to Ayurvedic teaching, are the different types of energies that lay the foundation of life. Hemp seeds, as Ayurveda believes, despite having no THC content, has tamasic(sedative) qualities, which make you feel rejuvenated, by releasing serotonin and inducing deep sleep. Hemp seeds are also nutritionally more efficient than flax and chia seeds. Hemp seeds, an ayurvedic medication, has more to it than nutritional properties.

Hemp seeds in industry

Industrial hemp, has contributed in an conducive way to diverse sectors such as- fabric or clothing, construction, bodycare products, biofuel, paper, amongst many others. Since agriculture of hemp plants requires

  • Negligible amount of pesticides
  • Is capable of returning the essential nutrients to the soil
  • Can be harvested within 3 months
  • Consumes minimal amount of water,

It is extremely environment friendly. As the top producer of biomass in the world and competent of producing the strongest fibre, hemp seeds is extremely popular in the industrial world.   

Ways of intake of hemp seeds

Few common ways being:

  • Blend to make hemp seed milk
  • Eat raw as snack
  • Powder it to consume as condiment
  • Sprinkle on top of dishes
  • Make a smoothie by adding few more ingredients

You can also innovate different ways of inculcating it into your diet and adding flavor. You can also choose from different type of hemp seeds available depending on the flavor, although the natural flavour is mostly nutty in taste.

Bottomline

Hemp seeds: an Ayurvedic medication, could also cause mild diarrhoea or inhibit platelet formation. Like everything in this world, these are amongst the very few side effects of hemp seeds. Hence, it is advisable to consult your doctor before beginning to consume it on a regular basis or including it in your medication. Although when it comes products constituting hemp seeds oil for hair and skin available in the market, those are scientifically proven. Thus, do not give a second thought before purchasing those products because what’s better than nature’s gifts for well being of humankind.

References

https://medium.com/@ministryofhemp/what-are-the-benefits-of-hemp-seeds-584fc352257c

https://bohecolife.com/blogs/hemp-health-nutrition/at-the-heart-of-hemp-all-you-need-to-know-about-hemp-seed-nutrition

https://somatheeram.org/en/vata/

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