INDIA: Cannabis (Bhang) is referred to as “Vijaya” in Sanskrit which means victory over all ailments. According to Atharva Veda, cannabis is regarded as one of the 5 most essential plants in the world. Cannabis is believed to have originated in India and has been medically used over several millennia in India with references of more than 200 cannabis formulations in Ayurveda.
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) derived from cannabis and thanks to its therapeutic potential; “CBD Oil” is already a multibillion-dollar industry globally. This medical boom is only expected to accelerate given the decision by World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2020 to remove cannabis from Schedule IV drugs. India was one of the countries that voted in favour of the rescheduling. Ayurvedic cannabis is legal in India since it comes under AYUSH and only a few Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies have the licenses to manufacture and sell them as medicines.
Effective in COVID-19 pandemic
Medical studies have also explored its efficacy and potency in quickly addressing chronic COVID-19 symptoms especially respiratory complications since medical cannabis is an effective immune modulator.
Several scientific researchers also indicate that medical cannabis can improve the quality of life of those who suffer from chronic ailments such as cancer, diabetes, high BP, and others besides disorders related to sleep, immunity, etc. and psychological such as stress, tension, schizophrenia, dementia, addiction, etc.
Other uses of cannabis
Besides medical, there are innumerable commercial uses for hemp (industrial cannabis) such as bioplastics, concrete, paper, pulp, textiles, biofuel, etc., making cannabis a supernatural plant and thus driving several nations in an unprecedented race to harness the plant’s fullest potential triggered by the spate of cannabis legalization globally in the recent past.
Ayurvedic cannabis rolls
Ayurvedic cannabis rolls for therapeutic smoking have been launched for the 1st time in India by “Turiya”, a brand belonging to the Ayurvedic pharmaceutical company Charaka Hanf, named after the “Father of Indian Medicine”, in February 2021. It is already been given approval from the Directorate of AYUSH.
Dhuma Yoga is non-GMO poly-herbal smoke that contains the leaves of Cannabis sativa. They contain neither tobacco nor nicotine. Dhuma Yoga rolls combine the therapeutic attributes of 5 powerful herbs namely cannabis, datura, henbane, vasa, and cavya to deliver a unique smoke therapy (Dhumapana) that increases respiratory wellness according to Ayurveda. This potent bronchodilator is indicated for asthma and dyspnea (breathing difficulty).
The individual herbs are known to help people suffering from cough, stress, pain, inflammation, indigestion, brain fog, autoimmune disorders, sleep loss, and substance abuse. Besides Dhuma Yoga, 32 other cannabis-based Ayurvedic medications in the form of tinctures, churan, capsules, suppositories, rolls, and confectionaries are being produced by Turiya. Many of these herbal medicines are aimed at addressing the lifestyle diseases that currently plague humanity especially for those who live in urban areas.
Turiya leverages powerful tools from India’s rich heritage such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, and Folk medicine combined with the advancements of modern medicine. They firmly believe that the ancient wisdom of India could hold the key to the well-being of mankind and that living harmoniously with nature is the only solution for our sustainable future. Turiya uses only full-spectrum extracts and powders of the cannabis leaves as per Ayurvedic pharmaceutical principles so that the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids are retained intact.
Ayurveda relies on complete extracts instead of isolated compounds because the former gives rise to the “Entourage Effect” in which the plant extract as a whole suppresses the harmful effects and amplifies the beneficial effects of the individual compounds. The entourage effect is the primary reason why natural medicines do not have any harmful side effects as opposed to synthetics. This unique phenomenon is hard to execute with synthetic medicines which have very few compounds while each medicinal plant’s extract has hundreds of beneficial active compounds of which many might have not even been identified yet.