Use of cannabis in Ayurvedic
Cannabis has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. In Sanskrit, Cannabis is called bhang. Ancient texts about Ayurvedic herbs list Cannabis as a poison, but it has been used in healing preparations after being cleaned. It is talked about in the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Shargandhara Samhita, which are all old Ayurvedic books.
In the Anandakanda, there is a whole chapter about the herb, including how to clean, grow, prepare, and use it. In this chapter, the Anandakanda talks about the nine stages of how dangerous Cannabis is. This text also suggests different ways to counteract the toxic and narcotic effects of too much cannabis use. They need to know that most Ayurvedic formulas that used to call for Cannabis are now usually made without Cannabis because of legal issues. Cannabis is rarely used in Ayurvedic practice today.
Cannabis grows wild in the Himalayas, in India from Kashmir in the east to beyond Assam in the west, and all over Central and West Asia. Most Cannabis is grown in India, mainly in the tropical and subtropical areas.
One of the oldest cannabis traditions dates back to 2000 B.C. and is still used today. This shows that Cannabis has been around for a long time and has affected culture. So, let's look at some traditional Ayurvedic knowledge to see what it can teach us.
1. The Atharva Veda says that Cannabis is one of the five most sacred plants on Earth and that a guardian angel lives in its leaves. It also calls it a "source of happiness," "giver of joy," and "liberator."
2. The cannabis plant is used as a medicine in Ayurveda. The Sushruta Samhita, written in 6 BCE, is used to help with digestion and appetite.
3. Muslims in medieval India who practiced Unani medicine used Cannabis to treat nervous system diseases and stop muscle spasms and seizures.
4. The Mughal emperor Humayan loved major, a sweet cannabis treat like a hash brownie in the Middle Ages.
5. During the battle, Sikh fighters often used bhang to help them fight better and dull their pain.
6. Cannabis was taken by mouth in Ayurvedic and Tibbi rituals to treat diseases like malaria and rheumatism.
7. Warriors drank bhang to calm their nerves, and newlyweds drank it to get more sexually aroused. Find out more by watching the video below.
When the British went to India, cannabis use was so daily that they decided to do an extensive study called the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report of 1894. The report was supposed to look into how the cannabis plant is grown, how drugs are made from it, how those drugs are sold, what the social and moral effects of using Cannabis are, and whether or not it should be banned. Medical experts went all over India and did more than 1,100 standard interviews. The commission did things in a planned and thorough way and talked to many different kinds of people in many different situations. Since then, vendors who want to sell bhang have to get a permit from the government. In northern India, especially during festivals, you can buy bhang in solid form, bhang lassis, and thandai or gardai drinks.
There is no stigma in provinces where Cannabis has been a part of daily life since the beginning of Hindu culture. Drinking bhang daily is a social norm and a part of many religious rituals. Some people believe that drinking bhang is a way to worship Shiva. Ayurvedic medicine had used the powerful health benefits of Cannabis for thousands of years, long before modern science proved them.