India is known for its natural medicines and herbs. The country has been using cannabis as a medicine for thousands of years, from the time of the Vedas and Ayurveda. Many Ayurvedic texts mention the use of cannabis as a remedy for various diseases.
The Ministry of AYUSH has taken up a project for developing standard guidelines for cultivation of cannabis for pharmaceutical purpose.
The Ministry of AYUSH has taken up a project for developing standard guidelines for cultivation of cannabis for pharmaceutical purpose. The said project was started in February 2019 and is expected to be complete by March 2021, after which the guidelines will be notified by the Central Government and this would enable cultivation of legal variety of cannabis legally in India.
India legalized cannabis for medicinal use in 1961
Cannabis has been used in India for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The earliest reference to the use of cannabis as a medicine comes from the Atharva Veda, one of the oldest scriptures in existence. The Vedic people cultivated hemp and utilized its fibres to make rope and fabric. They also used cannabis seeds as food, which were rich in protein and omega fatty acids.
The Ayurvedic tradition also has extensive knowledge about cannabis' properties as a medicinal plant, dating back to over 3,000 years ago; it was called bhang or ganja in ancient India, meaning "hemp" or "marijuana". The herb was used primarily for pain relief and nausea but also for conditions like leprosy and malaria before being banned by British rule around 1850 CE due to political pressure from western powers including China who had imposed tariffs on cotton exports from India because it was grown under shade rather than directly under sunlight (which requires more land).
Present position of medical cannabis and cosmetic application
CBD is a chemical compound that belongs to the cannabinoids family. It is extracted from the cannabis plant and it has been used for treatment of several health conditions. The use of CBD was first legalized in India in 2018, but many people are still unaware of what it’s all about and how it works.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of more than 60 compounds found in cannabis plants. CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system, which is made up of thousands of cannabinoid receptors located throughout your body. These receptors are responsible for regulating different types of human functions including sleep, mood and memory among others.
Use of cannabis as medicine dates back to 2000 BC, when Chinese emperor Chen Nung recorded its use in his book Pen Ts'ao Ching.
The use of cannabis as medicine dates back to 2000 BC, when Chinese emperor Chen Nung recorded its use in his book Pen Ts'ao Ching. According to historians, the plant was originally used for a number of ailments including rheumatism and malaria. It was also used recreationally since it has psychoactive effects—that is, it gets you high.
Cannabis contains two main compounds: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These compounds interact with receptors in our brains called endocannabinoid receptors which help regulate memory, moods and sleep patterns among other things. THC acts primarily upon the CB1 receptor while CBD has little or no effect on this receptor; instead it affects other receptors such as vanilloid 1 (V1R) which helps regulate pain perception
Finally, we hope that this post has shown you just how much potential there is in cannabis-based medicine. With the right research and funding, it could be an incredible resource for people suffering from all sorts of illnesses. We’re excited to see what happens in the future!