· By Chiru Roy
Medicinal Cannabis - Facts and Benefits
Medicinal Cannabis is finally garnering the attention it warrants, thanks to the ongoing research that has yet again proved its miraculous benefits.
Studies and research have shown that Medicinal Cannabis has a lot of potential in treatment of various disorders and chronic diseases including cancer, nausea, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, depression and pain management without exerting harmful side effects.
Medicinal Cannabis has been known for its benefits and used since 5000 B.C. in India to treat certain conditions. Believe it or not, Ayurveda refers to it as the “Vijaya”, meaning “conqueror”. It signifies its efficacy in treating multiple diseases and disorders. There are more than 200 formulations in Ayurveda that contains Cannabis as an ingredient.
So, what is Medicinal Cannabis? How does it work?
Medicinal Cannabis uses the Marijuana plant for “medicinal” purposes and hence the name. The term “marijuana” is responsible for its controversial image, but one needs to remember that there is significant difference between pharmaceutical product derived from Cannabis and crude Marijuana used for recreational purpose.
The plant contains more than 100 different chemicals, where each has a different effect on the body. Pharmaceutical products contain varying levels of these chemicals and the ratio right for you depends on the medical condition that you need to treat.
Medicinal Cannabis contain THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol), the legendary psychoactive component responsible for rendering the “high” feeling. The psychoactive effects of THC, such as euphoria and feeling relaxed or sleepy, are well known, but THC has also been found to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as being able to prevent and reduce vomiting.
Thus the THC component offers a variety of medicinal benefits in conditions including insomnia, neuropathic and chronic pain, inflammation, cancer, multiple sclerosis, to name a few.
Another popular chemical present in Medicinal Cannabis is CBD (Cannabidiol), that renders key medicinal and therapeutic effects without the high. CBD’s benefits include helpful in reducing inflammation, pain management, improving mood disorders and anxiety relief, among many more.
Cannabis is an important ingredient in Vedi products, loaded with polyunsaturated fatty acids nourishes skin and reduces the effect of environmental aggressors, is used in our complete skin care range. We also offer three different proprietary formulations from Cannabis leaves extract.
Health Benefits of Medicinal Cannabis
Research has shown that Medicinal Cannabis has positive results in treating mood disorders, seizures, degenerative neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mare then 20 states in the U.S. have also legalized the use of medicinal cannabis due to its effectiveness.
Cannabis has been used as an anti-depressant for many years. It has been seen to relieve stress and anxiety. Thus, it helps a person to calm down and relax. When used in mild amounts and under the supervision of a doctor, it can help fight depression as it corrects the chemical balance in the brain which triggers depression.
It is said that people who consume cannabis feel less pain as compared to those who do not. This happens because the herb soothes nerves and prevents the sensation of pain.
Skin problems are universal and research is taking scientists back to ancient remedies. It is said that applying paste of the leaves on the skin makes it smoother and removes chapping. It also helps fight drying and roughening of the skin. Since it is cooling it is also used to treat sun burns.
Improves appetite and digestion
Vijaya when consumed in some snacks before meals is said to increase appetite. it is said that it also quickens digestion.
Cannabis leaves have cancer preventive properties. The leaves of this plant work as an antioxidant that helps to remove free radicals. The compound called cannabinoid that is also present in this plant aids this process by inhibiting the growth of tumor cells and can also kill any such physical developments.
The cannabinoid present in the Cannabis leaves have a string of benefits attached to it. This compound promotes your bone growth and makes them stronger too. A better bone growth helps improve the bone function that makes you fit and increases your agility.
Effective against migraine
The cannabinoid that is present in the leaves of the herb have other benefits too. It is a wonderful muscle relaxant. This property makes it useful in treating migraine. Vijaya lets you relax and relieves you of the throbbing pain that is typical of migraine.
Glaucoma is a condition of the eye where the increased pressure on the optic nerve impairs vision and can also lead to blindness. It has been seen that Cannabis reduces this pressure that helps to slow down the damaging effect of the disease and also prevents blindness.
Treats multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a disease where the body has a lot of muscle spasms. The anti-spasmodic property of cannabis helps to calm the muscles by preventing spasms. This is why such patients are often prescribed a certain amount of the herb under medical supervision.
Prevents Bacterial Growth
The cannabinoid from the leaves of cannabis prevents bacterial growth. This is effective as it can slow down the growth of bacteria or even kill them helping you to be safe from infections and other health problems caused by them.
Cannapain for Neuropathic Pain Relief and Appetite Stimulation
This full spectrum cannabis extract is 125mg in Cannapain and 250mg in Cannapain+ capsule.
- Stimulates Appetite and alleviates upset stomach
- Is useful for Cancer palliative care and prevent cancer
- Effective in relieving from chemotherapy-induced side effects like nausea and vomiting
- Can be recommended for glaucoma, insomnia
- Relieves Neuropathic pain
- Useful for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases
- Is an effective alternative healing solution for autism, epilepsy, neuropathic disorder, and multiple sclerosis
- Is a good source to control blood sugar
Dosage: As directed by the physician
In conclusion we think the herb has been aptly names Vijaya as it helps us gain victory over so many ailments. So, use Vijaya to attain “aarogya” and “swasthya”!
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