Hemp in Ayurveda - exploring the deep-rooted relationship
Ayurveda – a system of medicine with deep historical roots from India, is one of the most trusted practises followed across the country until today. It is believed that Hemp amongst 4 other plants was considered sacred for its medicinal properties that it carried. A strain from the cannabis sativa plant, Hemp has been in existence and used extensively to treat various illnesses that govern the well being of both physical and mental wellness.
Ayurveda has always considered the cannabis plant to be of medicinal value dating back to the ancient civilizations as far as 2000 BC. Sources from the Sushruta Samhita (a book composition of ancient traditional medicines) and even the Unani system of medicine (medical science introduced during medieval Islam) both of which consider for the plant to aid several ailments for its strong healing properties that it holds. Understanding the body’s regenerative capacity this plant seemed to have fulfilled a holistic approach supporting not only the physical aspect of well being but a large impact on the mind and spirit as well, making this a supremely powerful herb!
Going back in time the herb was administered to treat and monitor various conditions such as 1) Inflammation response 2) Sleep 3) Memory 4) Gut Health 4) Metabolic processes 5) Stress & relaxation.
Cannabis Sativa was found to activate the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that plays a large role in releasing several chemicals that are naturally produced within the body to maintain a balance. Today we continue to use derivatives such as Hemp as a source of natural fatty acids to supplement Omega 3 & 6, protein, fiber, vitamin A and B6, and several other minerals too. All of this and more into an easily consumable product in the form of hemp hearts, hemp protein powder, hemp trail mix and hemp oil keeping in sync with the original ideologies of Ayurvedic practices of nourishing the overall wellness of the human mind, body and spirit.
Ayurveda and its science is an absolute gift to mankind! With the evolution of time and resources, we have gone on to find a more simplified and accessible way to include Hemp in our daily lives. The recent development from the verdict by The United Nations recognising Cannabis for its medicinal and therapeutic properties, this may bring a change to local laws of states in the future. To know that India was amongst the majority at the United Nations who voted to remove cannabis from the list of classified drugs, leaves us in hope for this plant to make its way into a new revolution for a sustainable future.