Vijaya or Cannabis Sativa, an important Ayurvedic herb with wide-ranging therapeutic benefits, has garnered a negative reputation worldwide due to its recreational abuse. It has led to various taboos and stigmas around its usage, further reinforced by the NDPS act’s ban on certain parts of the plant.
Over the years, numerous medical studies and research have acknowledged the herb’s holistic and effective medicinal properties. It has caused modern medical professionals to resort to it for alleviating various health conditions.
Let us dive into Vijaya’s recreational and medicinal usage and discover how ventures like Hempstreet can help you access the true potential of this invaluable herb for your overall health and well-being.
Why OTC Cannabis-Based Medicines Are Harmful
Cannabis tablets and solutions available over the counter (OTC) are very harmful to the system, not because of the herb itself, but because of the way it’s consumed. Without the proper consultation from Ayurvedic doctors, people can’t know the severity of their health issues or the correct dosage of the herb needed for the treatment.
As a result, people consuming OTC medications don’t know how much their body needs and when to stop their usage. Furthermore, there is no limit to how much of it can be procured. Many people may initially use Vijaya for medicinal purposes. But ignorance regarding the right dosage may result in drug overdose, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and various other adverse health consequences.
As per statistics, at least 30% of people consuming Vijaya without a prescription suffer from cannabis use disorder that can lead to addiction. This condition is four to seven times more likely to occur among teenagers.
The Dangers of Abusing Vijaya
Vijaya is known for its direct influence on the body, especially on the brain. One of the most important biological systems in the body is the ECS, which regulates various crucial bodily processes. It prominently consists of cannabinoid receptors that are spread throughout the body. Most of them are highly concentrated in the brain. The chemical compounds in the hemp plant, called cannabinoids, are known to bind directly with these receptors and activate them.
Thus, Vijaya directly influences the body’s different organ systems and functions to help alleviate the health conditions a person may suffer. But if there is no health issue to be treated in the first place, the needlessly activated cannabinoid receptors in the brain can cause severe side effects on health.
In the short term, Vijaya’s abuse can affect various vital mental processes in an adult, including thinking, coordination, judgment, decision-making and problem-solving abilities, reaction time, motor skills, perception, memory, and mood. Other such short-term symptoms include-
- Unexplained appetite changes
- Higher heart rate
- Heightened awareness and sensations
- Mood issues
- Trouble sleeping
The herb’s regular long-term use can lead to
- Changes in the brain’s structure
- Lower dopamine release
- Addiction disorders
- Lung problems (breathing issues, chronic cough, etc.)
- Memory loss
- Intense nausea and vomiting
- Increased risk of heart health issues
- Weakened immune system
- Mental health problems (depression, anxiety, psychosis, stress, etc.)
These symptoms severely affect people’s athletic performance, mental health, ability to function at work or school/college, relationships, daily lifestyle, and overall life quality.
Medical Use of Vijaya
Unlike the easy accessibility and careless usage of OTC medications, medicinal Vijaya can be accessed only when prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors. Patients consume it in limited amounts for a specified time. Thus, there is no scope for unlimited and irresponsible consumption.
In addition, there is a vast difference between the quality of OTC versus prescribed medicines. While the herb has the same growing process in both cases, the differences occur during the cultivation and production stages.
Vijaya grown for prescribed medicinal use undergoes a stricter production process before it is made available for consumption, as compared to OTC recreational cannabis-based medicines. While the latter can be grown both indoors and outdoors, the former is grown indoors in a controlled environment and is closely monitored for possible safety issues.
Hempstreet Medicare, the first and largest research-to-retail medical cannabis venture in India, works with a network of over 60,000 expert Ayurvedic doctors. It aims to spread awareness about Vijaya’s invaluable health benefits and how people can alleviate their health issues using cannabis-based medicinesnaturally and holistically.
The venture ensures the safe and responsible dispensing of the herb by leveraging blockchain technology to overlook all stages of the Ayurvedic medicines’ supply chain, allowing for the transparency of all vital information.
Vijaya’s Therapeutic Properties
Vijaya’s direct influence on the body’s Endocannabinoid system enables the herb to alleviate various health issues, such as
- Pain (chronic, acute, post-operative, pains associated with underlying conditions, etc.)
- Digestive issues (diarrhea, constipation, IBD, IBS, etc.)
- Mental health issues (social anxiety, PTSD, depression, mood problems)
- Menstrual problems (cramps, period pain, dysmenorrhea, PCOS, etc.)
- Sexual health problems (erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, infertility, low sex drive, etc.)
Other conditions it can relieve include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, glaucoma, osteoporosis, arthritis, autism, seizures, fatigue, obesity, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, alcoholism and drug addiction, insomnia, etc. Since Ayurvedic medicines derived from Vijaya contain natural ingredients, they are easily tolerable and safe for consumption.
Unlike conventional pharmaceuticals and treatment methods, the ingredients do not exhibit adverse side effects. On the contrary, Vijaya helps reduce the patients’ dependency on harmful and addictive OTC drugs (painkillers, opioids, NSAIDs, antidepressants, etc.) and reduces the side effects of their consumption. This significantly improves the overall health, well-being, and life quality of the patients.
Is It Legal?
One of the biggest reasons that makes patients skeptical about consuming Vijaya is its legality. The NDPS Act 1985 bans the manufacture, sale, production, possession, consumption, transport, and purchase of certain psychoactive drugs, except for scientific and medical purposes. While the hemp plant comes under its purview due to its recreational usage, the act does not include the complete plant but only its specific parts, namely-
- separated resin
- flowering or fruiting tops
- any mixture/drink prepared from any of the above forms of the herb
The act excludes the seeds and leaves of the hemp plant because they have valuable medical properties and form the basis of cannabis-based medicines. In all of its Ayurvedic medicines, Hempstreet leverages only the hemp plant’s leaves as their prominent ingredients. It uses neither the resin nor the tops in its formulations.
Thus, Hempstreet complies with the necessary legalities and regulations, and its medications do not present any risk of psychoactive effects, addiction, or careless abuse. Also, in 2022, the central government of India legalized the medical use of this herb in the country. Thus, patients can easily use Vijaya’s medicinal properties without worrying about the legalities.
Hempstreet has taken the initiative to empower patients with safe and legal access to Vijaya through the proper consultation and prescription from expert Ayurvedic doctors. It looks to spread awareness about the dangers of unlimited OTC access to this herb.
It is time we become aware of the difference between Vijaya’s judicious medicinal usage and its irresponsible recreational abuse. Reach out to discover more about the natural, holistic, and effective healthcare you deserve!