Vijaya, Sanskrit for Cannabis also known as Bhanga in Hindi, used by Ayurvedic physicians for hundreds probably thousands of years and definitely holds a place in the Ayurvedic pharmacology…but with all the attention cannabinoids have been receiving lately, (about time) I was curious… why it’s not more common in the modern Ayurvedic vernacular…?

 Since ANXIETY is considered a VATA IMBALANCE in Ayurvedic medicine (as is insomnia, the racing mind, looping thoughts, changeable or unsteady thinking, fear or nervousness and ALL imbalances of the nervous system) and since we are living in the ERA of the aggravated Vata dosha…more than ever before in human history are we collectively suffering from the psychological imbalances of Vata dosha, (think multi-level multi-tasking, chronic overstimulation, digital dementia and social scrolling addictions). We’re all pretty much now on the CBD chill train, and thank god for that. Youtubeable Ethan Russo, a neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher and expert on cannabis has said there are more cannabinoid receptors in the brain than there are for all of the neurotransmitters put together. Hello! That’s got to count for something.

 Cannabis Sativa is indigenous to India, so what is the Ayurvedic perspective on Cannabis as medicine? Turns out. It’s pretty complicated, or at least what I’ve found so far…

 According to Ayurveda, marijuana is mainly clumped into the same area as all mind altering substances including alcohol and is said to have a dulling effect on the mind, and that actually nervine herbs such as Brahmi and Amla were used to remove the toxins accumulated from MaryJ use and to repair the damaged nervous system….but obviously there were no isolates 3000 years ago and certainly not the awareness that we had Cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, not to mention an endocannabinoid system, which is a fairly new discovery.  Ayurveda also says though, that everything that exists can be medicine, which I love.

I’m also really into the marriage of new science with indigenous medicine and since HEMP is such a revered plant and the CBD isolate is indisputably helping so many people with nervous system issues/psychological Vata Imbalances, I say VIJAYA as a modern Ayurvedic remedy for this common issue; VIJAYA FOR VATA DISTURBANCES OF THE MIND. And those aren’t going anywhere for now.

Meanwhile, on www.holifestival.org  I found a recipe for a ‘flavoured bhang drink’ which I have re-named:

Hot Rose Hemp Chai

 2 cups water

1 ounce marijuana (fresh leaves and flowers of a female plant preferred)

4 cups warm milk

2 tablespoons blanched and chopped almonds

1/8 teaspoon garam masala (a mixture of cloves, cinnamon, and cardamon)

1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/2 to 1 teaspoon rosewater

1 cup sugar

Easy enough to sub out the sugar and milk if desired. And relax.