Using Cannabis and Ayurveda to Improve Sleep

Cannabis is regarded as the five essential plants in Vedas, and for a good reason. Cannabis or “Vijaya” helps one to attain victory over sufferings.

However, so much has been said to misled about the plant, that people often get confused. Its beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Cannabis can be abused, yes. Similarly like anything used in excess is bad. But the medicine has so much potential to help in various ailments and act as a boon for mankind, if used in the right way.

We are witnessing a much needed mind shift with ongoing research and worldwide law reforms, which has brought the focus back to the benefits of Cannabis.

So, Why Cannabis?

Cannabis has been used since thousands of years in India to alleviate pain, relax muscles, stimulate appetite, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

Cannabis is a vital ingredient in more than 80 traditional Ayurvedic formulas, in varying quantities. For individuals suffering from Insomnia, it works –

  • As an effective sleep aid, as it restores person’s natural sleep cycle.
  • With analgesic properties, it can provide relief from chronic pain,
  • Its anti-anxiety properties help calm down mind and body,
  • Reduces stress and improves mood

Please be advised that Cannabis is a medicine that works differently on different individuals and thus should be started slow to analyze its impact and interpret the right dose. It is best consumed under the guidance of a doctor and in moderation.

How is cannabis associated with sleep?

The herb contains many cannabinoids, which affects the body through the endocannabinoid system, the receptors of which are located in throughout our body. This system is a biochemical communication system of the body and regulates our physiology, mood, and everyday experience. Endocrine system regulates the processes such as sleep, energy storage, growth and development. Endocrine system disruption can lead to various disorders, including anxiety and insomnia.

Cannabinoids have the potential to regulate endocrine system and improve sleep patterns by reducing anxiety and improving REM sleep.

Which sleep disorders can be treated with Cannabis?

We sleep to rest the body and reset the mind for the next day. Imagine the plight of those who cannot get a restful sleep. Medicinal cannabis has been proven to be a boon for such patients, suffering from a range of sleep disorders. The five most common and precarious sleep disorders that can be benefitted by Cannabis are mentioned below:

  1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes breathing to be interrupted for 10-30 seconds in one go, which causes loss of oxygen resulting in disturbed sleep.

  1. Insomnia

Unable to fall asleep, when you want to, can cause a lot of stress. When this happens for a prolonged number of days, it is termed as insomnia.

  1. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

You must have seen people talking or walking or moving their limbs, while sleeping, this is REM Sleep disorder, where the person enacts the dreams.

  1. Hyper somnolence

Hyper somnolence makes people very sleepy during the day. This situation does not get better even after a nightlong sleep.

  1. Restless Leg Syndrome

This disorder creates an irresistible urge to shake your legs. Movements of legs cause lot of disturbance in falling asleep.

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  • Sarpagandha Ghan Vati is one of the best natural medicines by Vedi Herbals to treat insomnia, along with high blood pressure and alcoholism, the most apparent problems in today’s world. Infused with the goodness of Cannabis, it is a good remedy for hypertension and insomnia.
  • Vijaya Capsules (Cannabis Sativa) is a full spectrum cannabis extract, standardized to 4% CBD and 2% THC. Capsules available in 2:1 ratio are considered to be ideal for treating insomnia. Vijaya Capsules works on the interactions of cannabinoids with our own endocannabinoid system and help to regulate movement, mood, memory, appetite, pain and many other activities.

Tips

Ayurvedic Cannabis also has minor side effects, which can be easily reduced by including the following in your diet:

  • Cannabis may have heating effects in body, so try to balance it with other herbs and foods, which have qualities pacifying its harmful effects. Consume foods that have cooling, moistening, nourishing effects.
  • Ghee is an ideal treat for overall nourishment of body and digestion. While using Cannabis, ghee must be a part of diet.
  • Spices such as cumin, coriander, fennel, rose, saffron have cooling digestive qualities, including them in your diet will also help.
  • Pomegranate Juice, grape juice and coconut water are very refreshing, cooling, thirst quenching and improve digestion.

Conclusion

In the recent years, Cannabis has received immense attention and appreciation due to its enormous medicinal potential. Studies and time have proven that Cannabis definitely is a holistic herbal treatment for sleep disorders.

Choosing the right CBD: THC ratio in Cannabis

We all know that the Cannabis plant is used for recreational purposes, such as getting high. The Cannabinoid THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the only compound in the Cannabis plant, which gives the psychoactive effect and makes you feel high. We would like to portray the other side of the coin, as it can do wonders for the brain health and the overall wellbeing of yours, if used in the right way and under the supervision of an Ayurvedic practitioner, as a medicine or for wellness. Not for abuse.

Did you know that this plant also produces more than 100 other non-psychoactive compounds known as Cannabinoids, providing numerous benefits in treating various disorders and managing symptoms?

The two most well-researched and well-known Cannabinoids are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD is non-psychoactive and provides good relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, convulsions and other conditions. THC provides good relief from neuropathic pain, lack of appetite, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, spasms, irritability and other conditions.

Hence, both of these Cannabinoids along with the various other Cannabinoids are essentially needed for a complete treatment. Adding on other Ayurvedic herbs will certainly improve the healing process.

Cannabis has a lot of medicinal value and has been used in Ayurveda and other systems of traditional medicines since ages. The purpose of this blog is to highlight the medicinal uses of these compounds, how they work together and what should be the right ratio for you. As of now HempCann Solutions has been able to produce the Cannabis capsules in two different ratios of CBD and THC, which is 1:1 & 2:1 and can be available through vediherbals.com

Medicinal uses of CBD and THC

The diagram below illustrates some of the medical benefits that can be gained using CBD and THC:

 

Here are links to some clinical studies that have been conducted to prove the medicinal properties of CBD and THC. You will find thousands of research articles on-line, proving the effectiveness of Cannabis in the treatment of various disorders.

How CBD can prevent seizures, THC and anti-cancer effect, CBD and mood disorders.

Why are CBD and THC taken together?

Our body has an endocannabinoid system. Which means we produce natural cannabinoids endogenously. The human endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes, such as mood, fertility, pregnancy, appetite, pain-sensation, memory, etc.

Scientists have identified two primary Cannabinoid receptors in our body. CB1, which is highly concentrated in the brain/ central nervous system, and CB2, which has the highest concentration in our immune system.

When we consume an external cannabinoid (phytocannabinoid), like THC/ CBD it has a different mechanism of action in our bodies and follows different pathways. And when CBD and THC are taken together it creates a synergy known as “entourage effect”. Simplistically, it means that the non-psychoactive CBD modulates or balances the effects of the psychoactive THC. We have seen earlier that THC has many medicinal properties but because of its psychoactive nature, it cannot be taken by itself, as it creates some anxiety and minor side effects. Hence, when THC is taken along with CBD and the other phytocannabinoids, the psychoactive effects are reduced and the therapeutic effects are enhanced.

CBD and THC ratio

It is clear that CBD and THC have to be taken together to enhance and support each other’s medicinal value, along with the many other Cannabinoids of the Cannabis plant. Such as CBN, CBC, THCA, THCV, etc. But, is there a specific ratio and what are their benefits? Yes there are many such ratios, which benefit various individuals. There is no specific ratio that will suit every individual suffering from a particular condition.

Ratios that are most commonly available and used are CBD:THC ratio as 1:1, 2:1, 1:2 and 20:1.

Even Ratio (CBD:THC::1:1) : The balanced standardization. These are optimal for treating problems like neuropathic pain, lack of appetite, depression, spasms, nausea, vomiting, neurodegenerative diseases, etc.

High CBD (CBD:THC::2:1):  The high CBD standardization. These are ideal for problems like seizures, inflammation, stress, anxiety, insomnia, etc.

So, What Ratio Should I Take?

Now, this can be confusing for a beginner. Every individual is different, and can react differently to various types of Cannabinoid ratios and cultivars. We would advise you to not pick a medicine over the counter. If you are not sure about the formulation that is going to suit you, please get in touch with us and we will certainly help you find the right ratio for you.

The adage “start low and go slow” is appropriate for cannabis therapy. If you are not sure about how the THC is going to react in your body, its better to start with our 2:1 ratio, as it contains less THC.

This blog details the combinations and its effects. Having read it you not only have a complete understanding of using these cannabinoids but it will also help you in asking your medical expert right questions.

Vijaya capsules from VEDI

Vijaya capsules from Vedi have 125mg Cannabis extract infused in Organic cold pressed Coconut oil. These capsules are available in two variants.

Vijaya Capsules with CBD:THC ratio of 2:1, which can help to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Contains 4% CBD and 2% THC.

The other variant of Vijaya  Capsules has CBD:THC in 1:1 ratio. This can help relieve neuropathic pain and stimulate appetite. Contains 4% CBD and 4% THC.

Cannabis has a lot of potential in treating and managing various ailments and providing relief in symptoms. Read more on Vedi website here.