In the intricate tapestry of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of holistic healing, Cannabis, also known as ‘Vijaya’ (Victorious), ‘Siddhi’ (Perfection), and ‘Bhanga’, is a plant in the category of ‘upavisha’, meaning something which has toxic qualities but is not fatal for human consumption.
While often associated with contemporary debates and discussions, Cannabis has been an integral part of Ayurvedic, Siddha, and Unani medicine for centuries, revered for its therapeutic properties and profound impact on the human body and mind.
Cannabis in Ayurveda: A Sacred Connection
Ayurveda, the science of life, views Cannabis not merely as a recreational substance but as a sacred plant with immense medicinal potential. Known as "Vijaya" in Sanskrit, Cannabis finds its place in Ayurvedic texts dating back thousands of years. It is revered for its ability to balance the body's doshas (energetic principles) and promote overall well-being. There are around 200 Classical Ayurvedic Formulas containing Vijaya. Below is a formula called ‘Anandabhairavi Rasa’.
Understanding Shodhana: The Purification Process
At the heart of Ayurvedic Cannabis lies the profound practice of Shodhana, the purification process. Shodhana does not apply only to Cannabis, Shodhana is a meticulous method of cleansing and preparing Cannabis (as well as other materials which fall in the category of upavisha), to unlock its therapeutic potential while mitigating potential adverse effects. Unlike conventional Cannabis processing methods, Cannabis which has been prepared according to Shodhana, goes beyond mere extraction or preparation of the plant; it embodies a sacred ritual deeply rooted in Ayurvedic as well as Yogic principles.
Unlocking the Essence: Cannabis as Upavisha
In Ayurveda, Cannabis holds the status as and category of upavisha, a substance that possesses both toxic and therapeutic qualities. While upavisha substances are inherently potent and potentially harmful if misused, they also harbor profound healing properties when purified and administered with wisdom.
This concept finds resonance in Rasa Shastra, the ancient alchemical science of transformation, where substances like plants, metals and minerals are purified and transmuted into healing elixirs.
Through the alchemical process of Shodhana, Cannabis transcends its Upavisha nature, undergoing a metamorphosis akin to the alchemical transmutation of base metals into gold. As Cannabis traverses the sacred crucible of Shodhana, it sheds its toxic qualities and emerges as a nectar, or rasa, of healing potential. This transformation is not merely physical but spiritual. Through Shodhana, Cannabis becomes a sacred elixir, offering nourishment to the body, mind, and spirit alike.
16 Types of Shodhana
Those types of Shodhana which are underlined are types which are incorporated in Siddhi Tonics creations
The Significance of Shodhana: Unlocking the Healing Potential
Shodhana is not merely about purifying Cannabis; it is about honoring its essence and harnessing its healing power. This transformative process involves multiple stages, including washing, soaking, boiling, grinding and straining to eliminate impurities and enhance its medicinal properties.
1. Removal of Toxins: Shodhana removes harmful toxins and impurities present in Cannabis, ensuring that only the purest essence remains. By detoxifying the herb, Shodhana enhances its therapeutic efficacy while minimizing potential side effects.
2. Enhancement of Potency: Through Shodhana, Cannabis undergoes a metamorphosis, becoming more potent and bioavailable. The purification process unlocks the herb's innate healing potential, amplifying its medicinal properties and maximizing its impact on the body and mind.
3. Restoration of Balance: In Ayurveda, health is synonymous with balance. Shodhana harmonizes Cannabis with the body's natural rhythms, aligning its energy with the individual's constitution. By restoring equilibrium, Shodhana facilitates holistic healing and promotes optimal well-being.
Embracing the Sacred Tradition
In a world driven by modern medicine and pharmaceutical interventions, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda offers a profound reminder of the sacred alliance between nature and healing. Through the practice of Shodhana, Cannabis transcends its botanical form, becoming a vessel of transformation and a catalyst for holistic wellness.
The herbal pairing of Classical as well as Proprietary formulations are important as well. However, if a Cannabis containing formula contains Cannabis which has not undergone Shodhana, it will not be able to offer it’s full potential to the beneficiary.
Honoring the Wisdom of Ayurveda
As we journey through the annals of time, the wisdom of Ayurveda continues to illuminate our path towards holistic healing and profound transformation. In the realm of Cannabis, the practice of Shodhana stands as a testament to the sacred bond between nature and medicine, inviting us to embrace the timeless traditions that have guided humanity for millennia.
In the sacred union of Cannabis and Ayurveda, the journey of healing unfolds, revealing the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. As we honor the ancient wisdom of Shodhana, may we rediscover the profound healing potential that lies within the heart of nature's most sacred offerings.