Modi’s ayurveda push may promote marijuana use in India

India’s new-found love for ayurveda, its ancient medicine system, may help mainstream marijuana in the country.

On Nov. 25, the Central Council For Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, a research body under India’s AYUSH ministry of traditional medicine, announced positive results from the first clinical study in India on the use of cannabis as a restorative drug for cancer patients. 

“In the pilot study conducted earlier this year, cannabis leaves-based drugs have been found effective in alleviating pain and other symptoms in cancer patients post chemo and radiotherapy,” the council’s director general Vaidya K S Dhiman told the Press Trust of India.

Two days earlier, the Council of Scientific Industrial Research’s Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM), another government research body, had said it is developing three drugs from cannabis to treat patients of cancer, epilepsy, and sickle-cell anaemia.

The drugs would be “natural” instead

... read more at: https://qz.com/india/1474267/modis-ayurveda-push-may-promote-marijuana-use-in-india/

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Modi’s ayurveda push may promote marijuana use in India

India’s new-found love for ayurveda, its ancient medicine system, may help mainstream marijuana in the country.

On Nov. 25, the Central Council For Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, a research body under India’s AYUSH ministry of traditional medicine, announced positive results from the first clinical study in India on the use of cannabis as a restorative drug for cancer patients. 

“In the pilot study conducted earlier this year, cannabis leaves-based drugs have been found effective in alleviating pain and other symptoms in cancer patients post chemo and radiotherapy,” the council’s director general Vaidya K S Dhiman told the Press Trust of India.

Two days earlier, the Council of Scientific Industrial Research’s Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM), another government research body, had said it is developing three drugs from cannabis to treat patients of cancer, epilepsy, and sickle-cell anaemia.

The drugs would be “natural” instead

... read more at: https://qz.com/india/1474267/modis-ayurveda-push-may-promote-marijuana-use-in-india/

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