Cannabinoid Medication - Past Remedies Rediscovered

With decades of Ayurvedic knowledge, India could play a leading role in the global cannabis market.

What is cannabis?

A plant species found to grow naturally in various regions across the globe, endemic to South Asia. Mature cannabis plants contain unique compounds called ‘cannabinoids’ that are utilised for their therapeutic and medicinal value.

A great many cultures from different regions across the globe have a long history of utilising cannabis as a natural remedy for anxiety, pain, insomnia, and the treatment of various other ailments. However, despite this storied and shared cultural heritage, an overall lack of scientific understanding coupled with a perceived potential for societal harm has resulted in decades of strict prohibitions worldwide.  

Fortunately, the accumulation of a slow but steady trickle of evidence-based research has begun to rapidly change perceptions regarding cannabis medicine, and the wide range of therapeutic applications of cannabinoids.


Acute Pain

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis




Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autoimmune Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Cachexia / Poor Appetite

Cancer Related Pain

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Pain 

Crohn's Disease





Headache / Migraine

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Insomnia / Sleep Disorders

Menstrual Pain / Cramping

Mood Disorders 

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscle Spasticity

Nausea and Vomiting

Neuropathic Pain / Nerve Damage

Palliative Care

Parkinson’s Disease

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Seizure Disorders

Spinal Injuries


Countries Studying Cannabis Therapies

This research has helped to fuel recent regulatory and social changes across the globe, leading to a resurgence in the use of cannabis as medicine, and redefining our understanding of its therapeutic potentials. 

Countries such as India, Canada, the USA, Uruguay, Australia, Germany, the UK and many more have enabled pathways for patients and health care providers to access cannabis medicine-based therapies. This has rapidly accelerated advancements in research into the many applications of cannabis medicine, and has subsequently led to the creation of an entirely new generation of products and consumption methods. All of which have been designed to maximize efficacy while minimizing any potential harm/side-effects.


Full Spectrum Extracts

THC Distillate

CBD Isolate

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Infused Edible Oils 

Gel Capsules


Sublingual Sprays / Patches

Topical Creams

Transdermal Patches

Dry Whole Flower

Vaporizer Cartridges

Cannabis in India

For patients in India, cannabis is recognised as a potent plant ingredient in Ayurveda, and cannabis medicine has earned ratification from India’s Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). As with other medications, patients can speak with their doctor about the appropriateness of cannabis medicine therapy for their needs. One can also seek out the advice of a medical practitioner who specialises in the use of cannabis medicine. If deemed appropriate, patients will be provided with a prescription to be fulfilled by a manufacturer of approved cannabis medicine products. 

Cannabis medicine products currently available in India are to be made from the leaves of the cannabis plant. Once harvested, the leaves undergo an extraction process resulting in a highly concentrated mixture of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in the cannabis plant. This concentrated extract is then used by manufactures of cannabis medicines to create infused edible oils, topical creams/lotions and other form factors.


Full Spectrum Edible Oils

Medicated Roll-ons

Capsules / Tablets

Topical Creams

Topical Oils

As the body of research on cannabis medicine grows, so shall the medical form factors, including development of targeted formulations for treating specific ailments. India is poised to become a leader in the cannabis medicine and phytopharmaceutical revolution.

Check out our extensive range of plant based medicine here. 

Originally published in the Indian Association of Functional Medicine Newsletter