Here's everything you need to know about cannabinoid medication in India, from legality to usage.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is THC?

A: THC is a cannabinoid that has the potential to cause intoxicating effects and therapeutically has been noted to help manage symptoms such as: chronic pain; depression; insomnia / sleep disorders; muscle spasticity; nausea; and poor appetite.

Q: What is CBD?

A: CBD is a cannabinoid that has non-intoxicating effects and has been noted to have the potential to improve symptoms such as: anxiety; chronic pain; depression; IBD; inflammation; migraines; seizures; and sleep disorders.

Q: What is full-spectrum cannabis oil?

A: A full-spectrum cannabis oil is a product made using a full-spectrum or ‘whole plant’ extract containing all of the compounds representing the full profile of the plant such as different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

Q: What is the ‘entourage effect’?

A: When the active components of cannabis are consumed together (cannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids, flavonoids) they work synergistically providing a greater therapeutic effect than can be achieved from each component individually. This is referred to as the ‘entourage effect’.

Q: What do Shunyata edible oils contain?

A: Shunyata Pain – Composition:
10% Vijaya* (Leaf) Extract (*Cannabis indica Lam.); 88.5% MCT Coconut Oil; 0.5% Orange Oil; 0.5% Spearmint Oil; 0.5% Cinnamon Oil
Shunyata Calm – Composition:
7.5% Vijaya (Leaf) Extract (*Cannabis indica Lam.); 91.5% MCT Coconut Oil; 0.5% Cinnamon Oil; 0.5% Vanilla Oil
Shunyata Balance – Composition:
5% Vijaya* (Leaf) Extract (*Cannabis indica Lam.); 94% MCT Coconut Oil; 0.5% Tulsi (Holy Basil) Oil; 0.5% Turmeric Oil

Q: Why do I need a prescription to purchase Shunyata edible oils?

A: As per Indian regulations, Shunyata edible oils and other medications containing cannabis are to be taken under medical supervision. The Savikalpa Virtual Clinic helps patients access licensed physicians for a consultation and prescription for appropriate diagnosis and guidance on cannabis medicine dosage, which can vary from person to person. We wish to ensure a high standard of care and also prevent abuse of cannabinoid medicines, and thus require a physician mediated pathway for access to Shunyata edible oils.

Q: What do Shunyata cannabis oil medicines help with?

A: Shunyata Pain – Benefits may include:
Reduces chronic & neuropathic pain; anti-inflammatory; reduces nausea and vomiting; improves sleep; enhances appetite
Shunyata Calm – Benefits may include:
Reduces stress and anxiety; enhances mood; improves sleep; reduces inflammation; promotes skin health
Shunyata Balance – Benefits may include:
Promotes restful sleep; reduces inflammation; enhances mood; antioxidant properties

Q: How do I know how much medication to take?

A: Please follow dosage instructions as directed by your prescribing physician. Starting dosage should be low and if needed, increased gradually until efficacy is achieved.

Q: Will the Shunyata cannabis edible oils get me high?

A: Patients can achieve symptom relief without having to experience the side effects of excessive euphoria or a ‘high’. THC when used in low to moderate doses will not result in euphoria in most patients. Additionally, CBD when used in combination with THC can help reduce the potential of excessive euphoria.

Q: How do I prevent getting high?

A: Always remember to start low and go slow. Shunyata medications are to be used as directed by your prescribing physician. Begin with a low dosage and if needed, gradually increase until efficacy is achieved.

Q: Is this medicine legal in India?

A: Yes – The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act specifically prohibits the utilization of cannabis plant flower and resin, while creating an exemption for leaves and seeds of the cannabis plant. Since these parts of the plant also contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC, the main psychoactive compounds known for their therapeutic benefits, this allows for the production of cannabis medicine products within an existing regulatory framework for medical cannabis. As cannabis is recognised as a potent plant ingredient in Ayurveda, cannabis medicine has earned ratification from India’s he Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). AYUSH regulations recognise whole plant medicinal extracts and also specify methods of extraction for manufacturing plant-based medicines, which regulated manufacturers must adhere to Short answer — yes.

Q: Are there any side effects from taking cannabis medicine?

A: Cannabis medicine does not exhibit the severe side effects of traditional narcotics, opioid analgesics, and neuromodulators. However, common side effects can include: dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, hypotension, nausea, initial tachycardia, paranoia.
Most common side effects are temporary in nature, and can be avoided by starting with a low dose and if needed, gradually increasing dosage. Please discontinue use and consult your physician if side effects persist.

Q: Can I give the Shunyata edible oils to my pets?

A: Shunyata edible oils are designed for human consumption only, and should not be given to animals. It is important to note that common household pets such as dogs can experience negative effects from very small doses of THC. Please store your medications where pets cannot reach them.

Q: How long will it take to feel the effects of Shunyata medicine?

A: Patients typically begin to feel the onset of effects within 60-90 minutes. Potentially up to 2 hours.

Q: How long will the effects last?

A: The duration of effects is typically 6-10 hours following dosage. Peak effects are commonly experienced 2-3 hours following consumption.

Q: I have finished my bottle of Shunyata medicine. Can I order more medicine now, or do I have to get another prescription first?

A: Registered patients possessing a valid prescription may purchase more medicine. However, we advise patients to book a follow-up appointment with their physician prior to the completion of their medication in order to better evaluate the need for continued treatment , and avoid any potential gaps in treatment.
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Q: Are Shunyata edible oils vegan?

A: Yes – Shunyata infused edible oil products are certified vegan.

Q: How should I store my Shunyata edible oil?

A: Store in a cool, dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight.

Q: Can cannabis medicine cause brain damage?

A: Research has proven that cannabis consumption does not result in damage to the brain.

Q: Is cannabis medicine addictive?

A: Cannabis is not considered to be physically addictive like medications such as opiates. Research has shown that the addiction potential of cannabis is less than caffeine, nicotine, opiates and alcohol. However, frequent and sustained consumption of medical cannabis can potentially result in patients developing cannabis dependency. Particularly in younger patients and others who are prone to risk-taking behaviour.

Q: Can cannabis medicine cause a fatal overdose?

A: No – There are no recorded cases of a cannabis ‘overdose’ resulting in death.

Q: What should I do if I experience side effects?

A: Remain calm. The effects of cannabis medicine will gradually fade over time, usually between 2 and 4 hours. It is important to remember that there are no recorded cases of a cannabis ‘overdose’ resulting in death.

Q: Can I drive or operate machinery while taking Shunyata edible cannabis oil?

A: Patients may potentially experience dizziness, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. This can result in impaired judgement as well as difficulty in performing skilled tasks. Until you are aware of how you will be affected by Shunyata edible oils, you should avoid activities that depend on coordination, quick decision-making and remaining alert. People who frequently/routinely need to drive or operate heavy machinery should not use cannabis medicine as they are at a higher risk of having an accident.

Q: Can I leave the country with my medication to travel?

A: No – Patients are not permitted to transport their cannabis medicine products over international borders, even when travelling to locations where these products are permitted for use.

Q: How long will it take to receive my medication once I’ve placed my order?

A: As per our Shipping Policy – Orders are processed within 2 business days of order confirmation, and orders are delivered within a maximum of 10 business days to any location within the territory of India. Please note that orders are not shipped or delivered on weekends or public holidays.
Please review our full Shipping Policy for more details.

Q: What happens if I want to return my Shunyata edible cannabis oil?

A: As per our Returns and Exchange Policy – Orders once placed, cannot be cancelled. We do not offer returns or exchanges on products which are delivered in perfect condition as per the order placed. For any incorrect product delivered to you where the delivered product does not match the item in your order confirmation, we are happy to exchange your product for a replacement. Please note that the seal of the outer carton of any incorrect item delivered has to be intact for an exchange request to be fulfilled by us. If any product delivered to you has a genuine quality/manufacturing defect, then we are happy to exchange your product for a replacement.
Please review our full Returns and Exchange Policy for more details.

Q: How do I get a prescription for Shunyata edible cannabis oil?

A: Click here to book an online doctor consultation now with the Savikalpa Virtual Clinic.

Q: What does a consultation with a physician cost on the Savikalpa Virtual Clinic?

A: Consultation Fee – INR 500

Q: Can orders be shipped to locations outside of India?

A: No – Savikalpa does not currently service international shipments or exchanges.