Patanjali is India’s leading Ayurveda company and is led by Yoga-guru Baba Ramdev. Patanjali is known for making ayurvedic medicines and for sticking to its ancient Indian roots. Its chief executive Acharya Balkrishna in an interview with Quartz has said that marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes and it should be legalised. “In Ayurveda, since ancient times, parts of cannabis (hemp), for instance, have been used for medicinal purposes. So, we are looking at various formulations. We should ponder over the benefits and positive uses of the cannabis plant,” he said in the interview.
The report added, that a team of 200 scientists are trying to find the medicinal value of various indigenous Indian plants and marijuana is one of them.
Balakrishna talked about the benefits of cannabis and how the westerners are using it and said,”In western markets, parts of the cannabis plants are being used for fibre for cloth or some kinds of oils. Similarly, we are doing some research to see that the harmful or intoxicating properties (of cannabis) are removed and then it is used.” However, one needs to keep in mind that cannabis is illegal in India.
Back in 2015, in a research conducted by University Hospitals Bristol claimed that there is evidence little supporting the benefits of medical marijuana, as per a report by Time magazine. Researchers said that the studies have brought to light marijuana’s ability to relieve a range of symptoms including nausea from chemotherapy, loss of appetite among HIV positive patients, multiple sclerosis spasms, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, psychosis and Tourette syndrome.
While some studies showed improvement in health among the participants, many revealed that the scientists could not be sure that the effect wasn’t simply due to chance since the association was not statistically significant.