The cannabis in India
The archaic Vedaic religion venerated the plant denominating it "life and happiness source"; the later brahmanic traditions consider that its use makes agile the mind, grants health and grants value, as well as potential sexual.
From century XV a. C. is celebrated and known the hemp in diverse preparations. Old sánscritas sources speak of pills of the happiness, a compound from hemp and sugar.
The hemp, denominated charas or bhang, has such importance that in some zones of India is used like interchange means, with the same functions that the currency.
The cannabis was used of three different forms: with water (poust), with alcohol (loutki) and opium (mourra).
The most complete information on the hemp in India is in a conducted official report between years 1893-94 ("Indian Hemp Drugs Comission Report") is the Report of the Subdivision of the Narcotic Commission dedicated to the study of the Hemp I indicate, where the studied subjects were consuming of bhang.
The plant is called vijonia (source of happiness and victory). Prohibition is mentioned in the first prohibitions and mainly in the quarter or Atharva. Their liquid preparations are the favorite drink of Indra, the God soldier who represents the Aryan invaders.
According to the Vedaic traditions the hemp appeared when drops of ambrosia fell of the sky (amrta). For the orthodox brahmanic tradition its use makes agile the mind, grants health and releases life, grants harnessed delight, value and sexual desires.
It is taken to alleviate the fever, insomnia, disentería, leprosy, dandruff, jaquecas, tosferina, oftalmia (and other evils in the eyes). In sánscrito it is denominated heals (kana in Greek) and bhang ("to transform the sensorial routine").
The God Shiva brought the cannabis from the Himalayas so that the men had happiness and knowledge. Sardu priests traveled through India and of the entire world sharing pipes to smoke cannabis floods (chilum).
With the diffusion of the buddhism he saw himself like an aid for the transcendental meditation. The cannabis has been used for the religious rituals. The cannabis is considered as sagrada of the plants.
Many traditions, written and Buddhist beliefs indicate that he himself Siddhartha, Buddha, before announcing the four noble truths, was during six years using and eating solely hemp and its seeds.
Some Buddhist tibetanos and you lick them consider to the cannabis as the sagrada plant more.