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What is ashwagandha and how can it be used with cannabis?

Ashwagandha is said to promote healthy cognitive function and support healthy nervous system function.

It is classified as an adaptogen, which means it can help your body manage stress. Photo by / Photo: weisschr / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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    Plants have been relied upon as medicine since the beginning of time. Plant medicines like ayahuasca, psilocybin, cannabis and ibogaine have shown promise in treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), opiate addiction, nicotine addiction, alcoholism, anxiety and depression.

    Another medicinal plant is getting a lot of attention lately: ashwagandha.

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    Ashwagandha history, benefits and forms

    Classified as an adaptogen (it can help your body manage stress), ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb. It’s an herb known throughout the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine as a Rasayana (tonic). The plant’s home originated in India, the Middle East, northern Africa and is now in the United States, where it thrives in mild climates like Oregon.

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    Ashwagandha is a winter cherry, a part of Solanaceae nightshade family — the same family as the tomato. Considered a neuro-supportive and nootropic herb, ashwagandha is said to promote healthy cognitive function and support healthy nervous system function. Reported benefits of the plant include reducing blood sugar levels, decreasing cortisol levels, helping reduce anxiety, possibly helping to treat depression, boosting testosterone and fertility in men, helping increase muscle mass, possibly helping to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and improving brain function and memory.

    Regarding depression, this is what the National Center for Biotechnology Information found from a 60-day study: 64 stressed adults, who took 600 mg of high-concentration ashwagandha extract per day, reported a 79 per cent reduction in severe depression, while the placebo group reported a 10 per cent increase.
    While ashwagandha forms and consumption methods vary, it can be consumed by liquid tincture, capsules, tea and powder.

    The benefits of combining hemp CBD and ashwagandha are said to enhance the therapeutic potency of both plant-derived extracts. / Photo: Getty Images Photo by / Photo: Getty Images

    Ashwagandha and cannabis combined

    The benefits of combining hemp CBD and ashwagandha are said to enhance the therapeutic potency of both plant-derived extracts. Combined, the thought is they make each other more effective than when taken individually.

    It is said that ashwagandha can ground an intense THC high. And because it’s an adaptogen, it is reported to help with anxiety by having an impact on adrenals, which manage physical response to stress and, therefore, grounding the intensity.

    Ashwagandha is said to promote healthy cognitive function and support healthy nervous system function.