Sri Lankan Ayurveda

Dominik Wujastyk d.wujastyk at UCL.AC.UK
Mon Aug 17 22:56:53 UTC 2009

No, I'm afraid I haven't heard of Modana modaka.  Wouldn't that just be a 
sweet?  What is the evidence for it being cannabis or an opiate?  (Very 
different substances?) Are the effects described, especially heightened 
appetite?  Is the plant described?  Are the distinct male and female 
plants of cannabis distinguished (as in the Anandakanda, for instance).

Dr Dominik Wujastyk
International Institute of Asian Studies

long term email address: wujastyk at

On Sun, 16 Aug 2009, Osto, Douglas wrote:

> Thank you and others for your references to Sri Lankan Ayurveda. In 
> reference to your above mentioned article, I have come across a herbal 
> medicine mentioned in Sri Lankan Ayurveda called "Modana Modaka". Have 
> you heard of this? I suspected that it might be either cannabis or some 
> opiate.
> d.o.
> Dr. Douglas Osto
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