Many web surfers come to this website hoping to get some tips on how to buy cannabis for recreational purposes. I must take a moment here and make sure you understand what is permitted in the NDPS Act and what is not. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropics Act says that using the flower and resin of the cannabis plant for recreational uses is not permitted. The Act allows using the same for medicinal and research purposes. That’s how Indian companies are in the market to serve patients for medicinal cannabis – for both acute and chronic illnesses. There’s science behind medicinal cannabis. Let’s not forget that.
Secondly, while it is appreciated that many people already realize the relative safety of cannabis with respect to alcohol, tobacco and other substances of a narcotic nature like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, it is prudent to help people understand why cannabis is relatively safer in the first place. Without seeking to complicate matters by delving into a discussion of a technical nature involving biology, evolutionary history and botany, the fundamental principle behind the symbiotic relationship between cannabis and human beings, pertains to biochemical compounds called cannabinoids, produced by the human body to regulate bodily functions and systems from a well-being point of view, while also being produced by the cannabis plant. For more details, interested readers can read this.
To summarize, ask yourself this: what’re the odds that biochemically similar compounds are present in both the human body and the cannabis plant? This property lends cannabis both medicinal and recreational value. We will not touch upon all the other practical applications of the cannabis plant in this post. Interested readers can do so here. Without further ado, let’s come back to the main objective of this post, which is to delve into details of cannabis based products sold in India for medicinal purposes, which are infused with two of the most well studied cannabinoids of cannabis (there are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant – CBD and THC are two), and hence the two most well known cannabinoids: CBD and THC.
- Cannaflam, Cannapain and Cannaron capsules and oils
Trademarked and patented by Vedi Herbals (a brand of Odisha-based HempCann Solutions), Cannaflam, Cannapain and Cannaron capsules and oils are currently being prescribed by many doctors based in India for patients going through pain, digestive, skin, inflammation and cardiovascular issues, in addition to strengthening immunity. While Cannaflam and Cannapain are their most well-known medicines, Vedi Herbals manufactures a total of 7 medical cannabis products.
The company also caused quite a stir in early February, 2020 after it inaugurated its wellness store in Bengaluru as India’s first medical cannabis store under the Vedi Wellness name.
- Cannabryl Raw Tincture
cbdstore.in hosts a decent range of products to choose from. While most of the products do not contain customer reviews, our eyes fell on this one specifically because it looked ideal for normally healthy people, yet coping with issues like sleep and stress in their daily lives. Cannabryl is marketed by Indogenix Biosciences and a team of doctors prescribe Cannabryl for patients suffering from multiple acute and chronic illnesses, a model similar to Vedi Herbals. In addition to CBD Store, Cannabryl can also be found at cannameds.in.
- 13 Extracts CBD oil
As per 13 Extracts, their products contain 0% THC. They also say that “their statements have not been validated by India’s AYUSH ministry”; and hence therefore users should be a little careful before buying this product and do their homework properly and preferably speak to a doctor who prescribes medical cannabis products in India. Their strongest – 3000 mgs of Raw Organic CBD in oil form is available here.
- Endoca Raw CBD Oil
Endoca’s products are imported and do not contain THC. The ingredients for this particular product hyperlinked above are: Hemp seed oil (50%), Omega 3 (0.75g), Omega 6 (2.5g), Vitamin E (5mg) phytocannabinoids cannabidiol and cannabidiolic acid 15% (CBDa+CBD 1500mg), low concentrations of the natural forms of (CBC, CBG, CBN), Terpenes (Myrcene, Limonene, Alpha & Beta-pinene, Linalool, B-caryophyllene, Caryophyllene oxide, Terpinolene, and Humulene) and other natural molecules (Cannabis plant waxes, alkanes, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, ketones, flavonoids, glycosides, vitamins and pigments). Please buy this only for wellness purposes, and maybe add it in your tea or salad or any other food or beverage.
- CannaReleaf Oil
Trademarked by Mumbai-based Bombay Hemp Company, it is “intended to mitigate neuropathic pain, inflammation, nausea and senile insomnia as well as improve mood and appetite. The full-spectrum of cannabinoids in cannabis leaf-based medication provides you with a natural treatment for symptomatic relief”, as per the company’s website. Composed of 15% (5,625 mg) Cannabis Leaf (Vijaya) Extract; 15% Peppermint Oil and 70% Hemp Seed Oil , please note that the exact quantity or ratio of CBD and THC is not mentioned. Indian companies do not disclose the amount of CBD and THC in their medicines because as per Ayurvedic principles, a full spectrum oil consisting of 100+ cannabinoids (the exact formula of the cannabinoids is a company secret) taken from the natural plant is what’s needed. However, make no mistake, both CBD and THC are definitely there since the product is primarily marketed for pain relief, and in order to do so, THC is absolutely vital.
India stands today, at the crux of many problems and issues. It is necessary to note the amount of market share cannabis based products have the potential to grab, from their counterparts in similar markets. Imagine Cannabis based protein powder substituting for imported protein powders containing Whey powder (sourced from the by-product of manufacturing cheese). Imagine cannabis oils disrupting the pain relief market and so on.
Its a good time to live.