Many web surfers come to this website hoping to get some tips on how to buy cannabis for recreational purposes. While it is appreciated that many people already realize the relative safety of recreational 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, which are infused with two of the most well studied cannabinoids of cannabis, and hence the two most well known cannabinoids: CBD and THC.
- Cannaflam and Cannapain Capsules
Trademarked and patented by Vedi Herbals (a brand of Odisha-based HempCann Solutions), Cannaflam and Cannapain Capsules (and Oil) 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. Each capsule of Cannaflam comes in a 125 mg unit, and it contains 4% CBD and 2% THC, hence a ratio of 2:1 between CBD and THC. On the other hand, a 125 mg of Cannapain contains a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. While Cannaflam and Cannapain are their most well-known products, 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/clinic under the Vedi Wellness name.
- Cannabryl Raw Tincture
On a separate page marked ‘Lockdown Inventory’, 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.
- 13 Extracts CBD oil
While their website did not mention technical details like the source of their CBD (where has the cannabis been grown?), I couldn’t find it on their ItsHemp page as well, where they’ve been rated 4.2/5. That being said, I respect the work done by Mr. Srijan Sharma, ItsHemp’s founder, and 13 Extracts is no doubt a reliable brand if it has a page on ItsHemp. For readers, ItsHemp is probably India’s largest cannabis based marketplace, with brands using cannabis as food supplements (and infused in chocolates), infused in beverages and medicinal oils. Do check them out. ItsHemp has aggregated both domestic and international brands for us, although some notable names like Vedi Herbals are not there.
- 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)
- 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 5% Hemp Extract and 95% Hemp Seed Oil, please remember that the exact quantity or ratio of CBD and THC is not mentioned. 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.