Toyota Motors, Indian THC and Aspirin

The Kush

Hi! Welcome to the 4th edition of The Kush, our newsletter written and published specifically for Mondays and Tuesdays. We do not see much fervor with the names of the days, because as far as we are concerned, all the days are the same. It’s the same earth, executing its 24-hour rotation along its own axis, while revolving around the bigger sun. Of course, while humans created names and norms, we feel in the current climate, the names of the days are just psychological and do not hold the basis for work-life balance anymore.  

The Five Whys

Why do you procrastinate and delay things? I just don’t feel like doing anything.

Why don’t you feel like doing anything? I am under-paid at work. I need more money.

Why do you think you’re under-paid? My friends make more money than me.

Why do your friends make more money than you? I guess it’s because they have better skills.

Why do they have better skills? They put in the time for it.

What now? I better do something.  

If we’re very brutally honest with ourselves, about our thoughts, feelings and emotions we can easily debug a lot of our faulty mental loops which may serve to hold us down again and again and again, day to day, month by month and eventually, years and decades down the line. Do we want to go that way, rather than reprogramming our mind constantly every day? It is difficult to do, and we’ll not pretend it is easy. There are all sorts of distractions out there calling us, enticing us to spend time with them, the least of them being the internet and all of its visual delights. We’ve our apps churning out notifications by the hour, all apparently in a bid to improve and organize our own lives.

But, organize our lives based on what?  

Should we still follow a template, encompassing education loans and courses, and then try to pay them back via jobs? Or should we think of another template to live by? No matter how privileged or not, we are, no matter what our socio-economic statuses are, what are we supposed to do with our lives? We’ve had dreams where we fronted music bands, been athletes, CEO’s, founders, inventors and scenes where we’re imagining all sorts of social validation. What happened to all those scenes?

Let’s keep blazing.

And, the 5 Whys method explained very simply above, was propagated by Mr. Sakichi Toyoda, his company eventually going on to become today’s Toyota.

Sorry West. Indian THC>0.3%.

No one knows why THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) makes government regulators and officials all over the world feel uncomfortable. So much has this figure, 0.3% of THC been spoken about, that by now, for us, it is irritating. Below are the five steps we think that Indian officials should take in order to realize the full benefits of cannabis for India’s medicinal and consumer markets:

  • Let licensed small/medium/big companies with the right human resources, research expertise and the funds grow cannabis plants in India, containing percentages of its compounds (THC, CBD and all the other 150+ cannabinoids) in whatever way they want to
  • The limits should not be imposed on the plant, but rather on each product. Each medical patient is different, and hence each patient requires varying levels of THC/CBD/other cannabinoids and plants
  • Each state will likely produce its own variety of cannabis which will likely have its own set of medical application (different cannabis strains for different patients and diseases)
  • Consumer products can work on the same principle, with the Food regulator limiting the amount of cannabinoids in each product
  • Establish the export-based market because Indian cannabis is already well-known across the world

One of our favourite cannabis blogs from India, Himalayan Hemp, sums it up best:

“In conclusion, we would like to say that Cannabis is highly adaptable to various climatic conditions and India is always a favored destination when comes to growing cannabis plant. Cannabis needs fertile soil and long hours of sunlight but apart from suitable soil and climate, India already has a branding moat. If the government goes the road of legalizing hemp cultivation with 0.3% THC policy, it will inevitably become useless because of the climatic condition that prevails here. Indian weather is so rich that cannabis with at least 1% THC will grow. So, it is impossible for India to grow cannabis with less THC content”

When we already tolerate several substances which are more addictive and harmful than THC, alcohol, tobacco and over the counter medications for example, why are we so afraid of THC? The propaganda and stigma indeed runs deep.

For the sake of Indian cannabis, let us not ape the west.


Aspirin is one of the most commonly used pain-relievers in the modern world.

Pain is very common and everyone has some pain, mental or physical. Human beings are not perfect biological machines, we’re just about good enough, and have used our capabilities for reason and social-co-operation to climb the food chain rapidly to reach its top and virtually dominate all the other species, domesticating them and sometimes killing them to satisfy our needs and desires for goods produced by capitalism and free markets. The free market system also gave us Aspirin and other pain medications based on the poppy plant, like Morphine and other opioids.

However, Cannabis is nature’s most potent pain reliever.

Our ancestors knew it. Our doctors knew it. And indeed, many millions use cannabis today in different forms for their respective pain issues. The only thing remaining is for its successful development into a commercial product that can adhere to maximum quality standards, and in due course, cannabis can become as common as an over the counter product.

The full study is here.

Keep Blazing. Have a great day 🙂

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