What is CBD oil?
CBD or Cannabidiol oil is primarily an extract from cannabis leaves. It accounts for over 40% of cannabis extracts and products. Various clinical research on CBD or cannabidiol has shown that it positively impacts cognition, anxiety, pain, and joint movements. Moreover, CBD does not have psychoactive properties. Instead, it gives you a more therapeutic relief for a relaxed state of mind.
How did CANNABIS & CBD recently come into popularity?
Recently the U.S Farm bill, 2018, legalised cannabis plants for medical and recreational purposes in different North American states. It has encouraged global discussions about the legalisation of cannabis for medicine and recreational purpose in other countries like India and Europe.
If we talk mainly about India, cannabis as a medicine and recreational herb has been known since ancient times. The cannabis plant is considered one of Vedas’ five most essential plants, encapsulating its health benefits. Despite its immense popularity and rich cultural history, the use of cannabis flowers (MARIJUANA) remains illegal in India. However, the use of leaves, seed stock, and stems is prohibited and regulated by government authorities.
What is the current legal status of Cannabis & CBD in India?
The general public perception of cannabis is changing in India. People are searching about CBD oil effects and benefits; genuine products containing cannabis extracts are flooding markets. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) never outlawed the use of cannabis extracts from leaves for medicinal purposes. In fact, the NDPS Act,1985 empowers the state governments to issue licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial usages. In the year in 2015, the state of Uttarakhand became the first Indian state to allow the cultivation of hemp or Cannabis Sativa.
Many companies are coming up online from where you can buy cannabis extracts and their products in India for medical and therapeutic purposes. Besides, NDPS Act, 1985 does not apply to the leaves and seeds of the cannabis plant when plucked or separated from the fruiting top of the plant. Cannabis oil, which is sold within India, are extracted from cannabis leaves, making it completely legal.