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- Cannabis is commonly known as marijuana and is a psychoactive drug
- Cannabis can be used for both recreational and medicinal purposes
- Due to its psychoactive effects, the use of cannabis is not legal in various parts of the world
New Delhi: Since time immemorial, cannabis has been being used in parts of the world, including India. Common terms for some preparations of cannabis such as charas, bhang, and ganja are being thrown around for quite some time now. Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD is gaining prominence due to its effectiveness in treating various health-related issues. When healthcare experts talk about medical marijuana, cannabidiol is one of the components they often refer to. It is derived from the marijuana or hemp plant. However, its production, use, and benefits are under scepticism mainly due to its association with cannabis, commonly known as marijuana.
Cannabidiol oil – Use and health benefits
Cannabidiol or CBD is used in form of oil. Methods of its utilisation and consumption include mixing of the oil into drink or food, preparing a past and massaging with it, consuming it in droplets or in form of capsules.
Some health benefits said to be associated with the use of cannabidiol oil are as follows:
- It is claimed that it can help get rid of acne.
- It is used by experts in treating general anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
- It is claimed that it can enhance the effect of chemotherapy, reduce its side effects, prevent the growth of cancer cells, and help fight cancer.
- Some claim that it can be useful in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties and is said to help with joint pain, migraine, headaches, and chronic pain.
Cannabidiol oil – The risks involved
The dosage of the oil depends highly on the reason, concentration of the compound, and body weight. Just like any other medicinal compound, cannabidiol oil must not be consumed without the valid prescription and supervision of a qualified healthcare expert as it may not be safe and effective for everyone. Some likely ill-effects due to its consumption include:
- Altered mood and behaviour
- Fertility issues in men
- Liver damage
- Drug and alcohol interaction
- Gastrointestinal issues
Cannabis in India
Activists across the world, including India, are fighting for the legalization of cannabis. We have already witnessed the legalisation of cannabis for medical reasons in Indian states, namely Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand. As of 23 March 2021, Himachal Pradesh is also looking at legalizing its cultivation for industrial and medicinal use.
Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, during his 2021-22 Budget speech delivery at the State Assembly said, “The cannabis produced in the state is of high quality and there is potential to undertake its controlled cultivation. Under the NDPS Act, 1985, there are provisions for the cultivation, production, maintenance and transportation of cannabis.” Apart from being utilised for healthcare and industrial purposes, cannabis cultivation is also said to seemingly generate job opportunities for people and help boost the economy.
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