India: Hemp- A ‘Wonder Crop’: Development And Historical Analysis


As published via the Mondaq Platform 20 December 2021 by Chitwandeep Kaur Hemp, scientifically defined as Cannabis sativa, is a plant, each part of which can be put to use: the stalk, seeds, and flowers. It is also called industrial hemp, plant of the family Cannabaceae cultivated for its bast fibre or its edible seeds1. It is an eco-friendly, organic, ecological and climate-adaptive crop. Hemp does not need any pesticides for nourishment and growth, and requires minimal quantity of water, way less than other crops like cotton. It is also high yielding per area of land than other crops. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of the drug marijuana and the drug preparation hashish. Although all three products—hemp, marijuana, and hashish—contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans, the variety of cannabis cultivated for hemp has only small amounts of THC relative to that grown for the production of marijuana or hashish2. Traditional hemp use in India dates back thousands of years, with its origins in Ayurveda- a holistic medical system that focuses on promoting good health and preventing illness through healthy lifestyle practices and herbal remedies. Ayurveda originated nearly 3000 years ago and it elaborately characterizes different parts of the hemp plant for a variety of curative purposes. In fact, the Vedas, estimated to be at least 3400 years old, refer to it as one of the five most sacred plants. Conventionally, hemp in India was used for preparing natural medicines, nutritional foods and also fibre to make textiles. But then again the ride of hemp in India has been a tough one. After more than an era of snowballing regulations and even criminalization, we are finally beginning to see a new dawn for hemp in India. In India, hemp is governed under…

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