India

Wed
16
Sep

India, Pakistan among key illicit drug producing nations: Obama

In a notification to the Congress, Obama determined that Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), and Venezuela "failed demonstrably" during the last twelve months to make sufficient or meaningful efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counter narcotic agreements.

Wed
16
Sep

India Needs a New Discourse and Debate on Cannabis

It’s High Time India had the Weed Talk

  • India’s approach to marijuana or cannabis is characterised by ignorance and insularity
  • There’s no concern for cancer patients’ need for medical marijuana
  • India should do well to learn from The Netherlands
 

Blinkered policies, a stringent law, and doctors’ resistance impose a terribly painful suffering on many.

Tue
15
Sep

Cannabis 101: India’s History With Saying #YesToWeed

The medical use of hemp has been described in Ayurvedic texts and even associated with Lord Shiva.

In 1961, United Nations’ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs banned all drugs, clubbing cannabis products like ganja and charas with hard drugs giving India 25 years to phase them out. It’s been 30 years since marijuana was criminalised in India. We, at The Quint, want it decriminalised.

Even today, drinking bhaang, especially during Holi, carries no stigma. Isn’t it time we celebrated and revived that culture?

Tue
15
Sep

How the seeds of weed were sown

Traders from Tamil Nadu and Kerala lured the tribals of Vizag into ganja cultivation with clever devices like farm technology, leases, advance purchases, etc

Sun
13
Sep

Holy Smokes! Delhi Police Nabbed Record-High Weed Haul This Year

The national capital continues to witness rampant marijuana trade with 122 per cent increase in the recovery of the drug this year compared to the average of the past three years.

Around 3,350 kg of marijuana has been recovered till August 31, making it the highest recovery for any year in the books of Delhi Police. In 2014, around 1,780 Kg of marijuana was recovered in the entire year.

The police, however, claimed the steep increase in seizure reflects sincere efforts on their part and not that the city has a flourishing cannabis market. "We have a dedicated team for tracking narcotics traffickers. The high recovery rate reflects ceaseless and sincere efforts by the team," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

Fri
04
Sep

5 Countries Where Marijuana is Cheapest and Most Expensive

If you are in the international market for marijuana, your legal options are limited. Though the cultivation of pot is widespread across the world, its legal status has only just begun to shift, with some countries choosing to decriminalize the substance and others loosening up enforcement regulations for users and growers.

The plant can grow just about anywhere, making it generally accessible to the global population, and, subsequently, one of the most commonly used illicit substances everywhere from the Americas to Europe. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are more than 177 million cannabis users globally.

Fri
04
Sep

Science Finally Explains How Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells And It's Pretty Amazing

Only recently we had published an article explaining how scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) have found cannabis to be a potential killer of cancer cells. You can read the article here

On that note, we're going to talk about a scientific explanation that supports the NIH claim: "cannabis and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies."

Tue
18
Aug

5 myths about marijuana

Let’s break down some myths about marijuana:

Myth 1: Marijuana use is harmless.

Today’s marijuana is far more potent than the plant of the past.

New strains are being crossbred to produce higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol — the chemical responsible for marijuana’s effects — than ever before, with some reaching 20 to 30 percent THC (as compared with the average 1 percent THC in the 1970s).

We don’t yet know the full extent to which increased levels of THC will affect the brain and the body. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse cautions that it could lead to higher rates of addiction and adverse health consequences.

Mon
17
Aug

Last Week, 100 Indian Doctors Met To Discuss Why Marijuana is Good Pain Medicine

Indian doctors met for the "Seminar on Chronic Pain”, organised by AIIMS-Bhubaneswar and Medicinal Cannabis Foundation of India (MCFI) this month to discuss how chronic and cancer pain can be controlled using marijuana.

India's relationship with marijuana

Most importantly, the event focused on marijuana's pain relieving properties, and saw notable speakers, including Indian-American physician-scientist Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D., who spoke on Cannabinoid Integrative Medicine.  He spoke on how India has since long understand  the medical properties of Cannabis, making it a part of Ayurveda. “Cannabis Sativa”, has also been formally introduced into India's digital library to protect it international biopiracy.

Thu
13
Aug

Ganja haul in Kochi

Over 32 kilograms of ganja worth nearly Rs three lakh, brought to Kochi by train ahead of the festive season were seized in two separate incidents.

In the first incident, the police seized a total of 10.25 kilo ganja from the Edapally railway station premises on Tuesday night. Idukki native Manoj Thomas (43) and Jijo John (28), from Kottayam, were arrested.

The duo, acting as local distributors of the contraband, was trapped by cops outside the railway station following a tip-off. The substance was carried in a sack after being packed in polythene bags.

The accused confessed that they used to buy ganja in bulk from places like Murshidabad and Visakhapatnam. There are pending drug cases against the accused in Ernakulam, Kottayam and Idukki police stations.

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