Vijaya in Ayurveda and Cannabis or specifically called Cannabis Sativa Linn has been a part of the Indian Ayurvedic system of traditional medicine for centuries. However with time CBD, one of the several compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant has gotten a bad rap and misguided perceptions have added a social stigma attached to its consumption. Due to the fallacious claims, many people have been left wondering whether consumption of CBD oil is safe to consume or not. It should be noted that no law in India prohibits full-spectrum cannabis leaf oil and licensed sale of cannabinoids is permitted in India once it is approved by CDSCO under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and NDPS act.  Before understanding the legalities related to the usage of CBD oil, let’s first briefly understand what CBD oil is.

So, tell me what CBD oil is?

CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. There are several chemical compounds present in the plant and out of which two of them have got everyone’s attention. One is CBD (cannabidiol) and another one is called THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). Although these active substances have several health benefits if administered under a physician but as much as their health benefits are getting positive coverage, myths related to the plant, can cause “high” and recent Bollywood controversy around this are making people confused about whether to go ahead with CBD oil or wait for more researches and studies to unfold.  Prospective buyers first understand that the “high” caused by the consumption of cannabis is due to THC. CBD on the other hand doesn’t cause a high or any form of intoxication. 

Is CBD oil legal in India?

The NDPS Act (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Act, 1985) outlaws the recreational use of cannabis. In layman's terms, the act doesn’t apply to the leaves and seeds of cannabis plants then technically it is not illegal to consume CBD oil. Moreover, the CBD oil is manufactured under a license issued by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 can be legally used by individuals for medical purposes in India. It is important to note here that CBD oil in India contains permissible amounts of cannabinoid THCs that are legal and allowed in most countries all across the world. The reason CBD oil that is derived from Marijuana is not legal is that it contains THCs well beyond the permissible limits. As per the standards set by the FDA, CBD oil cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. Due to the THC level within the permissible limit, CBD oil sourced from Hemp has acquired its legal status in most parts of the globe.

Bhang has an intoxicating effect then why is it legal to sell?

To understand this, you need to know that the NDPS act doesn’t apply to the leaves and seeds of the cannabis plant. It is the flowering top of the plant which is the most intoxicating part and bhang is made of cannabis plant leaf and that is the reason why it is sold freely in most states in India.

CBD oil or Cannabis oil is one of the same things. Is it true?

No, it isn’t. It is very easy to confuse CBD oil with hash/cannabis oil but these two are different products both in terms of legal treatment and pharmacology. Hash oil or cannabis is 100% narcotic and is subject to strict monitoring in India so much so that its consumption may result in imprisonment. Whereas the consumption of CBD oil is legal in India and you won’t get jailed if you purchase it from a credible buyer. 

Can I expect positive health benefits with Hempstrol CBD oil?

Yes, absolutely. CBD oil works as a natural pain relief therapy. When you apply CBD oil to the affected area or consume it, it then activates the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for pain sensation. CBD oil interacts with the cell receptors in the skin, muscles, and nerves which helps in reducing pain. Studies have been done worldwide where it is noticed that Cannabidiol has effects on the brain that can prevent the breakdown of a chemical that is responsible for aggravating the pain. Result? Reduced pain, better mood, improved mental function, and low anxiety. In some cases, it can even reduce the psychotic symptoms associated with conditions such as epilepsy and Schizophrenia. 

Is it also safe to use CBD for pets?

Yes. If your pets are suffering from any physical ailment, giving them CBD oil can help them relieve various kinds of pain. Most people have a common misconception that applying and consuming oil will make our pets and dogs high. If you give your pups Hempstrol Pet CBD oil which has permissible limits of THC, it won’t make them feel high, rather they will be able to take advantage of pain-relieving properties.  

If you are looking to purchase quality CBD oil in India, then make sure you purchase it from Hempstrol India as it gives you assured quality. State governments in India don’t issue a license to cultivate and grow cannabis. This discourages manufacturers from making cannabis-based medicines. Hempstrol sources its CBD from Colorado farms. Hempstrol’s signature CBD oil is derived by using the CO2 extraction technique.

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