Centre to Allow Scientific Research on Cannabis

New Delhi: The Indian government will allow cannabis research for the first time, with the narcotics department sanctioning a research and development project to examine substances found in the plant.

The Vedas speak about cannabis as a sacred plant, but it was banned due to drug abuse. Apart from prohibiting cultivation, sale and possession of the drug, India had also decided not to tap into its potential medical benefits.

Now, the narcotics department within the Union finance ministry has sanctioned a research and development project on compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis, commonly known as ganja. While the former is used in gels, oils and has medicinal use, the latter is responsible for the psychoactive effect.

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Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation proposed recategorising cannabis in international law due to

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