Naturally produced cannabis in Himachal Pradesh had best medicinal properties in the world as this cannabis had won five Cannabis Oscars in a row. This had raised demand for legalizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal use the Himachal Pradesh. Pertinently, some MLA’s of congress party had stressed the government to explore the possibility to cultivate the cannabis and its medicinal use. Experts were of the opinion that the medicine made from Himachali cannabis provide relief to cancer patients. They said that if medicine prepared with the use of cannabis in the state it could be available at much low price as compared to that is imported from European and American continents.
Notably, the number of cancer patients is in millions in the country and the state was no exception. According to government statistics, there werer total of 7,919 cancer patients in the state and district Mandi had maximum 2,337 cancer Patients, 613 in Chamba, 1182 in Hamirpur, 201 in Kangra, 484 in Kullu, 377 in Solan, 624 in Una. Yet thousands of cancer patients were treated in neighbouring state including PGI Chandigarh.
According to the report of Indian Council of Medical Research, the number of cancer affected men in the country was 6.8 Lac and the number of women was 7. 1 Lac. The number of men and women cancer patients in the country would be over 15 lac by 2025 as expected by ICMR, which was alarming.
This was apprehended that Cannabis cultivation would be under strict government surveillance and this would also help in restricting illegal trafficking of cannabis.
Another aspect of medicinal cannabis production would be increase in the revenue and economy of the state. If the a policy comes into effect the state could enter into booming medicine industry of $375 million. The minor share of this industry could fetch sufficient funds to make the state self reliant.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that the government rounds of discussions with stakeholders including departments health and family welfare, excise, industries and Law. The government was strictly against illegal production, use and smuggling of cannabis, he added.
What are Cannabinoids ?
Cannabinoids – The active chemicals in cannabis are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.
Research had suggested that cannabinoids might:
• Reduce anxiety
• Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
• Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
• Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
• Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis
• Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS