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Cannabis in India

Overview of the use and culture of cannabis in India / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Cannabis in India has been known to be used at least as early as 2000 BCE.[1] In Indian society, common terms for cannabis preparations include charas (resin), ganja (flower), and bhang (seeds and leaves), with Indian drinks such as bhang lassi and bhang thandai made from bhang being one of the most common legal uses.

A man smoking cannabis in Kolkata, India.

As of 2000, per the UNODC the "prevalence of usage" of cannabis in India was 3.2%.[2] A 2019 study conducted by the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences reported that about 7.2 million Indians had consumed cannabis within the past year.[3] The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment's "Magnitude of Substance Use in India 2019" survey found that 2.83% of Indians aged 10–75 years (or 31 million people) were current users of cannabis products. According to the UNODC's World Drug report 2016, the retail price of cannabis in India was US$0.10 per gram, the lowest of any country in the world.[4] A study by the German data firm ABCD found that New Delhi and Mumbai were the third and sixth largest cannabis consuming cities in the world in 2018, consuming 38.2 tonnes and 32.4 tonnes of cannabis respectively .[5]