Exploring the Versatile Applications of Cannabis Beyond Holi and Bhang         

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March 27, 2024

Exploring the Versatile Applications of Cannabis Beyond Holi and Bhang         


  • Cannabis, commonly associated with festivities like Holi where bhang takes center stage, holds multifaceted significance in India. Beyond its cultural and recreational use, cannabis offers a spectrum of practical applications, ranging from medicinal properties to industrial utility.

Understanding Cannabis Extraction:

  • Derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, bhang is meticulously extracted from its seeds and leaves, subsequently powdered, filtered, and blended with cold, flavored milk or thandai, predominantly savored during the festival of Holi.

Diverse Utilizations of Cannabis:

  • Industrial Manufacturing: Cannabis serves as a pivotal resource in various industries. Hemp-seed oil, for instance, finds application in varnish production and soft soap manufacturing, acting as a substitute for linseed oil.
  • Medicinal Endeavors: Recognized for its therapeutic potential, cannabis features prominently in traditional remedies. Its ash, applied topically, aids in treating haematoma, particularly observed in the Kumaun Hills region of Uttarakhand.
  • Industrial Fibre Production: Cultivated in regions like Chhota/Bada Bhangal of Kangra and the Karsog area of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, cannabis yields robust fibres, superior to jute, ideal for rope-making after meticulous harvesting and processing.
  • Agricultural Advancements: Cannabis contributes significantly to agricultural practices. In temperate areas like Jammu and Kashmir, its application in treating paddy seeds enhances germination rates, offering a cost-effective and straightforward technique.
  • Pesticidal Properties: Farmers in regions like the Solki area of Rajouri district, Jammu and Kashmir, employ cannabis plants as a natural pesticide to combat threadworm infestations in paddy nurseries, showcasing its eco-friendly pest control potential.
  • Livestock Management: Cannabis emerges as a remedy for livestock ailments, such as shivering in cattle, with traditional practices observed in regions like Theong tehsil of Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Relief from Insect Stings: Communities like the Amathrad village of Kangra utilize cannabis leaves to alleviate discomfort caused by insect stings, employing a simple yet effective paste application method.


  • Beyond its association with cultural festivities, cannabis stands as a testament to India’s rich heritage of indigenous knowledge and sustainable practices. From its medicinal virtues to its industrial versatility, cannabis continues to play a pivotal role in various aspects of Indian life, showcasing its enduring relevance and multifaceted applications.

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