Cannabis and its legalisation have been one of the most discussed subjects in India. Right from its presence in the Vedic texts and its usage while worshipping Lord Shiva to now being medically used,  cannabis has been a part of India’s history. However, many people have questions regarding CBD oil like, if it is legal in India? Can one purchase it for recreational purposes and what is Cannabidiol in the first place? Well, topics like the availability, cultivation, legality, purchase and sale of cannabidiol have always been surrounded with confusion.  Let us discuss the legality of CBD oil in India in regards to both recreational and medical purposes.

What Is CBD?

CBD oil is non-intoxicating (doesn’t cause euphoric feelings) Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from cannabis, a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Each country and state has different laws and regulation when it comes to the sale, purchase or cultivation of cannabis and CBD oil. However, what needs to be kept in mind is that it is important for the CBD to contain less than 0.3% THC to be legal. CBD has shown promising potential to have theraputic benifits for Pain, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s, inflammation & acne.

Is CBD Oil Legal in India?

As of 2019, low-THC CBD oil derived from hemp is legal in India and also the CBD oil for medicinal and recreational use. However, these products need to be made from industrial hemp because cannabis-derived CBD is only be legal for medicinal use.

Can You Buy CBD Oil Online/Offline In India?

Yes, it’s legal to buy CBD oil India online with some exceptions. You can legally buy CBD oil in India made with hemp. It is widely available to purchase and use. It is also completely legal to buy CBD oil India offline, from one of the local shops that are licensed.

CBD capsules- Are They Legal in India?

Hemp-derived CBD capsules are legal in India and they designed to be taken orally. Since they are convinient to use and easy to pop, one can consume CBD  in measured doses while track of your serving size.

Is it Legal to Grow Hemp in India?

According to the laws in India, you can grow industrial hemp BUT you must possess permits to show that you're a licensed hemp farmer.


Legal in India: Low-THC CBD oil made from hemp can be purchased and used in India while Bhang, a drink made from cannabis, is legal to consume in India with regional restrictions.

Not Legal in India: Recreational cannabis use is illegal in India.

Uttarakhand became the first in the country to allow the commercial cultivation of hemp in In 2015. India’s strict cannabis laws. However, the FDA and the AYUSH Ministry do not approve of any CBD products. CBD oil is the most common form of using CBD for its therapeutic benefits. It comes from the stalks, flowers, and buds of the hemp plant. CBD Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, Hemp CBD Oil, and Hemp Oil are some of the common phrases you will encounter when you buy CBD oil. Types of CBD oils are: Full-spectrum CBD oil, CBD isolate, Broad-spectrum CBD oil

(This article is written for informative purpose only and shouldn’t be substituted for professional advice. Laws related to the subject discussed in the article may vary according to region.)  

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