Wild cannabis in Almora

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Hi all, I last went to Almora in 1997 and there was wild cannabis growing everywhere. Can anyone confirm that it still grows (like weeds!) there?
I'm not interested in smoking it anymore, but would love to have a good supply to juice. Been reading about the medicinal effects of cannabis juice and it sounds amazing.
I'm a seasoned India traveler and understand that even picking the stuff under the eyes of the law is not a good idea, so no warning tips please!
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I was in Almora in '97, what month were you there? It grows all over the Himalaya's like a weed.
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I stayed at Tranquility for a month or so April, May time. That was a magical place. I've never seen cannabis growing so thickly and prolifically as in Almora, anywhere else in India. Have you been back recently?
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Originally Posted by SyriusB View Post I stayed at Tranquility for a month or so April, May time. That was a magical place. I've never seen cannabis growing so thickly and prolifically as in Almora, anywhere else in India. Have you been back recently?
It was Sept/oct when I was there, haven't been back to Almora, but been to India, mainly Himalaya's another 6 times since then. The obvious places are in Kullu & Parvati valleys- Manali, Vasisht, Malana, Kasol, Pulga, Kalga etc. But it grows all over Himachal & Uttarakhand, I remember visiting a beautiful small village hidden in a deep valley behind Joshimath, called Tapovan there is a small temple at the hot springs there, it grow everywhere in that area.


P.S. You said you don't want to smoke it, but when consumed it's much more powerful than smoking & difficult to get the quantity right without knocking you on your back, so to speak. Medicinal Cannabis does not contain THC which is the part which intoxicates you.
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Thanks for the heads up. Cannabis is only intoxicating when heated.
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[QUOTE=SyriusB;2103815] Cannabis is only intoxicating when heated.

If you are just talking about the fresh leaves then that's true, fill your boots.

What you would need to be careful of is not eating the buds on the top of the plant, especially if they are dried out, this is where the plant flowers & produces seeds, to protect the seeds a black, sticky, oily substance is produced when the plant is ready to flower, this is what contains the THC. In India this top part is rubbed between the hands to get the black substance off the plant, this is then scraped off & rubbed to produce Charas, if you eat 2-3g of this it will blow your head off & you would be incapacitated for a few hours.

So just avoid the top part, unless you want to....
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Wild cannabis in Almora

So if you eat the leaves it has no effect but if you smoke them it does? I had no idea. But then I never tried eating the leaves.

Anyway, 45 years to late to be of practical use to me. Although the medical research is interesting and very much of use to people with chronic pain and other serious health issues.

Tangentially, I was reading about work being done on treating depression which does not respond to any other medicine with several psychoactive drugs. The potential is a single-dose cure. This research is formal, approved, and multimillion-$ funded. I'll dig out that link if anybody wants it
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Originally Posted by SyriusB View Post Can anyone confirm that it still grows (like weeds!) there?
Yes it does, not only in Almora, but all over Himalayas and plains of north India. It however stays for few months, from late spring to monsoon end. The juice is horrible though, you will have to mix it with a lot of other stuff to enjoy it.

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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Yes it does, not only in Almora, but all over Himalayas and plains of north India. It however stays for few months, from late spring to monsoon end.
And i was there for 14 days in Ranikhet and i did not know.
Does it grow in Ranikhet too?
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It's a pretty distinctive plant. Even those who have never seen it would think "That reminds me of a t-shirt I once saw."

So, if it was about, you should have noticed it. I'm told (never seen more than one at a time) that, when it grows in any quantity, it smells pretty strong too. Asking our experts: is that throughout its life or only when flowering?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Asking our experts: is that throughout its life or only when flowering?
I have ben asked to inform you that the experts are ..er..ahem...stoned right now- probably we would get an answer by sun up.
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I am no expert, but it smells before flowering too. I love the smell, and when you move around rubbing the plants, the smell increases a lot and is just so soothing
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post I am no expert, but it smells before flowering too. I love the smell, and when you move around rubbing the plants, the smell increases a lot and is just so soothing
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post It's a slippery slope Jitu!!
So true. I used to love the residual smell of tobacco in my dads tins for screws, nails and stuff. Thirty years later came to the fight to give up smoking.

Question repeated about the leaves apparently not being intoxicating without being heated. KK?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post So true. I used to love the residual smell of tobacco in my dads tins for screws, nails and stuff. Thirty years later came to the fight to give up smoking.

Question repeated about the leaves apparently not being intoxicating without being heated. KK?
Yes that's true, however like I said the heads of the plant where the sticky oil is produced may be a different story. Charas which is the black oil rubbed into a kind of resinous substance, which is what is mostly commonly smoked in India can be eaten without heating & it will blow your socks off, 10's of times more powerful than smoking depending on quantity consumed.


P.S. All experimentation done in the interest of medical science!
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