Cannabidiol takes root in India in the time of covid-196 min read . Updated: 31 Jul 2020, 10:36 AM IST
The nascent Indian community of cannabis entrepreneurs is finding new ways to grow its businesses during the pandemic
In December 2018, Vinesh Chandrakant was surprised when his mixed martial arts coach asked him if he could procure some CBD oil. The young entrepreneur had only heard of CBD—a common acronym for cannabidiol, anon-intoxicatingchemical compound found in cannabis—once earlier, during a trip to Europe. He knew it existed, but that was about the limit of his knowledge. But if his coach wanted some CBD oil, he would find some. Chandrakant quickly found an international vendor who would deliver to his address in India. Pretty soon, he was being bombarded by requests from fellow athletes who wanted to get their hands on some CBD oil, which he would get drop-shipped to India.
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