is rooted in ancient history of the himalayan landscape and the ways of life of indigenous people living here.
Mountains have always taught us how to survive with the challenging circumstances and cannabis is something that we have observed in our surroundings since we became physically and mentally conscious about it. Our story does not start in 21st century but there is a historical significance to it. In the Himalayas, cannabis followed a long-standing tradition which ages back to centuries when people used the plant for their medicinal and personal needs.
If you are aware of the Silk Road which extended from high-ranging Tibetan mountain ranges to Himalayas to Afghanistan to the West, Cannabis in the form of Hashish and other hand-made wearables like shoes, clothes, hats etc. was a major and only cash crop for the people living in high altitude areas. Salt traders from Tibet visited and stayed in mighty mountains enjoying the local lifestyle and Opium traders from Afghanistan and Hindu Kush ranges brought calming opium resin for locals.
Cannabis was a daily source of income for the financial security of locals. However, in 1985, when rest of India painfully criminalised the plant and made it illegal, it did not have a negative economic impact. But people in the mountains were stripped off their only economic mean and people who were thriving businessmen on 13th November 1985 suddenly were made criminals on 14th November 1985. Since, there was no other mean of having financial security just like everybody else had and inhabitants were experienced in the cannabis-related trade, they continued the tradition and eventually, got branded as narcotic criminals without a dialogue or their consent/approval, a business tradition was stripped off from them and they were negatively branded.
Since we have grown around, as, and with farmers in the Himalayas, we understand the value of the indigenous cannabis plant. We understand its precious potential and are also concerned about the threat being faced by the natural cannabis biodiversity in the Himalayas with industrial hemp and other foreign varieties of cannabis plant.
Therefore, to bring justice to the plant, to spread more awareness and holistically preserving the Himalayas variety of cannabis and hemp, we named our community as Himalayan Hemp to keep it close to reality. Most of our outputs will stay focussed on providing betterment to the struggling community which is why our first flagship product is cannabis hemp sanitary pads focussed on providing a better alternative to menstruating women.
What is the himalayan hemp plant?
Himalayan Hemp is not Industrial hemp (which may be genetically modified as well).
For making hygienic and healthy products out of Hemp, we are identifying and using local Himalayan Hemp to cherish the benefits of 100% organic, naturally existing, and native
Himalayan Hemp is also Psychoactive in nature due the presence of THC in its leaves and flowers. It cannot be categorised as cannabis sativa as well because it is the wild Indian cannabis plant which grows up to 15- 20 feet in height as well (so far).
Therefore, To eliminate the confusion completely, we have decided to define the Hemp growing in the Himalayan region as Himalayan Hemp which can be used for treating patients by using THC and CBD components. Phytochemical compounds found in Himalayan Hemp are unique in terms of geo-diversity and should be studied further as they can provide cure for many illness.
Moreover, rest of the parts can be used for making a variety of products such as Hemp Textiles, HempCrete, Food, Bioplastics, Biofuel, etc.
We're proudly Making in India
Himalayan Hemp Sanitary Pads under Swacha Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Initiative), National Health Mission and National Rural Livelihood Mission (6-12 months).
Research and Development of environmentally conscious and sustainable products and Collection and preservation Indigenous Himalayan Seeds under National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) (12-24 months).
Developing the Himalayan community with the integrated vision of the co-operative society.