EW DELHI: A hybrid variety of cannabis, which was found to be used in countries like Mexico, has increasingly become popular among the Indians who grow it illegally as it increases the intoxication level and also double their production and profit margin.
According to country's anti-narcotics agencies, the hybrid variety of cannabis is being grown in India too, a trend which is "alarming".
"The hybrid variety is a new one which increases the tetrahy-dro-cannabinols (THCs) amount thereby increasing the intoxication level. It has been used in some major cannabis cultivating countries. Here too, the hybrid variety is being grown, though not on a large scale basis," a senior Narcotics Control Bureau official said.
According to sources, while a normal cannabis plant take six months to mature, the hybrid variety takes only three months to grow fully.
"In normal circumstances, one can only have two crops in a year but with the hybrid variety, one can have up to four good crops a year. Not only is the quality better, it also needs bare minimum care to grow," another anti-narcotics official pointed out adding the hybrid variety yields more and hence the trade profit increases.
Sources point out that there are high chances that even opium and coca can now have hybrid varieties.
In India, a very small quantity of cannabis is allowed to cultivate for medicinal use while rest are illegally grown in states like Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and in the Northeast.