WE’RE INTENSELY LISTENING TO THE NEW SOUNDS OF AGRICULTURAL & HEALTHCARE POSSIBILITIES
We, Bombay Hemp Company a.k.a. BOHECO, incorporated in 2013, are an agro-based enterprise reimagining the future of Indian agriculture and healthy living with Hemp & Cannabis as our lens. The uses of cannabis are kaleidoscopic. Pull out its fibre, and it will give you yarn; harvest its seeds for wholesome nutrition; study its genetics, and you’ll find medicine; chop it into softwood for material to build shelter.
Our design fuses this potential with the existing industries of Agriculture, Technology, Nutrition, and Healthcare; to bring together Community, Impact, and Value.
To be the pioneering vertically integrated Cannabis health & wellness brand that is environmentally sound, socially inclusive and economically equitable.
Educate. Cultivate. Elevate.
We harness the power to Educate and advocate for Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis. We work with farmers, scientists, policymakers, doctors, industry leaders and world communities to help trace back the timeless benefits of Cannabis to drive measurable social impact.
BOHECO focuses on creating a sustainable and robust science-led ecosystem for the Cannabis industry in India. We aim to assist local farmers to Cultivate the crop by providing optimum seeds, best practices in cultivation techniques, and innovative healthcare products.
We epitomise a wholesome, credible solution toward alleviating poverty and uplifting societal health. To Elevate the lives of patients and people who rely on Cannabis for healing and combating illnesses. Our centrality as a futuristic agriculture company rests in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and inclusive industry building.
INDIA’S FOREMOST HOMEGROWN INDUSTRIAL HEMP & MEDICAL CANNABIS ORGANISATION
Cannabis - a plant that originated in the Himalayas, traversed through continents, weaved itself into history and now takes its place as a modern-day miracle. Over the centuries, people living in the Himalayan mountain range have reaped the benefits of living with Cannabis that grows lush and free. A single Cannabis plant makes up for – the food they eat, the clothes they wear, ropes that tie their cattle and traditional medical knowledge passed down generations. However, the advantages of interacting with Cannabis have been lost to people living in cities. We believe in the power of Cannabis and the catalytic role that it can play in improving our everyday lives and environmental conditions. BOHECO brings to life Cannabis-based Health, Wellness & Nutrition products.
Cannabis Ayurvedic Remedies
A journey from Leaf to Legacy. When we set out to harness the full potential of this miracle plant, its medicinal and therapeutic giving has been our foremost pursuit. Years of ancient ayurvedic knowledge on the benefits of Cannabis have finally met scientific research and human reason. Over the centuries, Cannabis has been well-known to - aid pain reduction, help relax muscles, improve sleep, manage seizures, regulate movement, relieve stress, aid appetite, to name a few. History was made at the meeting of Cannabinoids with the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), an interaction that derived benefits far beyond modern medicine. Cannabinoids present in the Cannabis plant have been an integral component of Ayurvedic medicine. The ECS is a system responsible for regulating and enhancing physical and cognitive processes. Today, as Cannabis makes a comeback into our lives, we reimagined this wonder crop into drops that care.
Himalayan Hemp Nutrition
BOHECO brings to your table a seed of life that springs into an abundance of nutrition, dense with protein, omegas, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, to name a few. Our champion is one hemp seed with a unique nutritional profile. Along with the knowledge we gained from the Himalayan mountain folk, who enjoy their daily hemp nutrition as local delicacies. Over the years, our interaction with their lives helped us realise that more people must learn about this superfood. Ayurvedic hemp nutrition is a boon to your quest for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Hemp is considered the plant kingdom’s most sustainable resource and the only plant seed to produce Edestin Protein, a protein source that is highly soluble by the human body.
Discovery + Initiation
articulating cannabis’ relevance
Think basic, think fundamental; you will never be irrelevant.” - Anonymous. In 2011, when we were business students, we worked on ‘Project Chirag’, a youth initiative to provide solar electricity to rural households. That experience exposed us to a set of far-reaching rural challenges and the subsistence use of Cannabis. Far away from these realities was a small town in Australia, that ran happily, sustainably, and primarily on Hemp. We drew inspiration from that simple idea and channelled our learnings from business school, ‘Project Chirag’, and our travels through rural India to build BOHECO, a business set to push against the currents of unemployment, inadequate healthcare, and climate change.
creating value from the ground up
CREATING VALUE FROM THE GROUND UP
Our next step was to discover the regions where Cannabis and Hemp are widely available in India. It led to an exploration of how the crop could provide livelihood opportunities for the local communities. We set base in Uttarakhand, where the crop grows indigenously. Here is where we witnessed the raw form of Hemp transform into charming handlooms for the first time in India. We began work with 25 families all over Uttarkashi, Rudra Prayag, Tehri Garhwal, Dehradun, Almora, Baageshwar, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Pauri, and Nainital. A total of 150 women weavers were employed with our on-ground partners and trained to weave with Hemp yarn. In 2018, BOHECO received a momentous license to manufacture ayurvedic medicines using Hemp and Cannabis as raw materials. This license helped us establish our first Health & Wellness brand in February 2019. Through this period, BOHECO continued its FSSAI pursuit, which began in 2016. We persuaded the FSSAI to regulate Hemp as a food source. A goal we actualized at the end of 2021.
aligning with related disciplines
We facilitated the first meeting with government officials, to discuss Industrial Hemp in India. We showed them hemp-based textiles, food and building material. The meeting was an invitation to the Government of India to join us in building an ecosystem that embraces and benefits from hemp. Once people saw hemp in the form of a shirt and cannabis in the form of medicine, it changed their perception. That was an idea in itself, and we began our process of innovating with various consumer products. We began with B Label & Hemp Fabric Lab, sustainable apparel and textiles brands respectively. We focused on the potential of cannabis in traditional medicine and nutrition, which led to - a Himalayan Hemp Nutrition and Cannabis Ayurvedic Remedies brand. Our belief is that Cannabis and hemp products can help sustainably revolutionise people's diets and lifestyles. We’re rooting for a healthier you and a greener tomorrow.
exploring and expanding potential
At the beginning of setting up BOHECO, we were very bullish on the potential of hemp and cannabis in the health, wellness and nutrition industries. However, we could not act on the opportunity due to regulatory hurdles. We received our licences to work with hemp seeds and cannabis leaves at the end of 2018. It was an opportunity for India to benefit from its nutritional & medicinal value. In February 2019, we finally launched our Health, Wellness & Nutrition brand, BOHECO Life. In the initial days of launching BOHECO Life, we were excited at the promise of Hemp & Cannabis to improve one's quality of life. Given the novel nature of the industry, we launched our 1st generation of products to test the waters. We received an overwhelming response, and BOHECO Life quickly became a priority initiative, leading us to rethink everything we wanted to achieve with Cannabis in India. A year after the launch of BOEHCO Life, the pandemic came as an arduous yet eye-opening experience. Further, helping us realize the relevance of Hemp and Cannabis in India within the spectrum of health & wellness. Here is when we decided to transition our focus from textiles to health & wellness. Leading us to research and curate products that help fill in crucial immunity, nutritional, and medical gaps. The pandemic caused a systemic shift in mindset, witnessing Indians prioritise their physical and mental wellbeing. We have since been working on broadening our range of health and wellness products to meet this growing requirement. The final straw we drew to firm up on this renewed vision was to realign everything BOHECO stood for. Thus began the journey of moving to one central identity for everything related to Cannabis health & wellness.
OUR TEXTILE VERTICALS
b label offers cannabis fibres stitched into clothes!
A clothing line for an individual who is miles ahead of a crowd that latches onto trends in vogue, where it is convenient to fall prey to the fetters of fast fashion.