Bombay Hemp Company Private Limited

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Bombay Hemp Company Private Limited (BOHECO) is India’s first hemp and medicinal cannabis company, headquartered in Mumbai. It was founded in January 2013, after two years of research by its’ seven co-founders i.e. Avnish Pandya, Chirag Tekchandaney, Delzaad Deolaliwala, Jahan Peston Jamas, Sanvar Oberoi, Sumit Shah and Yash P. Kotak.[1][2][3][4][5]


In 2010, students from Mumbai University’s HR College traveled to rural Maharashtra for a project to supply villages with solar lanterns. In that group were seven friends who saw in those vast fields, the unlit homes and simple rural lifestyle, an immense potential waiting to be tapped. They resolved to work in the agriculture sector after completing their course.[6]

When one of these 7 friends, Jahan Peston Jamas, visited his family in Australia the following year, he returned with another valuable lesson i.e. that of industrial (non-drug) hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant, that was being used in that country, to manufacture a range of products, from clothes to foodstuff, and green building material.[7][8]

He and his friends researched and discovered that a huge global industry exists around this industrial hemp plant. They spent days understanding the legalities involved with hemp and its use, besides travelling to farms in Maharashtra to understand how other similar crops are dealt with. By 2012, they had done enough groundwork, and in January 2013, the Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) was born.[9]

BOHECO co-founded the Innovation Centre for Natural Fibres (ICNF) with the National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar in 2014. On November 19, 2016 the Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO), along with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI) hosted their maiden I-CARE Summit in Delhi, where scientists, medical practitioners, as well as former narcotics bureau officials came together under one roof for the first time, to discuss the medicinal use of the cannabis plant in providing palliative treatment to patients.[10][11]


The firm has both research and commercial functions. The research division works on developing hemp seeds of optimum quality, for standardising it, breeding out the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) viz. the psycho-active component, to the permissible per cent and achieving scale by economising the production of hemp. While the commercial division is involved in the introduction of hemp products, including fabrics, clothing, handlooms, seeds, oil and more to urban buyers in India and to overseas markets.[12][13]

Partnerships & Recognition

In 2014, in collaboration with the National Institute of Design, BOHECO participated in the International Conference on Natural Fibres (ICNF) which was an effort to create an ecosystem of various stakeholders to collaborate on and develop, India’s agricultural capability for producing natural fibers from banana, coir, bamboo and hemp, among others.[14]

On behalf of President Obama, the White House had invited Mumbai-based agricultural company, BOHECO, which deals with the formal conception, growth and contribution of the multipurpose hemp crop, to be a part of a panel discussion with the most promising entrepreneurs in the world, at the 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, held at the Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, on June 23rd and June 24, 2016.[15][16]

In 2017, the Government of India issued the first-ever licence to grow and study the medicinal properties of cannabis in India. This pioneering research project will be conducted by Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Medical Research (CSIR). This study will take place in Jammu & Kashmir, where researchers will grow 20 different accessions of medical cannabis that have been collected from different parts of the country.[17]

Products & Services

In 2014, BOHECO launched “The Crisp White Organic Hemp Shirt”, under its in-house clothing brand “The Hemp Couture”.[18][19]

In 2017, BOHECO rebranded “The Hemp Couture” as “B Label” (a range of day and evening hemp-wear, for men and women, designed and made in Mumbai) and B Label Handlooms (a range of hand-woven accessories made by women weavers of Uttarakhand).[20][21]

BOHECO works very closely with government & non-government partner organisations to engage local farmers and women artisans from rural communities. The male members of these communities collect the raw fibres of organic hemp, nettle and other natural fibres from the wild, the women artisans then separate and process these into yarns and fabrics.[22][23][24]


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