What Exactly Is Bud and Why Is It As Costly As Cocaine

  • The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Rhea’s brother Showik Chakraborty and Sushant Singh Rajput’s house manager Samuel Miranda for questioning in connection with a “bud” supply racket in which four persons have already been arrested.
  • As per NCB and DRI officials, bud is the most sought after drug in parties currently.

       What exactly is bud?

  • Marijuana can be used in several ways with the most basic division comprising of the buds and the extract.
  • While weed (ganja) is made from the extract of the Marijuana leaves, bud refers to smoking elements of the plant directly as against an extract.
  • An official said the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels in bud is higher making it more potent as compared to weed.

       Why is bud gaining popularity on the party circuit?

  • Bud’s popularity comes from its potency.
  • It is also more expensive, costing around Rs 4000 to Rs 5000 per gram.
  • This is almost on par with drugs like cocaine, making it popular among a certain class of people.
  • Apart from this, bud also comes in flavours like banana skittles and watermelon gelato.

       Where is it sourced from? How does it reach India?

  • Bud is generally sourced from North California, Spain and Amsterdam, as per NCB officials.
  • They are normally grown by skilled farmers and sold globally through the Darknet.
  • It is then either passed on to other local retailers or sold directly by those who place these orders.
  • Generally these arrive in post offices labelled as some other product.