Marijuana production gains momentum

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has opened the door to medical marijuana production.

House of Hemp backed by Afriplex received the first licence earlier this year. Now, Leaf Botanicals have signed an agreement to export locally grown cannabis to Canada.

While there is a lot of anecdotal evidence of marijuana being a panacea, there is still surprisingly little evidence to back the many claims. Marijuana is currently only recognised to aid in patients with chronic pain and multiple sclerosis in South Africa.

Changes in regulation and the granting of licences by SAHPRA will hopefully fuel additional research to ascertain what medical benefits, if any, marijuana provides.

Until now, the heavy regulation of cannabis has meant that even if benefits could be proved, there would be no market for it.

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