Marijuana which is botanically known as Cannabis sativa has been given several names including, Weed, Ganja, Indian hemp, Chamba, etc.
African continent is believed to be the hub of illegal cultivation and consumption of Cannabis. Africa mostly consumes Cannabis by smoking and eating the leaves and flowering tops of the plant whereas in other continents, cannabis is processed into value added products for medicinal and cosmetic uses.
I think people need to be educated to the fact that Marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower – Willie Nelson
Many people considered Cannabis to be a drug because of the psychoactive component mainly found in its leaves and flowers. Chemical research on Marijuana revealed the active chemicals to be Cannabinoids with several components including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabichromene (CBC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). The only psychoactive compound is the THC which can be degraded by heat, light, and exposure to air.
In United States and Europe where there are licenses to grow Cannabis, growers cultivate Cannabis in a controlled environment for industrial and alternative medicinal uses. Cannabis is used to produce fibre, oil and other important products.
Cannabis or hemp seed oil, free of THC is considered the most balanced oil suitable for internal and external uses. It contains essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary for body metabolism. The oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used in the treatment of chronic pain, cancer, spinal stenosis, severe osteoarthritic knees, etc.
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The Government of Lesotho granted license to a South African Company, Verve Dynamics to produce marijuana for medicinal purposes, making them the first African country to license Marijuana cultivation. The cultivation of cannabis is being done in protected structures. This act will not only create job opportunities but improve Lesotho’s economic activities, foreign exchange and well-being. Lesotho also has good climate for growing high quality marijuana. Lesotho’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Keketso Ranto recently visited Ganja plantation in one of the states to monitor operation.
Interestingly, the legal weed market in the United States has become one of the fastest growing industries which has been able to generate over $6.7 billion.
Should cultivation of a herb like Marijuana that heals and generates revenue be legalized?
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