Growing and Smoking Weed in Africa
Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in Africa. Weed or Cannabis is also known as Dagga in Afrikaans, Umya in Xhosa, and Nsangu in Zulu.
However, not all African countries are following South Africa’s criminalization of weed. Zimbabwe in May 2018 legalized growing marijuana for medicinal and research purposes and is the second African country to do so, Lesotho became the African continent's first country to offer legal licenses to grow marijuana. Ghanaians are heavy consumers of marijuana, which is prohibited but widely tolerated.
The highest levels of weed or cannabis production in the world take place on the African continent. Approximately, 25 percent of the global growing and manufacturing of cannabis takes place in Africa, North America and South America are close seconds.
More than 11,000 metric tons of cannabis is produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed.
The Dagga Party in South Africa won a landmark ruling in 2017 to permit smoking in the home on privacy grounds, without changing the legal status of cannabis, which means although there is a ruling weed is still illegal. However, like Lesotho, the South African government published guidelines for medical marijuana, paving the way for legal licenses.
Two main cannabis products are herbal cannabis denoting the leaves and flowering tops of the plant and cannabis resin referring to the pressed secretions of the plant.
Weed or Cannabis is also known as:
Marijuana in English
Dagga in Afrikaans
Umya in Xhosa
Mbanje in Shona
Matekwane and Patse in Northern Sotho
Nsangu in Zulu