Nigeria

Tue
14
Sep

Community pharmacists and legalizing marijuana

woman pharmacist

I encountered the whiff of marijuana (aka Igbo, ganja, cannabis) very early in life though I never even smoked a cigarette. Was I seven years old or nine? I can’t be sure, can’t remember really. But I was in primary school and as we walked to school every day, we encountered some ragged red-eyed young men in some corners of the town puffing away as if it was the greatest thing to do in the world at that time of the day and no one could do anything about it. Hmmm! How did I know it was Igbo they were smoking? Well, some peers knew better than others and volunteered the information to neophytes like us. In the boarding house while in secondary school students knew the Igbo smokers, the very bad boys who often sneaked out to the cinema house and returned at midnight.

Wed
30
Jun

Nigeria isn’t ready to legalize marijuana: A scientist’s view

Nigeria has been debating whether to legalize marijuana. Its House of Representatives is set to discuss a bill to that effect. The Conversation Africa’s Wale Fatade asked Olakunle Idowu, a Professor of pharmaceutical chemistry, to explain the science behind the debate.

Tue
08
Dec

Why Some Young Nigerians Are Using Cannabis As A Normal Part Of Life

man smoking joint in darkness

Cannabis is illegal in Nigeria. Its production, distribution and use are criminalised by local laws. Cultivated mostly in southern Nigeria, the drug is affordable and readily available through street drug-running. Cannabis users are also widely seen as social deviants, and are liable to arrest and imprisonment.

Mon
03
Jun

You’ll never guess which country smokes the most weed

If you had to guess which country consumed the most cannabis in the world, you’d surely start with places where the plant is at least legalized. Uruguay, for instance, legalized cannabis in 2013. Another choice might be Canada, which passed adult-use marijuana legislation in 2018. Heck, you could even pick countries where the drug is partially legalized, like the United States or Netherlands.

Fri
31
May

These are the top 10 cannabis-consuming countries in Africa

Congratulations, or canna-gratulations, to Nigeria.

The West African country has the distinction of being home to the largest number of cannabis consumers on the African continent by a huge margin of over 20 million users, according to New Frontier Data’s recent report titled, Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook.

Fri
07
Sep

Presidential aspirant to make Nigeria marijuana exporting giant

Omoyele Sowore, a publisher and presidential hopeful in Nigeria says he will make the country a marijuana exporting hub if elected as president.

The video of his ‘controversial’ claims has since gone viral on social media. He was speaking at an event organized by a non-governmental organization in mid-week.

His reasons for advancing the idea was that many countries are making billions from the plant whiles in Nigeria drug law enforcement agencies were arresting people for cultivating or possessing it.

The publisher of Nigeria’s popular Sahara Reporters admitted that his views on the subject were controversial but also that he was ready to discuss it into details as and when.

Tue
29
Aug

Cannabis shows promise in treating schizophrenia and tourette syndrome

In Nigeria Cannabis is associated with a lot of bad bad omen but that is if you are still caught up in outdated facts.

Cannabis in recent years has become more widely accepted and that is due to the numbers of studies telling us of the many good side to the herb.

And one of such good side is its ability due to a certain compound it possesses (cannabis-derived chemical cannabidiol (CBD) ) to help contain the cognitive effects in schizophrenic patients.

Mon
22
May

Nigeria: Of drug war and marijuana's business value

As the youth grow up, they are warned about the “dangers” of marijuana and other substances. The supposed danger, as echoed by many, is that marijuana makes people become unkempt, irresponsible, lazy and ultimately, running-on-the-streets-naked (that is, madness). Some religious preachers go as far as to say that marijuana users are hell-bound. Since the 1950s, thousands have been jailed; countless properties have been confiscated by the government, and taxpayers’ money has been wasted on the war on drugs in Nigeria, through the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Tue
06
Dec

Mapped: The Countries That Smoke the Most Cannabis

The country with the biggest weed habit? That might surprise you.

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

Thu
01
Dec

Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis

A new report claims the UK government should legalise marijuana because it's “the only solution to crime and addiction problems”.

The strongly-worded study - titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis - was produced by the nonpartisan Adam Smith Institute and has the backing of several cross-party MPs including former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg.

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