Research on cannabis – Medicine? Recreation? Both? #CannabisResearch

27 November 2018

On 18 September 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act should be amended. This means that cannabis should be legalised for private use. The ruling remains controversial. Cannabis (also known as dagga, weed or marijuana, among other names) has been associated with harder drugs, at least until now. It is also seen as a gateway drug to very harmful addictions.

But what are researchers doing with this interesting plant? Does the research indicate some beneficial use? Is it justified to explore its potential for medical treatment? Furthermore, is personal use of the drug harmful or simply a natural sedative?


SA research on cannabis sativa

Prof M.G Matsabisa (University of the Free State) and Dr Nirvana Morgan (Wits) presenting

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Natural Products Research Medicinal Cannabis

Prof Gilbert Matsabisa, Professor: Pharmacology, Faculty: Health Sciences, University of the Free State

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The health effects of nonmedical cannabis use

Dr Nirvana Morgan, Executive member: South African Addiction Medicine Society, and Honourary Lecturer: Department of Psychiatry, University of the Witwatersrand

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