Pharmaceutical Science – Tshwane University of Technologya
From farm to pharmacy – the role of biotech in building the African cannabis industry
Host: D. Ndolo
Historically, cannabis has been utilized for its medicinal properties in various cultures across the world. Its compounds, notably cannabinoids such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), have shown promise in addressing a wide range of medical conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and even anxiety and depression. The growing body of evidence supporting these claims has prompted a shift in regulatory attitudes toward cannabis, leading to increased legalization and acceptance for medical use.
Southern Africa has been leading developments in the cannabis sector because of its arable soils, good sun and farming heritage and traditions. There are over 200 medical cannabis licences which have been given out since the sector started opening up in 2017 in the region.
This presentation will discuss the regulations across Southern Africa and the role biotechnology can and should play from farm to pharmacy in shaping the African medical cannabis industry. It will also present the work being done by the TUT/CSIR Cannabis Research Hub to support entrepreneurs and also drive the research agenda around this important resource.
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