Dr Shiksha Gallow is a medical scientist and doctor in clinical pathology. She is also medical director for JSE-listed Labat’s Biodata – a division which is undertaking groundbreaking research on the use of medical cannabis to treat serious illnesses ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases. She spoke to Jackie Cameron of BizNews about why cannabis has healing properties – and what her research is showing so far about shrinking tumours and pushing people who are gravely ill into remission. – Jackie Cameron
Growing cannabis -for private use- has been legal in South Africa for exactly two years now. Back in 2018, a Constitutional Court judgment declared parts of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act and Medicines and Related Substances Control Act unconstitutional and decriminalised the private use of cannabis.
Marijuana has to be the most misunderstood psychoactive plant in the world. The herb has a rich yet turbulent history, dating back to the oldest civilizations, and has remained the most popular drug in the world for centuries.
Weed and all its wonderous compounds have a multitude of effects and applications, from being a recreational and medical aid to Hemp’s (cannabis’ cousin) potential as a source of renewable energy and sustainable building material.