The earliest records of the cannabis trade were in 1680 when the Dutch East India Company prohibited Cape settlers from growing marijuana plants. However, cannabis plants were widespread throughout the Cape, which meant the Dutch East India Company failed to make a substantial profit.

As such, the prohibition of cannabis ended in the year 1700. However, the ban didn’t last long, and cannabis was restricted once again in 1890 due to its supposed noxious qualities.

From 1950 to 2016, cannabis plants across the dagga belt have been the target of police patrols and aerial herbicide assaults.

Although cannabis was portrayed as a harmful substance, South African protesters and researchers alike spoke of the therapeutic nature of cannabis. As the number of marijuana initiatives began to crop up, the general attitude towards cannabis in South Africa began to change.

Fast forward to the present day, and cannabis is viewed in a drastically different manner than in the recent past.

The landmark constitutional ruling of 2018 gave the green light to decriminalize cannabis. The decision specifically allows South Africans to cultivate and consume THC or CBD-rich cannabis in the privacy of their home.  Another landmark change that significantly shifted the South African attitude towards cannabis was the CBD ruling in 2019. In 2019, the Minister of Health of South Africa officially rescheduled CBD and de-scheduled CBD-based products.

Furthermore, the Minister of Health also rescheduled THC and de-scheduled THC products that meet specific criteria.

This whirlwind of news immediately caught the attention of large-scale cannabis companies; however, what does it mean for South African citizens?

The ruling by the Minister of Health means that South Africans can legally consume THC and CBD-based cannabis products in the privacy of their home. Whether you are a medical marijuana patient or a cannabis enthusiast, THC, and CBD-based products are now available.

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