CANNABIS AND MENTAL HEALTH: IS LEGALIZATION IN GHANA A GOOD MOVE?

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

The most commonly used drugs have been part of human existence for thousands of years. As new drugs were discovered and new routes of administration developed, new problems related to their use emerged. Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the world, with an estimate 19 million users in 2012. Over the last 30 years cannabis has become a common part of youth culture in most developed societies, with first use now occurring in the mid-to late teenage years.


Cannabis preparations are obtained from the plant Cannabis sativa, which has been used in China, India, and the Middle East for approximately 8,000 years, primarily for its fibers and secondarily for its medicinal properties. The cannabis plant is a member of the nettle family that has grown wild throughout the world for centuries. People have used it for lots of reasons, other than the popular relaxing effect. A popular brand known as ‘street’ cannabis varies so much in strength, it is not ea