“Therefore we need to go that route before it can be made available and easily accessible. Otherwise there will be chaos.”
Meanwhile, earlier advice published in DailyMailOnline revealed cannabis can kill cancer cells and shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumours.
“Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumours.
He said studies have found that cannabis seed extract has antioxidant effects owing to its cannabidiol content, which regulates the immune system and could help in neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, Alzheimer’s disease and so on. “Cannabis possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is therefore highly useful in relieving pain resulting from an injury, infection or any autoimmunity disorder,” Amibor said.
Results from his previous study showed that while cannabinoid drugs weren’t reducing the volume of pain, they were “changing the channel making it a little less unpleasant.” According to De Vita, “It’s not sunshine and rainbows pleasant, but something slightly less bothersome. We replicated that in this study and found that CBD and expectancies didn’t significantly reduce the volume of the pain, but they did make it less unpleasant—it didn’t bother them as much.” As part of the study De Vita and Maisto developed advanced experimental pain measurement protocols “to pop the hood and start looking at some of these other mechanistic pain processes,” said De Vita. “It’s not just pain, yes or no, but there are these other dimensions of pain, and it would be interesting to see which ones are being targeted. We found that sometimes, pharmacological effects of CBD brought down some of those, but the expectancies did not. Sometimes they both did it. Sometimes it was just the expectancy. And so, we were going into this thinking we were going to primarily detect the expectancy-induced pain relief but what we found out was way more complex than that and that’s exciting.”
The law makes no distinction between recreational or medicinal use of cannabis, and both are regarded as illegal activities. However, in reality, the situation isn’t nearly as clear-cut.
Individuals can also be prosecuted for possessing equipment associated with the usage of cannabis (for example, a smoking pipe). If caught, they could be given a prison sentence of not less than five years.
Is CBD legal in Nigeria?
It’s illegal to possess or use cannabis in Nigeria, in accordance with the Dangerous Drugs Act. This law specifically lists ‘Indian Hemp’ as a dangerous drug, stating that the term refers to “any plant or part of a plant of the genus cannabis”.
The main body of authority for drug policy and enforcement is the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). This agency liaises with the US government and regional authorities to tackle drugs problems in West Africa. However, their power is limited as they are underfunded.
Nigerian law also states that, if the individual claims they had no knowledge of the cannabis in their possession (for example, if it was discovered on their premises and they hadn’t known it was there), the burden of proof lies with them. They must prove their innocence, not the other way around.