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Health News of Thursday, 2 September 2021

Source: guardian.ng

Akeredolu urges research into cannabis usage for medicinal purposes

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged community pharmacists in the country to conduct in-depth research into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Akeredolu also declared that the state would champion the “Green CBD Oil,” adding that his administration has embarked on the red oil project, which deals directly with palm oil.

He spoke at the 40th anniversary and the 2021 Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) National Scientific Conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The governor, who was the special guest of honour at the event, said since pharmacists had been working on herbs, more in-depth research into cannabis for medicinal purposes is one of the pathways to the controlled cultivation.
He declared that Ondo State is prepared to be the pilot state for the green CBD oil and controlled cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

He explained that if legalised, the abused usage and circulation of cannabis in the black market would drop drastically.

The governor stressed that Nigeria is already left behind in the huge revenue generated from the cannabis Sativa, saying it is a wasted resource.
Akeredolu, who said he had visited Thailand in the company of the then NDLEA chairman, said that he saw how the processes were driven in the various important institutions in the country.

Meanwhile, pharmacists at the conference made case for regulated cannabis cultivation in the country for medicinal and industrial use.

According to them, controlled and regulated cultivation of cannabis would not only benefit humanity but also ensure national development.
Delivering his paper at the event, President, Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology, who is the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Alex MacGregor, said legalising cannabis means “we reduce contact with that environment and the opportunity to engage other types of substance use.”

Earlier, Nonso Maduka said Nigeria should allow a pilot situation, having in mind that cannabis still has industrial and export values.