Medicinal cannabis dispensary in Durban

2018-05-14 10:00
Krithi Thaver in the cannabis dispensary in Durban North, the first Africa.

Krithi Thaver in the cannabis dispensary in Durban North, the first Africa. (Alwyn Viljoen)

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Durban North now hosts the first medicinal cannabis dispensary in Africa.

Weekend Witness can reveal that the dagga dispensary is the first of its kind on the continent.

But don’t expect to buy any cannabis buds at the  Holistic Relief Wellness and Pain Management Centre.

Instead a doctor, chiropractor or traditional healer will consult and prescribe different strengths of oils infused with cannabis and ayurvedic ingredients to their patients.

These practitioners will schedule only five patients at the same time.

Krithi Thaver, founder of Canna Culture and chair of the KZN branch of the Cannabis Development Council of SA, said the aim of the dispensary is to set a benchmark for soon-to-be-legalised cannabis.

“Our treatment regimens combine traditional medical practices in chiropractics, physiotherapy, diseases and illnesses (acute and chronic) to treat the whole body. The practitioners at this centre are all medical professionals who have thoroughly researched the extensive medical uses of cannabis and have enthusiastically embraced its potential benefits.”

He added a growing number of studies show cannabis can be used safely, with zero to minimal negative side effects for a wide range of curative benefits and successful pain management of any severity.

“The global consensus is growing that the hemp crop is in fact a ‘miracle’ plant and we are immensely pleased to be able to finally offer this ‘miracle’ to Durban,” said Thaver.

He said the dispensary has extended invitations to both KZN’s health administrators and legal enforcers to attend the official opening in the near future.

As long as possession of any part of the indigenous dagga plant remains illegal, patients need to be referred.

“Marley coffee” and edibles will be sold in a cafe area.

Readers who are interested can contact Krithi Thaver at 065 883 1604.

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