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A Western Cape-based company develops innovative ways to extract cannabidiol.
A Western Cape-based company develops innovative ways to extract cannabidiol.


An innovative technology to extract cannabidiol isolate from locally cultivated cannabis has been developed.

This innovation, which is the first of its kind in the country, has been developed by Afriplex, a Paarl-based facility in collaboration with the Cannabis Research Institute.

According to Afriplex, with cannabidiol isolate, consumers could relieve pain and inflammation, boost immune function and reduce anxiety just as they can with other cannabidiol products.

In September 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that personal use of dagga was not a criminal offence. 

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Afriplex produces novel and commercially viable products for local and international markets as part of the cannabis giant, ImpiloVest.

Arno Roux, the facility's managing director, said the cannabidiol market would continue to grow in SA, and with a technology like this, growth would be accelerated even more.

Roux added: 

By 2026, the local market is estimated to be worth R406.3 million. In partnership with the CRI, we have managed to extract and crystalise CBD from locally sourced material, making it suitable for those who do not desire the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol. This latest offering will potentially pave the way for export opportunities to regions, such as Europe, North and South America, looking to source good quality supplies.

ImpiloVest’s business development director Paul Nunes said the ability to locally produce cannabidiol extract could protect local businesses from global supply chain issues by being able to source high-quality locally produced API.

“By sourcing locally, product releasing can be done much faster, crisis management is more effective, the local economy grows and consumer confidence is improved. Through innovation and technology, and utilising scientific expertise, the group seeks to positively impact the world.” 

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He said the company’s objective was to unlock opportunities and grow businesses by leveraging innovation and technology throughout their value chains.

“Ultimately, we hope to transform industries and improve communities, the environment and lives,” he said.

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