Ganja is the name for Marijuana (Pot), and seems to be more prevalent than
liquor given the Islamic restrictions on alcohol consumption. Be aware
that partaking and possessing Ganja is illegal in The
"Cannabis" is also used to describe the substance.
Never engage in illegal drugs. Penalties and
prisons in Gambia are harsh.
|Cannabis grows naturally in The Gambia and
other parts of Africa and has been used as a recreational drug
for centuries but its abuse is now widespread in both rural and
urban populations in Africa (United Nations, 1989).
of cannabis varies widely geographically, with reduced levels of
the major active principal, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
found in plants grown in cold climates; cannabis in West Africa
is likely, therefore, to be highly potent.
In The Gambia there
are three cannabis harvests per year and its low cost, and ready
availability favour its widespread use. The cannabinoids are
highly lipophilic and accumulate in body fat, leading to a long
half-life in chronic users (Harvey, 1985).
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