Ever wondered what Ghanaians are up to with marijuana?
Ghana, now 3rd, was only last year cited in a United Nations 2014 Report as the number one consumer of the substance in the world, remains the 1st in Africa.
An upsurge in the production of cannabis, popularly known as ‘wee’ classified as a narcotic substance in Ghana has stoked a legal debate on where national discourse on the matter should begin. And technically, like, abortion, wee is NOT illegal in Ghana. The manufacture, cultivation, exportation, importation, possession, injection, smoking, sniffing etc "WITHOUT lawful authority" or "WITHOUT licence" or "WITHOUT lawful excuse" is what is prohibited in Ghana.
And these are the most creative ways Ghanaians are using wee.
1. "Wee" Soup
In a dawn swoop, reported by The Ghanaian Times on August 9, the Ashaiman Divisional Police Command arrested a couple accused of using cannabis (wee) in the preparation of light soup in their chop bar. The couple were also accused of selling the narcotic product illegally.
It turns out wee soup aka nkrampi or light sanja (wee light soup) is quick popular amongst some people.
2. "Wee" Toffees
In another operations by the police, they confiscated pots of soup, four compressed slabs and 112 wrappers and quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 69 pieces of toffees and a bottle of drink all believed to have been prepared with narcotic drugs.
3. "Wee" Alcohol
Ever heard of "atemuda" which loosely translates to "judgement day"? Well, that is a wee-infused alcohol drink and it is known by several other names like "Shocker" in Tema, "Amen" in Osu, and "Wengeze" in Adabraka. But please don't try it for God's sake; the combination of alcohol and marijuana - both depressants, is not good for you.
4. "Wee" Cakes
This gives a whole different meaning to "wake and bake". Police in the Eastern Region arrested a woman accused of selling candy made of weed to children in the community. She was accused of being part of a gang which processed weed into different products such as cakes and toffees and selling it. Police had said it was a new way for drug dealers to sell in a bid not to be caught.
5. "Wee" Eggs
There are rumors every now and then of people starting their days with some nutritious eggs, with a side of weed – apparently they will sprinkle the drug over their eggs.
6. "Wee" Hair Products
Hemp is a popular product for a lot of health products, from oil to body lotions, It is also used in clothing as a natural fibre. Here in Ghana it is gaining popularity for women's hair. Considered a natural product, hemp is a part of the cannabis plant.
According to Ghana beauty company We Naturals, which uses it in some of their products, hemp oil is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Know any other way that people around you use marijuana creatively.
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