To date, there are no regulatory approved medicines for companion animals using cannabinoids derived from the medical cannabis plant in Africa.
Veterinarians should check with their federal animal health regulator prior to discussing any of the approved human medicines with pet owners in any of the countries below.
On Friday 27 April 2018 Zimbabwe became the second African country to legalize marijuana for medical and scientific purposes, however possession outside of these purposes may be punished with up to 12 years jail.
In 2017, the Lesotho Ministry of Health licensed a South African firm to grow cannabis in Lesotho for medical and scientific purposes, the first such authorized establishment in Africa. In late 2017/early 2018, the Lesotho government licensed 5 companies to produce medical marijuana. Three of these companyes have been partially, or entirely acquired by established licensed Canadian producers
The government is cultivating hemp on a trial basis, ahead of potential legalization of the non-psychoactive cannabis strain for industrial uses such as fabric and food products.
The South African government has published guidelines for medical marijuana, paving the way for legal licenses. But medical authorities have warned that potential health risks may not be well understood, and public access will likely depend on the outcomes of clinical trials.