Dangerous new strain of cannabis wrecks lives of South African teens

first_imgMailOnline 22 April 2015The potent strain of cannabis is grown in Swaziland, one of South Africa’s poorest states, and is often mixed with heroin to produce a highly addictive drug known as nyope.It’s the most widely used illegal drug in the world, but does cannabis deserve its reputation as being one of the safest?Not if you take a look at South Africa, one of the UK’s biggest providers of high-strength cannabis, where a potent strain of the plant dubbed ‘swazi gold’ is wrecking havoc on its young population.As revealed in BBC’s Stacey Dooley Investigates, which aired last night, poverty-stricken grandmothers are growing it, drug mules are risking their lives to smuggle it out of the country, and what stays behind is ruining the lives of South Africa’s drug-addled teens.Swazi gold is grown in the tiny South African sovereign state of Swaziland, where the climate and nutrient-rich soil is perfect for growing marijuana.Farmers – many of them ‘Grannies’ whose children have died and who are now in charge of providing for their grandchildren –  have developed the potent strain through cross-pollination, and can now yield double the crop they once could annually.The result is cannabis which boasts a staggeringly high concentration of THC, the psychoactive agent which produces the high, which finds its way either to the streets of the UK, or the streets of Johannesburg and beyond.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3049069/Thought-cannabis-safe-Meet-South-African-teens-ravaged-dangerous-new-strain-known-swazi-gold-end-streets-Britain.htmllast_img read more