Lesotho, long home to an illicit cannabis farming industry, is poised to become one of the world's biggest producers of medicinal cannabis oil with the opening of a British-owned processing plant, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The company's British founders claim the extraction plant will produce more cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis extract which some say has extraordinary healing powers, than any other facility in the southern hemisphere.
CBD, an extract sold in crystal or oil form, that has been touted as a cure all for everything from anxiety to epilepsy. But critics say the compound's medical benefits are unproven.
The extract is also sold in moisturisers, tongue drops, and food supplements. CBD infused tampons have even been marketed as a solution to period pain. British law has changed to allow doctors in England, Scotland and Wales to prescribe cannabis-based medicines last year following a campaign by the parents of severely epileptic children who said the drugs improved their symptoms.
[link url="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/01/lesotho-cashes-medicinal-cannabis-boom-british-firm-opens-cbd/"]The Daily Telegraph report[/link]