Following the sudden death of a 23-year-old British born Nigerian law student in the United Kingdom last week named , Damilola Grace Olakanmi, who died after eating cannabis sweet, fears have been raised at several quarters in Nigeria that based on how Nigerians emulate bad things and the get rich quick attitude of Nigerian businessmen and women, the cannabis sweet may soon arrive Nigeria with a tragic bang in commercial quantities. Recall that last week, Damilola Grace Olakanmi ordered cannabis sweet online which later led to her death while her 21 old friend survived after both of them ate the sweet. The incident which took place on March 29 made headlines of international newspapers in and outside the United Kingdom.
After the news of the death of the poor UK girl went viral last week, there were questions by some Nigerians both in and outside the country concerning the possibility of the poisonous and deadly substance finding its way to Nigeria. Cannabis sweet or gummies according to some reports have a lot of health hazards. As it is known that the non-smoking and tasty way of consuming cannabis is through cannabis sweet and gummies, several medical authorities have reported that such consumptions can lead to weight loss, appetite loss and cancer. There are also other adverse effects such as brain damage, heart complications, psychiatric health, paranoia, nausea, hallucinations, panic attacks and impaired mobility .
According to a report Umuaka Times monitored on the internet last week concerning the substance, “Long-term cannabis use may be especially worrisome in adolescents, where it may increase the risk Trusted Source of schizophrenia as well as learning and memory Trusted Source.”
The report continues. “The effects of smoking cannabis take minutes to occur, while edibles take 1–3 hours. Individuals may end up consuming larger amounts of the drug while waiting for the effects to begin, thinking they need more. Additionally, the symptoms of overdose from edibles may often be more severe than overdose symptoms from smoking cannabis.”
Now coming to Umuaka locality and considering the activities of “motorcycle boys”, and other Nigerian youths, if cannabis sweet arrives into the country in commercial quantities, the social side effects will be so hard for any community to bear.
When mkpuru mmiri arrived Nigeria a couple of years ago, it caused a lot of damage in Umuaka and still causing till date despite the measures put in place to checkmate it. Perhaps the Nigerian government is the only saving grace expected to look deeply into cannabis sweet so as to halt its importation, distribution and sales in the country.