CANNABIS CULTURE – The beer´s name is cheeky and daring: “Durban Poison.” This heralds South Africa´s first Cannabis beer after marijuana use was legalized in Africa´s richest country. Now, there are daring ambitions to shift South Africa´s largely young drinkers away from intoxicating, unregulated traditional wheat beers towards less “harmful” cannabis beer alternatives in a country with staggering rates of alcohol abuse.
Durban Poison is a cannabis-based lager launched by one Poison City Brewing, a startup in Durban, South Africa´s third biggest city. However terrifying the name might sound – the lager is tame and soft, claims its brewers.
A brief note: on 18 September South Africa´s Supreme Court declared the use of cannabis legal as longs it is used privately – and wrote that adults are allowed to grow the plant on their properties. Global brewing giants have not wasted time and are increasingly link up with marijuana producers in Africa´s richest economy.
The Durban Poison Cannabis Lager as the drink is officially known, has no THC (the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that delivers the feeling of intoxication and being ‘high’) but is brewed with hemp oil. This, says the entrepreneurs behind Durban Poison, gives it a contrasting and