Jamba (Ganja) is the name for Marijuana (Cannabis
/ Pot) in The Gambia, and seems to be
more prevalent than alcohol given the Islamic prohibition on liquor
consumption. Be aware that using and/or possessing Ganja is illegal
in the country.
Never engage in illegal drugs. Penalties
and prisons in Gambia are harsh.
|"Cannabis grows naturally
in The Gambia and other parts of Africa and has been used
as a recreational drug for centuries but its abuse is now
widespread in both rural and urban populations in Africa
(United Nations, 1989).
The potency of cannabis varies widely geographically, with
reduced levels of the major active principal, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC) found in plants grown in cold climates; cannabis in
West Africa is likely, therefore, to be highly potent.
In The Gambia there are three cannabis harvests per year
and its low cost, and ready availability favour its widespread
use. The cannabinoids are highly lipophilic and accumulate
in body fat, leading to a long half-life in chronic users
British Journal of Psychiatry (1993) 163, 798-801