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 (Harvey,
British Journal of Psychiatry (1993) 163, 798-801