The Cannabis Expo, Cape Town
The Cannabis Expo, Cape Town. Photo Jay Caboz
  • A surprising array of South African businesses are cashing in on the cannabis trend.
  • Many newly created dagga-inspired products were on display at Cape Town's first-ever Cannabis Expo this week. 
  • It is still illegal to trade in the cannabis plant, however.

Even though it is still illegal to trade in the cannabis plant, the dagga industry seems to be blooming – judging from the variety of cannabis-flavoured products or infused cannabidiol (CBD) products on show at Cape Town's first ever Cannabis Expo.

Last year, the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans can consume, smoke and grow dagga in their personal capacity.  

The South African market for marijuana and associated products could be worth R27 billion per year by 2023, according to a new report by Prohibition Partners.

CBD in particular has become the "it" compound in the medical field because it can be used to treat pain without making you high, unlike the hallucinogenic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Here are some of the products we found at this year's expo: 


Sensual bath bombs, infused with 3% CBD oil for R100.

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CBD infused bathbomb. Photo Jay Caboz.

They smell great and claim to give you that extra bit of relaxation after a hard day out. 


Hemp-infused hand-crafted vodka and gin selling for R250

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Hemp infused alcohol. Photo Jay Caboz.

Brewer Ayden Smith says he sells some 20 bottles a week, mostly to local pubs in Cape Town.  Branded under the label “Cannabis Sativa” the liquor is distilled and brewed by the Cape Town company Cannergy.


Cannabis-flavoured energy drink (R15)

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Cannabis flavoured energy drink.Photo Jay Caboz.

Cannergy also make cannabis-flavoured energy drinks, teas and water, which don't have CBD or THC. The energy drink tastes similar to Red Bull. 


We also got to try South Africa’s first dagga beer – it was delicious.

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CBD infused beer. Photo Jay Caboz.

Called Durban Poison, the 4% alcohol beer uses hemp oils to give the beer its distinctive taste. You won’t get high on it, but it has a light refreshing taste.

Read More: This is SA’s first dagga beer - now available for R18 a bottle at Spar


Next we found these yummy gummies – with 250mg of CBD.  

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CBD gummies. Photo Jay Caboz.

Imported form the United States and sold by Irie CBD Africa, Smokies Edibles promises a sweet twist to pain-relief.  Selling for R350, you’ll get 10 gummies in a bag.  Each gummie contains 250mg of CBD.


CBD coffee 

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CBD infused coffee. Photo Jay Caboz.

Local company Cannacoffee has infused 250mg of CBD with their 250g beans (selling for R295). Smells great and tastes great. The company was selling cannachinos (R35). 

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CBD infused coffee. Photo Jay Caboz.


Something for the dogs

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Doggie treats. Photo Jay Caboz.

From The Barkery, a dog biscuit company based in Noordhoek, was selling these CBD oil and hemp infused doggie treats for R95. You’ll get 15 biscuits which contain 5mg of CBD.

Founder Ceri Phillips said she was inspired to make the biscuits after her own dog Bently, was diagnosed with a lung tumour and she started experimenting with CBD oils.

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Dog client. Photo Jay Caboz.

This dog became one of its customers.


A surprise find was this eco-friendly clothing store, which served up some dagga soft-serve ice cream

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CBD ice cream. Photo Jay Caboz.

 Based in Somerset West, Trichoma was serving flavoured vanilla and strawberry soft-serve, alongside caps and sunglasses.  They were selling for R50 and each soft-serve had about 50mg of CBD. 


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