Cannabis no smoking
  • The Cannabis Expo opened in Pretoria on Thursday, amid a wave of optimism for the marijuana industry.
  • No actual dagga – or smoking of any kind – is allowed.
  • But there are things you can buy, with various (non-psychoactive) cannabis extracts mixed in.


The Cannabis Expo, the first major trade event for the dagga industry since the Constitutional Court effectively decriminalised personal possession of marijuana, opened in Menlyn outside Pretoria on Thursday. 

The event allows no smoking of any kind, and has specifically banned cannabis or seeds from the premises. That, organisers said, will have to wait – although some believe it will not be long until seeds can be legally sold for personal growing.

See also: This dagga company hopes to sell designer-high seed kits for R500 early in 2019

But that didn't prevent a roaring trade in various cannabis-related products during the first hour of the exhibition, in everything from doggy treats to massage oil.

Some exhibitors are looking for distribution deals – from the notable contingent of smart-suited people walking the halls – while others already have goods on shelves in a small number of retail locations. But all are confident that the dagga business is about to take off in a big way in South Africa.

These were some of the products for sale on the first day of the Cannabis Expo.

CBD doggy treats

Cannabis dog treat

These pure, organic dog biscuits are high in the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) extract. At R130 a bag its importer tells Business Insider South Africa it helps with digestion, inhibits tumour growth, and will make dogs less prone to over-react to fireworks.


A "cannabis" energy drink

Cannabis energy drink

At R30 a can, this imported drink is big on its cannabis-related nature – but as its ingredients list discloses, it is mostly that more regular old drug, caffeine, that does the work.

Cannabis energy drink


Cannabis "pleasure oil"

Cannabis massage oil

The "Oh! Holy Mary" massage oil is R230 a bottle, and contains some Cannabis Sativa oil. It is marketed for use in sensual massage – just not for any sensitive areas.


Tinctures and potions to relieve headaches... 

Cannabis headache

 for R450 for the smaller, topical-application salve

... to help with allergies...

Cannabis allergy

R390 a pop

... and to promote better sleep

Cannabis sleep
Cannabis sleep



And an olive oil soap from Greece – with hemp oil

Cannabis soap
Cannabis soap

At R80 a bar, the hemp variety is a hot seller – with a lot less interest from exhibition goers for soap infused with volcanic rock or activated charcoal.

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