Medicinal cannabis in Africa (4): green gold in the land of yellow gold and white diamonds

In the Central African Republic, the Pygmy people resort to medicinal plants, in particular cannabis to heal themselves. A young entrepreneur in the Central African Republic sets up a business to produce and export plants, including medical cannabis.

In March 2020 in the Central African Republic an Italian priest suffering from Covid 19 was the first case of contamination detected in the country. As everywhere else around the world, the authorities were concerned about the spread of the disease and the Pygmy people have been the subject of special attention, in particular the 15,000 Bakayas, living in the southwest of the Central African Republic in the dense forest of Bayanga, a landscape of immense trees and lianas.

The diseases that affect the Pygmies are usually pneumonia caused by cold and humidity that generate respiratory disorders similar to those of Covid-19. This is why the Bakaya tribes are very well attended to and supplied with medicine. However, they tend to favor traditional medicine, they collect roots and leaves which they chew and boil. The families brew potions which they mix with the medical treatments given by the doctors.

Scientists note that these populations are surprising from an epidemiological point of view. At the time of the Ebola epidemic, they had antibodies of up to 65% or even 70%. Despite rapid spread, Covid has not reached them. Cannabis occupies a privileged place in their pharmacopoeia and their traditional therapeutic practices.

African entrepreneurs are encouraged to create companies for the cultivation and export of medicinal plants due to the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol, the progressive legalization of medical cannabis in Africa, the pharmacopoeia and traditional practices of Central Africa, the climate favorable to several harvests per year, but also potential customers in Europe and North America.

On the strength of his partnerships with several Asian companies, in particular the Cambodian company KHanaMed, a young Central African entrepreneur is betting on the cultivation of medicinal plants, in particular medical cannabis in the Central African Republic. Michael is one of the so-called "repats" in French-speaking Africa, the "returnees" in English-speaking Africa.

They are called "repats", as "repatriates" as opposed to "expats". Those who after completing their studies abroad, and sometimes after a career in Europe or North America, return to work in the country. In the context of African growth which is on the rise again, the continent seems more and more attractive for its own nationals to return.

To move from the traditional pharmacopoeia to the industrial cultivation of medicinal plants relies on engineers and technicians with great expertise and experience. This is the case of the agricultural engineer Athanase who demonstrates remarkable skills in the field of research, development, planting, domestication of medicinal plants, non-timber forest products (wild) of tropical climate and equatorial. While many are attracted by the potential income offered by the international market, it is not easy to invent specialists in medicinal plants in the Congo River basin, as well as in that of the Ubangui-Changa.

With the contribution of experienced engineers and technicians, Michaƫl is pleased to announce the creation in Bangui of the company RCAnnaMed to which he sets the following missions:

  • Obtain and keep project licenses on behalf of RCAnnaMed;
  • Promote the medicinal plants sectors in the Central African Republic;
  • Cultivate and disseminate medicinal plants on land owned or leased by RCAnnaMed;
  • Process, package and store medicinal plants and / or medicinal plant derivatives in the facilities of the company RCAnnaMed;
  • Operate and maintain the assets of RCAnnaMed;
  • Export medicinal plants and / or medicinal plants from the Central African Republic to medicinal plant extraction facilities;
  • Build, as soon as possible, facilities for the extraction of by-products from medicinal plants;
  • Use the derivatives of medicinal plants to produce essential oils, in particular cannabinoid oil in one or more plants for the extraction of medicinal plants;
  • Use RCAnnaMed's expertise to sell project outputs to buyers within international distribution networks.

  • The Central African Republic is already the land of yellow gold thanks to the Gbayas and Yalinga aquifers, part of the Pan-African Oubanguid chain which gives rise to an important network of fractures mineralized in gold and it is obviously the land of white diamonds. First, with two large Cretaceous basins known to be diamondiferous, which cap the Precambrian formations in the Carnot and Mouka Oudda basins. Then with a hydrographic network that extends over the two basins of Lake Chad and the Congo drained by the Ubangi and the Sangha. As with Lesotho before it, will the Central African Republic in turn become the land of green gold?