Zama Shabalala, a video director and the founder of Bluemag Pictures Foundation, has come to play a pioneering role in research around the medicinal and recreational potential of cannabis. With a background in both biotechnology and sales, he has spent six years working with the cannabis plant to engineer products for people with unique diagnoses.
Shabalala says that he thought he would only have an impact and realise his dreams of helping heal people if he became a medical doctor, but he is now at the forefront of the industrialisation of the hemp industry in South Africa.
Shabalala is leading a research team of students from the University of Johannesburg in studying the uses of the cannabis plant. “What drives me every morning is the passion to produce a product that will help a patient or find results that give answers to past problems,” he says.
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