Business Day Spotlight

PODCAST | SA’s first CBD smokables are scheduled for sale in August

Theo Botha and Alwyn Marais, directors of Ailon Naturals, join host Mudiwa Gavaza for a discussion on all things cannabis

Adler Zero Luxury Filtered Hemp™ smokes will be the first legal hemp/CBD smokes to be available on South African shelves.
Adler Zero Luxury Filtered Hemp™ smokes will be the first legal hemp/CBD smokes to be available on South African shelves.
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Theo Botha and Alwyn Marais initially started natural supplement specialist company Ailon Naturals during the Covid-19 pandemic, offering consumers natural remedies and supplements, starting with Moringa.

Having received a good reception for that product, the company has since ventured into the cannabis market, which Botha says has various health benefits.

South Africa has an estimated 3.5-million cannabis users at present, with the market said to generate annual sales of about R27bn.

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After gaining approval from the department of health, Ailon Naturals is about to offer “smokes will be the first legal hemp/CBD smokes to be available on SA shelves”.

Mudiwa Gavaza
Mudiwa Gavaza
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Marais says they spent more than a year tweaking the balance of chemicals and compounds in their smokes to meet government regulations.

Topics under discussion include Ailon Naturals’s business model; the cannabis market in SA; the legal requirements that cannabis-geared companies must meet order to sell their products; the extent of the local market; and the opportunities that cannabis offers the local economy.

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