Cannabis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is illegal.


Cannabis may have been introduced to the Congo region in the 1850s, carried there by Swahili traders from Zanzibar.[1] In the 1880s, the Beni Diamba (People of Cannabis) movement popularized ritual use of cannabis in southwest Congo.[2]


Cannabis is the only drug produced locally in the DRC (which is one of the largest producers in Africa) and is primarily for local consumption,[3][4] though smaller amounts are smuggled to France and Belgium.[5]


  1. ^ Vera Rubin (1 January 1975). Cannabis and Culture. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-3-11-081206-0.
  2. ^ Sander L. Gilman; Xun Zhou (2004). Smoke: A Global History of Smoking. Reaktion Books. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-1-86189-200-3.
  3. ^ G. Klantschnig; N. Carrier; C. Ambler (7 August 2014). Drugs in Africa: Histories and Ethnographies of Use, Trade, and Control. Springer. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-1-137-32191-6.
  4. ^ United States. Central Intelligence Agency (2009). The CIA World Factbook 2010. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-1-60239-727-9.
  5. ^ Paul V. Daly (July 1996). The Supply of Illicit Drugs to the United States: The Nnicc Report. DIANE Publishing. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-0-7881-3942-0.