Should you smoke cannabis in­stead?

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There was much ex­cite­ment fol­low­ing the re­cent West­ern Cape High Court rul­ing that deemed the pro­hi­bi­tion of cannabis to be un­con­sti­tu­tional. But this does not mean you should ditch your e-cig­a­rettes in favour of dagga – as in­sur­ers do not ap­prove of it.

“BrightRock does not of­fer recre­ational drug users life cover. This ex­tends to the use of dagga, and the pol­icy will re­main in place un­til this mat­ter has been con­firmed by Par­lia­ment,” says a spokesper­son for the in­surer.

“Dagga will have the same ef­fect as smok­ing and could even lead to a client be­ing de­clined cover if it is ha­bit­ual, be­cause of the view that it is an en­try-level drug, even if le­galised,” says Will Keevy, head of the in­sur­ance di­vi­sion of In­sur­ance Busters.

In­sur­ers say cannabis can be the gate­way to other drugs and have un­de­sir­able side ef­fects. Keevy warns: “There has been an in­crease in dread dis­ease and death claims in younger clients which can re­late back to drug use in their teens and stu­dent years. The fact is, drugs have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on one’s sys­tem, which only re­veals it­self in later life – for in­stance, the strain am­phet­a­mines have on the heart, which leads to heart at­tacks in peo­ple in their mid-thir­ties.”

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