Nairobi News


Weed cookies popular among students

Cookies laced with marijuana are becoming a favourite narcotic drug for university students. The cookies are popular during parties.

A recent research by the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) shows kush cookies are most common at the University of Nairobi and Maseno University.

“Yet, these oral drugs are more deadly than injectable drugs since they stay in the stomach for up to 24 hours,” says Job Maina, an addictions counsellor at Nacada.

He says most abusers of the cookies start using them as a result of peer pressure during night parties. He was speaking at a students’ forum at the University of Nairobi dubbed Prevention against Drug Abuse.

The university’s dean of students Father Dominic Wamugunda said drug abuse is the reason why some students are taking longer to graduate. “We have had alcohol addicts taking up to 12 years to complete a four-year academic course,” he said.

The forum is a first of similar awareness campaigns that the university will host.