Every time I asked these white mense what happened, they would just laugh. I then learnt that the cakes I had been eating with such gusto were laced with "it". Lots of "it".
This week's Constitutional Court ruling to decriminalise its use is a major breakthrough. Now individuals will not face arrest if found in possession of "it" and they can prove that they were not intending to sell "it".
It was always silly to criminalise a natural herb that has over centuries been central to the indigenous economy, and to some of our African rituals.
When colonisers set about suppressing our pride in ourselves as Africans, "it" fell within the category of things that the colonisers thought undesirable.
But, the reasons for its condemnation were deep and political. Where it was cultivated on large tracts of land, blacks did not have to leave their homes and seek employment in the cities, or on white farms. They grew "it" and sold it.
White people hate black people who are self-sufficient.
"It" has been used to treat an array of ailments ranging from asthma to hypertension. It helps newly born babies cope with colic. Some strains of it can be made into fabric to make clothes!
Because white indoctrination is so powerful, many black people suddenly saw "it" as an evil incarnate. They believed it made people lazy.