Medical Cannabis: Prescription And Pharmacy
The use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes is legal in many countries. The United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada or Israel, to name a few, have understood that the benefits of this psychotropic drug are above its risks and have authorized it, without first establishing its logical cautions.
The last country to join this list is Germany . Since March 1, pharmacies have dispensed medical cannabis under prescription financed by the public system in its different presentations and always under the strict control of the doctor and supervision of the pharmacist.
The debate is there and it is also making its way in Spain. It has been the parliamentary group of Citizens who has seized the opportunity to request regulation of the consumption, cultivation and sale of marijuana for therapeutic purposes in this legislature.
In the Proposition No of Law of the orange group it is urged to “regulate and facilitate the access to the therapeutic treatments with cannabis and derivatives of this under strict indication and medical supervision for those pathologies in which it has demonstrated effectiveness or the doctor considers it indicated” .
Even experts from the World Health Organization’s Committee on Drug Addiction are planning to conduct their first official evaluation this year on the medical potential of cannabis which, depending on its results, could lead to relaxation of strict international controls on its therapeutic use.
Its benefits are not negligible for cancer patients, neurologists or patients with AIDS, among other ailments, to mitigate signs and symptoms of their diseases by their analgesic, relaxing and antiemetic effects or as an appetite stimulant. They have been known since antiquity and have been used in both traditional and western medicine.
There are, in addition, some commercialized formulations constituted by this cannabinoid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. For this reason, it deserves to be valued the proposal taking into account, that yes, that we are before a psychoactive substance that demands the maximum medical control and the dispensation in the pharmacy by a professional. Because it should not be forgotten that it has important contraindications derived from the active principle tetrahydrocannabinol that should be known: depressive problems, short term memory loss or addictive behaviors, among others.
It is therefore prudent to analyze the pros and cons in detail before taking a step which will necessarily have scientific support and the strict control of health professionals.