Ketama, the cradle of the best hash in the world
Ketama, the cradle of the best hash in the world
Countries such as Mexico, Portugal and Uruguay allow the sale of cannabis in pharmacies, but always as a product for therapeutic purposes and which is issued in a controlled manner. The next country to do so will Germany next year, but are already numerous countries in which the debate is present, Spain is one of them.
The benefits of marijuana as a therapeutic product have been tested numerous times, although it is true that most world governments are reluctant to show themselves open to this evidence, since we are talking about the product of a plant classified in the list of illegal drugs and therefore has many restrictions when to be consumed or the time of sale.
However, in medicine, cannabis is not the only drug that is used for therapeutic purposes, morphine, for example, is a clear example of this. For this reason, its use is very limited and controlled, but its sale is entirely legal. So, it is no wonder that already are several countries that have allowed their pharmacies sell marijuana, a controlled fashion, and always oriented therapeutic purposes.
Discussion, the sale of marijuana in pharmacies, which arises in more and more countries around the world, as is the case in Spain where, recently, have published the results of a research prepared by the Centre Queen Sofia on Adolescents and Youth and which have helped the FAD (Foundation for Help against Drug Addiction) and the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs. Under the name, “Trends of change in the representation of cannabis. The prospect of Spanish adolescents and young people,” aim of this investigation was none other than to know the opinion of young people about drugs, specifically marijuana.
The main findings of this survey which involved young people between 16 and 34 years is that, in most cases, marijuana is perceived as a substance “mostly dangerous and only 14% minimizes risk or danger, compared with 60% who think is dangerous or very dangerous.” While it is true that, among those who consider it dangerous, they think the level of risk is closely linked to consumption of the product is made.
Another important data published in this survey is that 70% of the interviews using the Internet to learn about this type of product, so it is important to work between all to provide quality information and reliable.
As far as the laws or regulations of the legalization of marijuana is concerned, 40% would favor to be more flexible and 23% is favorable to hardening of the same. About the laws that exist in other countries in this regard, 68% say they know it and ensuring it, most people think are positive and will serve as an example for other countries.
One of the most significant data of this interview is that 53.6% of respondents believe that marijuana should be able to be sold in pharmacies, provided for therapeutic purposes and in a controlled manner, as already carried out now in countries like Colombia, Mexico, Portugal or Urugay, being this the last country to implement this practice, although it is true that several countries already are considering measures to do the same in pharmacies, such as Germany, where the next year, this longer be possible.
The curious thing about this debate is that, which in the future could be a reality in the past it was. And we can not help remembering that there are various products that are considered drugs and therefore are sold or dispensed in a controlled manner, but that are sold in pharmacies or apply in hospitals of different countries.
That marijuana has positive effects to treat various health problems is more than evident, although they are few studies done on it are left, if it is true that in people has been tested on numerous occasions. In fact, since 5000 years ago in China, they used the fruits of this plant for medicinal purposes, mixing it with other plants. As part of the recent history of the modern world, it is noteworthy that, in the early twentieth century, the sale of marijuana in pharmacies, as a therapeutic remedy, was common until the large US laboratories found other cheaper substances for them and that, therefore, they reported more benefits.
One time, the sale of marijuana in pharmacies, in which the United States began to grow large tons of cannabis brought mainly from India, to develop their own drugs.
Today, almost a century later, it seems that the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacies can be a reality, not only in countries like Uruguay or other countries through specific drugs, but in a number of countries around the world are considering the legalization, whenever a controlled manner and adequately informing the population, which is what, in turn, require pharmacists to supply it. Something that is totally logical because, as we defend from Piensa En Verde, consumption always be moderate and bear in mind the effects that cannabis may have on our body, which need not be the same as those in others.
Currently, only some pharmaceutical engaged in the research and development of therapeutic products based on extracts of marijuana, reaping THC benefits. Products like that then we will mention are sold even in countries where the sale of cannabis in pharmacies is not legal, but these drugs made from the same:
–Marinol, of Abbvie: used mainly to alleviate the problems of anorexy patient with terminal cancer or HIV and marketed in Canada, Australia, South Africa, United States and New Zealand.
–Cesamet, from Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc .: is used to alleviate problems such as nausea and vomiting in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy gives them these effects. The same is sold in countries like Canada, Ireland, UK and Australia.
–Sativex, marketed by Bayer and Almirall Laboratories: This medicine is administered sublingually and is indicated for patients with multiple sclerosis and to relieve pain in patients diagnosed with cancer. The same is commercialized in Spain, Canada and the UK.
We do not want this title leads to misunderstandings. Of course it is true that there are countries where the sale of marijuana is legal in pharmacies, but whenever a controlled manner and for therapeutic purposes. Right now, are 5 countries where, by law, practice and others, such as Canada and Germany are in the process of doing so is permitted. In addition, as mentioned in the previous section, there are medicines prepared from marijuana or substances extracted from it, which is marketed in several countries, such as UK, Australia, Ireland or Spain.
Each of the 5 countries where medical marijuana is available in pharmacies have its own rules, as explained below:
–Uruguay: pioneer in the legal sale of marijuana for medical purposes in the world, people who wish to acquire must be previously registered in a list that allows them to access it and can only consume 40 grams of it per month. This practice is possible since 2013.
–Portugal: our European neighbor goes a little further. While the monthly amount of cannabis a person can acquire is lower than that of Uruguay (a total of 25 grams per month, which are divided into 10 doses of 2.5 grams each), they can also be done with 5 grams of hashish a month, as marijuana, it will be distributed in 10 doses of 0.5 grams each.
–Czech Republic is one of the European countries that allows the sale, although there is a restriction in the case of the age of the person seeking access to it, plus it whenever you go to the pharmacy, has be prescription. A practice was legalized in 2013, as in Uruguay.
–Colombia: harnessing the benefits of cannabis to be in the forefront of the fight against various diseases and improve the lives of people. That goal was legalized last year the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacies in Colombia, which was expected, considering that the manufacture and export of medicines prepared from cannabis already carried out in this country for years, but there was no legislation regulating it .
–Mexico: was the last country to legalize the sale of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. In addition, its current president, Enrique Peña-Nieto has said he will fight to increase the legal dose of 5-28 grams per person per month.
Besides these countries, there are two others who have already announced they will legalize the sale of marijuana for medical purposes in its pharmacies, such as Germany, which will from 2017 and it seems that Canada would also be on track to achieve this, although we must mention an exception in the North American country, since in the city of Vancouver, from June 2015, pharmacies can apply for a license to sell marijuana and have already been awarded the first. This does indicate that Canadian city could be a pilot project to legalize the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacies from spring 2017 and without forgetting that it is precisely in this country where the three types of drugs are sold prepared from cannabis we have mentioned above.
Another exception or cases to mention is that of Italy. In the Mediterranean country and although you can not really sell marijuana in ita pharmacies, which itself is permitted is the sale of medicinal imported from the Netherlands. Pharmacies must have a permit for it and the person who wishes to acquire must come with proper prescription.
Not that we say so, is that it is a fact: in the health community, more and more professionals are in favor of research on the potential benefits of cannabis to the health of many patients and legalization controlled sale for therapeutic purposes. A bet on which doctors, psychologists and many pharmacists are added.
Since the latter group and without apology for cannabis, yes it is a bet, especially, to provide a true and real than assumed consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes information. Such is the case, for example, the College of Pharmacists of Barcelona, where we can find a section on its website in addressing the issue.
“At no time we are making advocacy of cannabis, or intend to stir for consumption only intend to offer information for responsible use, without going into valuations, pending health authorities decide to step standardization and assume that the best way to eliminate risks and control both the quality of the plant as the performance of patients is placing it in the legally established and under medical and pharmaceutical control” health circuits, is part of the extract information offered on its website. We leave the link to what you may see: http://www.farmaceuticonline.com/es/el-medicamento/607-cannabis
In addition, this Pharmaceutical College also put particular emphasis on the clear distinction between cannabis use recreational purposes and for therapeutic purposes: “The cannabis for therapeutic use has nothing to do with leisure and recreational use. The risks are different, and the effects, too. “
Given that are already numerous scientific evidence that has demonstrated the benefits of marijuana for therapeutic purposes, the decision to legalize the sale of a controlled in pharmacies should be a topic for discussion in all countries of the world.
At the moment, from Piensa En Verde we would like to several arguments for it. On the one hand, because selling medical marijuana in pharmacies help people to be consuming it or is good for them consumption, are better informed. We can not forget that the pharmacist is another health professional chain over any country and is properly trained to provide basic knowledge, but real and proven to its customers. In this regard, we also consider it would be appropriate to provide the possibility to pharmacists who so wish, to train in this area.
On the other hand, the legal sale of marijuana as a medicinal purpose allow users to benefit from the following properties that are obtained with its use: it is a natural antidepressant helping the person who consumes it to calm down and therefore control better stress and difficult situations living with depression; It acts as anxiolytic; It helps relax and therefore fall asleep in people who have difficulty in it. On the other hand, marijuana also serves as a natural analgesic to end muscle aches, and help stimulate your brain, like what you get coffee, but in a more healthy way, provided, of course, is consumed with moderation.
By Noelia Jimenez, Team Piensa En Verde