Cannabis terapeutica

Medical cannabis

In this article we will tell you about therapeutic cannabis. Many times there are misunderstandings and misunderstandings and it is not clear what the difference is, for example between recreational cannabis and therapeutic cannabis. The differences, the affinities between two "versions" of using this plant. Specifically we will tell you about:

  1. Worldwide diffusion, global diffusion
  2. WHO: Cannabis is no longer scary
  3. Therapeutic use in Italy
  4. Legislative developments in Italy
  5. Cures with Sativa hemp
  6. Studies and new results

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Worldwide distribution, legal distribution

In recent years, the perception of the possibilities of using cannabis in terms of individual health and well-being has changed rapidly. Until recently, cannabis was relegated to the status of a widely consumed soft drug (according to a 2015 WHO study , around 181 million people use it worldwide).

Today, a more in-depth scientific analysis and greater knowledge of its properties has allowed its legal diffusion for therapeutic purposes in much of the West. An analysis conducted at the University of Michigan , published last January, attested to the increasing frequency with which US patients resort to the properties of the plant. On medical prescription, especially to relieve chronic pain .

WHO: cannabis is not scary

The note with which the World Health Organization expressed its opinion regarding the modification of the status of cannabis has recently been released .

The WHO has sent a recommendation to the UN urging the removal of cannabis from the list of the most dangerous substances and the desire to encourage therapeutic use.

The position taken by the world's highest health authority represents an important step for the future of legislation at a national and global level. Policy makers will have to take into account the recommendations implemented by the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) and proceed to modify the tables of the Conventions.


Therapeutic use in Italy

In our country, therapeutic use has been legal since 2013 for the regions that have regulated its use. Since January 2017, the state production of therapeutic cannabis (Fm2) has been legalized by the military chemical pharmaceutical plant of Florence. And it can only be produced there.

So far, there are six diseases for which basic therapy is permitted following a medical prescription. Treatment of chronic pain . Pain relief for people with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. Counteracting nausea from chemotherapy, radiotherapy, HIV therapies.

Stimulation of appetite in cases of pathological weight loss and for cancer patients, AIDS patients and anorexics. The treatment of glaucoma. The reduction of involuntary movements caused by Tourette syndrome.

Doctors can also prescribe cannabinoids for medical use for different cases, according to their conscience. However, treatment with cannabis for therapeutic purposes remains a choice reserved for those patients who have not achieved results with standard protocols. In the event that conventional therapies have produced side effects or are not tolerated by the body.

Cultivation in Italy was liberalized in 2016, while legislation for recreational use is still pending political debate.

According to the Ministry of Health: «2019 should finally mark the turning point for patients in treatment. Since for the first time the actual availability should exceed one ton, compared to 350 kilograms in 2017 and approximately 600 kilograms in 2018. Responding more adequately to the increased requests for medical prescriptions. Patient associations have long reported delays, inefficiencies and a widespread lack of supplies in pharmacies ."

Legislative developments in Italy

In 2017, the Chamber approved the law that systematizes and standardizes the procedures for prescribing cannabis-based medicines, which provides for the regulation of differences by region. And differences in treatment by type of patient.

Cannabis light

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, with the decision filed on January 31st , definitively established the legality of the sale of "light cannabis" and the use of products made with it and put on the market. Light cannabis means hemp sativa, a plant with a very low concentration of THC . The conditions that make its cultivation, sale and possession legal are that the content is around 0.2% and does not exceed 0.6.

Treatments with hemp sativa

A particular virtue of hemp sativa is provided by the inflorescences, rich in cannabidiol and low in THC . The use of light cannabis does not create any psychotropic effects due to the low THC content and the contrasting action of CBD . The most important active ingredients.

CBD can dull pain and relieve the symptoms of two anxiety states (post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder). There are various ways of using light Cannabis inflorescences.

Cannabidiol, especially in oil form, is used to combat feelings of rejection. It is an antiemetic which has the advantage of not having the unpleasant taste of the more common antiemetics.

Cannabis is used in many countries to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy in some patients. In each of these cases, it is naturally essential to consult your doctor, and the possible start of a therapy constantly monitored by a specialist.

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Studies and new results

The discussion focused on the possible uses and concrete effects that cannabis sativa produces fuels a very broad scientific debate. Encouraging studies have addressed the benefits that cannabinoids could bring to disorders such as bipolar and other psychoses such as schizophrenia . The level of efficacy of CBD's therapeutic potential has also been examined for rheumatic diseases and endocrine disorders.

Cannabidiol is effective against convulsive states, and is used in the testing of inhibitors to the proliferation of cancer cells.

This overview of the scientifically proven effects, those under study and those awaiting scrutiny by the relevant bodies, makes clear the importance of a discussion with your doctor . For any initiative aimed at using cannabis for therapeutic use, especially in the presence of particularly delicate pathologies and health situations.

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