Uruguay: The First Country in the World to Register Cannabidiol as a Medicine

Article by Cecilia Demartini, ViaNews

Uruguay: The first country in the world to register Cannabidiol as a medicine By Cecilia Demartini

The legalization of Marijuana is a controversial subject, constantly making news headlines.

Debates on the use of Cannabis in the treatment of health conditions are no strangers to controversy either. When talking about the its responsible use for medicinal purposes, good information is more relevant than ever, especially to those who might actually improve a health condition with the use of a cannabis-derived product.

A brief introduction of what you need to know:

There´s a significant difference between Marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.

The first contains more THC (the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high), than the CBD (a natural compound found in cannabis). Moreover, CBD does not act on the same receptors as THC. Unlike THC, it will not adversely affect your behavior, perception, or consciousness.

For several years, a variety of CBD products – extracts, vaporizers, nutritional supplements (capsules, drops, gums) – have been available in countries such as the United States of America. However, none of these products have ever been registered as a prescription drug.

Uruguay legalizes marijuana from production to consumption

In July 2017, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize Marijuana from production to sale, for recreational use.

Currently, only ten pharmacies are allowed to sell the product nationwide. A process followed and carefully monitored by the government itself. It´s limited to a restricted quantity (40 grams monthly) per registered users and is available for sale to any Uruguayan citizen over 18 years-old.

Cannabis for medicinal purposes

On December 19th, 2017, Cannabidiol (CBD) arrived at all local pharmacies willing to commercialize it for medicinal purposes, through the local firm, Medicplast, in the form of Cannabis Oil and containing 2% of Cannabidiol (CBD Oli).

The Uruguayan Ministry of Health registered Cannabidiol, with the local trade name, Epifractan 2%, as the first medicine with CBD manufactured in Uruguay. Uruguay became the first country in the world in which a cannabis-derived product is registered as a medicine, and as such, it can only be prescribed by a doctor like any other medicine.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive, used for medicinal treatments, which has been reported helpful for many health conditions such as epilepsy (in cases where episodes are frequent, becoming resistant to conventional treatment), inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain, neurological disorders, and more.

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