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“Cannabis will benefit patients, but its quantum is unknown”

Clinic experts Yolanda Blanco and Albert Tuca.

Spain a given giant step About medical cannabis regulation and his Management In community pharmaciesto open the door new treatments to compete separately oncological disease You neurological, generate one impact on quality of life of the patient, ease the pain and know Shape of cannabis The main defenses in this new scenario are Albert ToukaOncologist Assistance and Palliative Care Unit of Oncology Service Clinical Hospital of BarcelonaYou yolanda whiteConsultant in Neuroimmunology Unit of the same hospital.

Main challenge Here’s what experts are clamoring for with the introduction of medicinal cannabis anecdotal evidence the benefits it can generate for the patient, even Stranger, “Any medicine that can improve not only painbut other Symptomsand it can contribute a better quality of life Patients are always important. The evidence we have today in clinical trials not strong enough To know cannabis reachwhat dosage is sufficient and what could be the consequences mix it up with other medicines. we don’t know the real benefit of the cannabinoid pathway, and although it appears to improve patients’ symptoms, much knowledge is still lacking”, Tuca explains. medical writing,


Tuca: “The evidence is not strong enough to know the scope of cannabis”


Blanco talks about the same benefits as tuca that cannabis can produce, especially for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, “To apply these products, the patient has to overcome some elasticity scales, Surprisingly we have noticed that when we ask them, they say that rest more Because they have less cramping and pain at night. This change makes them feel more energetic during the day. I think that, If the patient is in pain and what about cannabis we expand the range To cure it, you are welcome”.

Within the Neuroimmunology Unit, a product of commercializing cannabisIs known sativexand Blanco sees it as an opportunity medical cannabis regulation To expand its use: “With this new law, we will be able to” Expand product signs Or generate them in the clinic. If we now have the possibility to offer these medicinal products to reduce pain or spasm in other maladies, we would welcome it, and even more so in a framework such as chronic painthat affects the quality of life of patients”.

Cannabis and Pain: Dosage and Toxicity

One of the main uses offered in the administration of products associated with cannabis is pain relief that the patient suffers on a daily basis: “We have to learn a lot to be able to establish protocol Study and explore the effects of cannabis on pain. its effect in relation to drugs Not superior, but we don’t know if it can survive increase their dosage Or its scope as an adjuvant drug. We should generalize and understand cannabis as a medicine for medical use and learn more about all these aspects”, says the oncologist.

Tuca raises the question in the air now that medical cannabis is available, how it can be used: “It’s important to know that its positive and negative effects and for that you have to regular check-up and see if the symptoms improve. Although this improves the intensity of the pain in most cases, it does not in extreme cases. improvement in cannabis SleepThe the sadnessThe feeling depressed and reduces anxietyBut like any medicine, it has Side effects which limits their use. We must know the dosage margin and establish a balance, as it may be ineffective or poisoning,


Blanco: “It is clear that cannabis will not solve the problem of specificity and pain, but its application can help”


skepticism Medicine may or may not generate cannabis use, according to experts, in verifying its effectiveness through clinical trials. “In my specialty we have experience using it and we have seen its effect. We don’t have false hopes If we know that it can be used on its own, if there is any evidence behind it and if it is used as a supplement to help the patient. It is clear that cannabis will not solve the problem of specificity and pain, but its application may help”, specifies the neuroimmunology consultant.

In Tuca’s opinion, “the problem is not that there is a new drug associated with cannabis, but know how to use it, The current evidence is not very strong and for this reason we should work diligently. My belief is that cannabis is safe and may benefit patients, but its dosage is unknown at this time.”

Strong Commitment to Community Pharmacies

The distribution of standardized cannabis preparations is another factor that the Medical Cannabis Subcommittee Congress of Deputies studied giving preference to hospital pharmacies and search for alternatives community pharmacies, The vision of the experts is to condition so that any pharmacy can dispense it without any problems. “Community pharmacies should also be able to distribute these products, as long as it is regulated. We need to know ratio all cannabinoid products and their Side effects, If the dosages that apply to each product are known, I think both hospitals and community pharmacies should distribute it.”

Blanco is committed to carrying out driving course of these products How else to give advice Beyond what the specialist confirms for the patient so that pharmacies indicate how to apply: “Community pharmacies cannot be involved if the pharmacist cannot answer the patient’s questions. One problem to avoid is dispensing the product and not giving instructions. If this portion is covered, community pharmacies should be included.”

While it may include statements, data or notes from health institutions or professionals, the information contained in medical writing is edited and prepared by journalists. We advise the reader to consult a health professional on any health-related questions.

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