The National Medicines Authority (INFARMED), has announced that the use of medicinal cannabis and its plant-based derivatives can be used for specific medical conditions. However, cannabis-based medicines can only be prescribed when doctors feel that conventional medicines are either not having the desired effect or producing adverse side effects.
INFARMED’s Board of Directors has stated that the list of ailments treatable by medicinal cannabis should be updated and reviewed periodically. This is to ensure that current medical advancements are taken into consideration when treating a patient. It has also been noted that some conditions, which have not been scientifically proven to improve through the use of cannabis are included on the list.
The list of ailments include: –
Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries.
Nausea, vomiting (resulting from chemotherapy, radiotherapy and combined HIV therapy, and medication for hepatitis C).
Appetite stimulation in palliative care of patients undergoing oncology or AIDS treatment.
Chronic pain caused by nerve damage, phantom limb pain, trigeminal neuralgia, oncological and nervous system diseases.
Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome.
Epilepsy and treatment of severe childhood seizure disorders, such as Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes.
Therapeutic resistant glaucoma.