The basics you should know

Medical cannabis that is used to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. It is made from the leaves and dried buds of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is available in capsules, sublingual oils or tinctures, patches, creams, ointments.

In Colombia, medicinal cannabis is legal and is used to relieve pain, nausea and other side effects produced by some medical treatments, as well as it is used to treat some diseases. Treatment can be short-term or continue for years depending on the reasons a person uses medical marijuana.

There are studies that show medical cannabis has potential benefits for various diseases. The laws of the countries contemplate different diseases authorized for the treatment with medical cannabis.

Under the legislation, patients could qualify for medical cannabis treatment if they meet certain requirements and have a disease for which there is some evidence that medical cannabis can help in their treatment, such as:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • HIV / AIDS anorexia
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy or seizures
  • Glaucoma, although the American Academy of Ophthalmology does not recommend medical marijuana
  • Multiple sclerosis or severe muscle spasms
  • Nausea, vomiting, or severe wasting related to cancer treatment
  • Terminal disease
  • Gilles de la Tourette's Síndrome