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[Argentina enacts first law on medical use of the cannabis plant. History and perspectives]

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  • 1 Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas Alfredo Lanari, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • PMID: 29044015

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[Argentina enacts first law on medical use of the cannabis plant. History and perspectives]

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  • 1 Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas Alfredo Lanari, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • PMID: 29044015

Abstract

In the last few years, great expectations have risen in the society concerning the eventual therapeutic usefulness of compounds derived from the cannabis plant. It is well known that these compounds are being used in treating certain health conditions, either through medical prescription or self-administration. Extreme opinions range from believing that it is a harmful and dangerous drug to sustaining that it is a panacea. However, the sheer existence of an endocannabinoid system in the brain compels us to study its dimensions and derivations thoroughly. It is expected that controversies and knowledge gaps will be clarified within the framework of this new law. Prohibitionism should not be a category of analysis. Regardless of the therapeutic effects of cannabinoid compounds, demonstrated or to be demonstrated, there are already severe restrictions on their use, which mirror the still existing restrictions to the use of opioids (drugs of definite utility but on which a huge taboo persists). This review presents the first Argentine law on the medical use of cannabis. Milestones in the history of marijuana at the national level are pointed out, which are inextricably linked to world trends either in favor or against prohibition. The current status of the use of cannabis oil in the country and evidences for its therapeutic value are also analyzed. Evidences on its therapeutic value are also analyzed as well as the current status of the use of cannabis oil in our country.

Keywords: Argentine laws; cannabinoids; cannabis history; cannabis oil; medical cannabis; medical marijuana.

In the last few years, great expectations have risen in the society concerning the eventual therapeutic usefulness of compounds derived from the cannabis plant. It is well known that these compounds are being used in treating certain health conditions, either through medical prescription or self-adm …