Cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years and to cure or soothe many maladies such as seizures, chronic pain, inflammations, muscle spasms, nausea and vomiting, and inflammations of the joints. Over the last few years, patients have also used Cannabis extracts to soothe the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.

The benefits of Cannabis or cannabinoids in the treatment of many of these health problems can be verified by clinical trials and by the thousands of anecdotes of patients that have resorted to this therapy.

In countries like Canada, the Netherlands and Israel, and in some US states, the use of Cannabis and its byproducts for specific applications is regulated by local governments.

In Brazil, the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency authorizes the import of some Cannabis-based extracts for the treatment of certain ailments, always with medical prescription. If you have a health problem and you think Cannabis might be beneficial to you, make an appointment with your physician.

Cannabis use may cause different reactions, such as relaxation, dizziness, loss of motor coordination, drowsiness, difficulty to concentrate and an increase in appetite.

The use of THC-rich extracts administered orally may cause the same pattern of side effects. Depending on the dosage, the effects may be prolonged for a few hours. The consumption of high doses of these substances may cause mental confusion, fleeting hallucinations and more rarely psychotic outbursts.

In the case of CBD-rich extracts with low levels of THC, the most often described side effects are drowsiness and alterations on the metabolism of certain drugs, especially benzodiazepines.

All side effects may vary according to the dosage, the level of cannabinoids and individual sensitivity.

It is important to clarify that the use of Cannabis and its byproducts that hasn’t been previously approved by Brazil’s National Sanitary Surveillance Agency or by court order is a crime in Brazil. If you wish to make therapeutic use of Cannabis or cannabinoids, we recommend that you seek a physician and comply with Brazilian law on the matter, which is described here: Resolução da Diretoria Colegiada da ANVISA nº 17 de maio de 2015.

The afore-mentioned piece of legislation defines the criteria and the procedures for the importation of cannabidiol-based products in association with other cannabinoids by individuals with a medical prescription for a health treatment.

Brazil’s Federal Medical Board has also issued a ruling (Resolução n ° 2.113 em 16 de dezembro de 2014) authorizing the compassionate use of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy in children and teenagers that don’t respond to conventional treatment. The ruling details the criteria for the use of these extracts.

It is important to remember that there still aren’t Cannabis-based medicines registered in Brazil, and individuals must follow proper legislation in order to obtain Cannabis-derived products.