Who would ever have guessed Mexico would import cannabis products from up north? Well, nothing should surprise us on the cannabis front any longer, as things are moving and shaking.
Mexico becomes an importer of cannabidiol CBD with medical marijuana products imported from California
LA Weekly reports on the first medical marijuana to be imported after Mexico’s department of health agreed to the import of cannabidiol CBD from a company based in California.
The quest for cannabidiol started with a little girl from San Andres Tuxtla, a town in Veracruz, who experienced her first seizures as an infant. Her name is Alina Maldonado Montes de Oca. The seizures’ frequency increased fast until she was having up to 40 small attacks a day and two grand mal seizures a week. She was diagnosed with hypoxia, a condition leaving certain parts in the body lacking oxygen, causing epilepsy and cerebral palsy. She received 14 different treatments all causing her pain or damage.
Two little girls are granted permits
The import of cannabidiol products is the outcome of Maldonado’s father researching, and then later discovering, another family in Mexico who also had a little girl with a similar disorder. The two families collaborated. After a succession of hearings in Congress earlier this year, the families received permits granted by Cofepris in February.
The two little girls were granted the right to CBD treatments from across the border. Cannabis-based treatments are taboo in Mexico, although a judge allowed a similar treatment to another little girl last year.
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All medication must be free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and are strictly regulated to contain absolutely no psychoactive compounds. A similar arrangement was agreed upon, case-by-case in Brazil in 2014, when hemp oil was allowed to treat epilepsy, chronic pain and Parkinson’s.
The government was further educated in Brazil after they saw that imported cannabidiol worked to control seizures when there was no effective pharmaceutical alternative. Officials in charge of regulations proclaimed it would be inhumane not to provide patients with the medication. Approximately 1,500 epileptic children in Brazil are currently treated with imported cannabidiol products.
Ironically Latin America has always been the centre stage of the “war on drugs”, and Mexico is known for drug cartels exporting cannabis to the US. But unlike the US where big pharmaceutical companies control medicine, these countries are more inclined to accept natural cures and remedies.
An exporter noted that historically, all modern medicine originates from plant compounds, even when these are later synthesized by man. The quest for new cures using old remedies continues.
Mexico becomes an importer of cannabidiol
Unido Contra la Delincuencia director of drug policy, Lisa Sanchez, says they have been fighting for cannabis to be recognized and approved as a medical treatment for years. Now, she feels they have made progress with Mexico becoming an importer of cannabidiol.