Medical marijuana is now legal in Colombia and the Philippines may be next. That is if Representative Rodolfo Albano of the 3rd district of Isabela would be successful in passing a bill allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes.
Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act
Filed on May 26, 2014, this bill may help the Philippine health sector as claimed by Albano. This bill suggests the creation of medical cannabis regulatory authority to regulate the use of cannabis for medical reasons.
Colombia was once known for its illegal drugs. But on Tuesday (a day after Miss Colombia was mistakenly crowned as Miss Universe J), the country legalized medical marijuana. This means that consumption, cultivation, sale and purchase of marijuana are now considered as legal, as long as it is used for medicinal and scientific purposes (not for recreational use).
According to Albano, it’s for the same reason as Columbia’s legalization of medical marijuana that he will push for the passage of this bill next year.
There are more than 20 states in the US to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. But why the Philippines may consider its legalization?
Benefits of Marijuana
Slows Down or Stops Cancer Cells
In a study published in a journal, Cannabidiol has the ability to halt cancer by turning off a certain gene. Then, in 2007, another study was conducted and it was found that CBD could prevent cancer from spreading.
The American Association for Cancer Research found that marijuana works in slowing down tumor growth in lungs, breast, and brain.
One of the active ingredients of marijuana was also found to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a 2006 study. The active ingredient, THC, revealed to have the ability to block a certain enzyme in the brain that makes the amyloid plaques. These plaques could cause Alzheimer’s disease as they kill the brain cells.
Another study in 2011 showed that marijuana could relieve pain and discomfort for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. In the study, the researchers gave the subjects a pain-relieving medicine containing cannabinoid. Two weeks after, the patients experienced a reduction in pain. They also reported having better sleep quality than those in the placebo group.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause loss of vision. But according to the National Eye Institute, marijuana could lower the pressure in the eyeball when it’s smoked. With these effects, it could prevent blindness.
For other benefits, please read Business Insider’s report.
Cultivation of Marijuana
Our current bill of marijuana allows cultivation of this plant for medical experiments.
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If medical marijuana in the Philippines will be legalized, we will join other countries in America and in Europe that also legalized marijuana either fully or in part.