The Colomabian province of Barranquilla will be the first in the country to open a medical cannabis pain relief clinic, called “Integralgia”. The medical project is led by a team of anesthesiologists specializing in pain and trained in the formulation of medical cannabis, and it is expected that it will treat hundreds of patients with diseases like: Parkinson or alzheimer.
As Colombia advances in the emerging medical cannabis industry, reaching agreements with different international companies that will allow it to expand this sector considerably. Barranquilla, one of the main cities of the Latin American country, is a pioneer in the Caribbean Region with the opening of the first specialized cannabis clinic.
This medical center will benefit patients with chronic diseases, who will be able to access specialized treatments applied by an interdisciplinary team, trained under the regulations established by the National Ministry of Health.
It is expected that this cannabis clinic will help to combat the current stigmatization surrounding this plant and expand the knowledge about the many health benefits it has if used correctly.
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Medical cannabis could improve the quality of life of many patients
Gone is the myth that cannabis is only for recreational use. Its medicinal properties could improve the quality of life of patients with diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s and serve as a complementary treatment for those seeking to try other options.
Patients with chronic pain may also benefit from this treatment, according to the medical indication. The Pain Clinic “Integralgia” leads this process in the city of Barranquilla with a team of anesthesiologists specializing in pain, neurologists, neurosurgeons, algesiologists and psychiatrists, who were formally trained in the formulation of medical cannabis in patients who require it.
Dr. Karina Perez, anesthesiologist specializing in pain management and palliative care, explains that the process begins with a case assessment to confirm whether the patient is a candidate for treatment and, once assessed, the doctor makes a formula prepared solely and exclusively for this patient.
“The initial assessment is made according to the type of symptom, condition or disease that is present. This could include patients with chronic pain, epilepsy that is difficult to control, cancer pain, lack of appetite, insomnia, among others”, explains the doctor.
Colombia’s cannabis industry has the potential to growth exponentially in the coming months
In Colombia, since 2016, when law 1787 was passed, allowing the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis for medicinal purposes, free trade products have been distributed on the streets, some of them of dubious origin. Invima evaluations have found, in some of these products, contamination with sand and even organic materials such as feces.
The opening of this medical center allows access to a safe product, which has all the legal permits, with the exact concentration of CBD and THC, and under the supervision of a specialized medical team.
Furthermore, during the past couple of months the colombian government has been establishing alliances and agreements with multinational cannabis corporations for the expansion of its cannabis business. This could generate millions in revenue to the country, and also combat the illegal cannabis market by offering quality products from all around the world at accessible prices.
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