In 2020, the 20 member ‘Global Task Force on Dosing and Administration of Medical Cannabis in Chronic Pain’ developed recommendations for the dosing of cannabinoids. For what pain conditions are medical cannabinoids a viable option?
According to the global task force, cannabinoids may be effective for neuropathic, inflammatory, nociplastic* and mixed pain conditions. *Nociplastic pain is defined as: “Pain that arises from altered nociception despite no clear evidence of actual or threatened tissue damage causing the activation of peripheral nociceptors or evidence for disease or lesion of the somatosensory system causing the pain”
Have any PRECLINICAL studies shown that cannabinoids have anti-neoplastic (anti-cancer) effects?
Yes – PRECLINICAL studies have shown that cannabinoids exhibit anti -tumor properties in different ADULT cancers, including breast, melanoma, pancreatic, lymphoma, glioblastoma, lung, hepatocellular, colorectal, prostate, and other cancers. This data has been obtained from EXPERIMENTAL models of cancer, including genetically engineered mouse models.
The use of cannabinoid-based products for medicinal purposes is legal in Canada at the federal level. Is the medicinal use of cannabinoid-based products legal at the federal level in Mexico, too?
Yes, as of January 13, 2021, the use of cannabinoid-based products for medicinal purposes is legal in Mexico. Mexican President López Obrador published regulations for the production, research and use of medicinal marijuana. The federal government’s official gazette published the new regulations that authorize the government to oversee the production of marijuana for research and medicinal purposes. Pharmacies will be allowed to supply cannabis-based medicines to authorized patients. In addition, the regulatory framework permits the importation of seeds, cannabis derivatives to be used in medicinal products, and processed marijuana-based medications to Mexico.
Does the National Basketball Association (NBA) test their players for cannabis use?
Prior to the 2020-2021 season, the NBA had randomly conducted cannabis testing on players, but the NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced they will stop testing players for cannabis use during the 2020–2021 season in response to the stress and quarantining brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic, and also based on COVID safety to limit unnecessary contacts,. Although cannabis testing is paused for now, random testing for performance-enhancing drugs will continue.