Cannabis has been used as a medicine since ancient times. Records show that as early as 2737 A.C., Emperor Sheng Neng recommended cannabis infusions to treat and cure rheumatism, malaria, gout and to improve poor memory. Cannabis use spread throughout the Asian continent, the Middle East and Africa’s east coast and Hindu sects used cannabis for religious purposes and for stress management. In other regions, doctors prescribed cannabis for pain management, earaches and for pain during childbirth.
In late 18th century, early editions of medical journals in Europe recommended the use of hemp seeds and roots to treat inflammations, incontinence and venereal diseases. Irish doctor William O’Shaughnessy popularized cannabis use in England and America. He found that cannabis soothed pain caused by rheumatism and helped alleviate symptoms associated with rabies, cholera and tetanus.
Cannabis is mainly composed of two substances which are beneficial for patients suffering severe or debilitating illnesses. THC, or tetrahydrocannabidiol, is the plants’ most beneficial component, and is used to promote appetite in patients who suffer from anorexia, HIV/AIDS and those who are battling cancer. THC has also shown to have analgesic properties.
Cannabidiol, another main component, provides the patient with adequate sleep and relaxation, and acts as a sedative for patients with epilepsy or anxiety disorders.
To this day, medicinal cannabis is used in countries in Europe. 24 states in America and the District of Columbia have legalized its use for medicinal purposes.
Recently, Puerto Rico joined the list, when Regulation 8766 of the Puerto Rico Department of Health became effective, stating residents of the island will be able to purchase medicinal grade cannabis for the management of symptoms associated with diseases such as sclerosis, HIV, fibromyalgia, migraines, epilepsy. This regulation includes measures to monitor growers, physicians, dispensaries, caregivers and patients, which will have to register with the local Department of Health.
If you are a patient of a debilitating condition your can consult your doctor who will evaluate and certify their condition so you can process your ID card to obtain cannabis in licensed clinics. In these clinics you can buy products derived from cannabis which are appropriate to your condition and are manufactured with the highest standards of quality and consistency.
In NextGen Pharma our goal is to improve the quality of life of Puerto Rican patients by producing medicinal cannabis and its derivatives in a controlled and regulated environment, and with the highest quality standards that ensure our patients receive the best possible product.