The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency has authorized the use of cannabidiol to treat severe seizures. South America has taken another step forward on the path to legal cannabis as Brazil reclassified cannabidiol (CBD) as “controlled” rather than illegal.
The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency has authorized the use of cannabidiol to treat severe seizures, multiple sclerosis and other disorders.
Yesterday, Wednesday January 14th 2015, South America took another step forward on the path to legal cannabis as Brazil reclassified cannabidiol (CBD) as “controlled” rather than illegal. President of the agency Jaime Oliveira espoused the fact that cannabidiol is neither psychoactive nor addictive. He cited that scientific reports prove this, and support the decision of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) that “there is no reason to continue forbidding its use”.
According to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Cannabidiol was placed under the spotlight in Brazil in early 2014, following a judge’s decision to permit the importation of a treatment containing the cannabinoid by a parent using it to treat her five year old daughter. The child suffers epileptic seizures which are relieved by CBD. After doctors confirmed the beneficial effects, the mother chose to go to court to seek permission to legally import the medicine. The positive outcome of this case and the public debate resulting from it were a major factor in Wednesday’s decision, according to ANVISA.
Cannabidiol cannot (as yet) be produced in Brazil, since cultivation as well as consumption and possession of cannabis or cannabis derivatives, is illegal. ANVISA is currently working on the authorization for importing medicines containing CBD. This should be simple, as similar authorization is required for other medications which are only available on prescription in Brazil. Despite this positive outcome, in an interview with the newspaper “O Globo” last weekend, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardoso said that decriminalizing drug use “is not on the agenda” of the government of President Dilma Rousseff, which began on January 1st 2015.
As always, Sensi Seeds will keep you informed of developments to this interesting story.