Epistemonikos participates in CICAD meeting of the OAS against drug and alcohol abuse
Between May 8 and 10, the 65th Committee of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, CICAD (for its acronym in spanish), was held in Buenos Aires, where our President, Dr. Gabriel Rada, presented the results of the evaluation project of evidence on therapeutic use of cannabis and its derived products, made by Epistemonikos Foundation.
Dr. Rada presented in the context of the evidence review panel for the use of cannabinoid-based medicines, where he presented Epistemonikos project on evaluation of therapeutic use of cannabis and its derived products, that gathers all the available evidence on this topic, as well as the conclusions corresponding to said review.
After his presentation, Gabriel Rada clarified that the panelists concluded that «there are compelling reasons and categorical scientific evidence to assure that Marijuana and its not standardized products cannot be considered as medicinal agents».
«Today, there is absolute consensus amongst scientific organizations on this point» he continues, «a consensus as broad as the one that exists on the subject that tobacco is not medicinal, or alcohol is not beneficial.»
The group of panellists agreed that, although their role is far less than other therapeutic options, there is a space to investigate substances prepared from cannabis -such as cannabidiol-, within the limits of development and pharmacological regulation.
The panel, called «Scientific evidence for the use of cannabinoid-based medicines», was composed by the neuroscientist and researcher at Harvard University, Bertha Madras; The Psychiatrist and Director of the Alexander Luria Institute of Neurosciences from Argentina, Diego Sarasola; and Dr. Gabriel Rada, Chairman of our Epistemonikos Foundation.
The meeting of the CICAD OAS has brought together authorities of National Public Bureau for the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Drug and Alcohol Consumption of Chile and other public entities of service against drug trafficking and drug use in Argentina, the United States, Antigua and Barbuda, among other countries.
The entire process and information of the Epistemonikos Foundation project on the therapeutic use of cannabis can be reviewed here