Medical marijuana needs more research

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- An official of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) said there is a need for more research on the use of medical marijuana.


PCAARRD Technology Transfer and Promotion Division Chief Science and Research Specialist Director Dr. Melvin Carlos said the Philippines needs to be open to research and development regarding the benefits of marijuana for medical and health purposes.

“In the Philippine context, we should be open to research regarding the benefits of marijuana para ma demystify din ito sa mga tao,” Carlos said in an interview.

He explained that medical marijuana is used in many countries around the world but this is for the health purposes only and not for recreational purposes.

“We might as well look into this properly and look on how we can harness it as a possible research for the medical and health field,” said Carlos.

At the moment, there have been researches on the use of cannabis and the processed marijuana but are still fragmented and not concentrated on medical and health purposes.

He added that there is a need to have a full research on the proper benefits but it requires a lot of study by different agencies which include the Philippine Council on Health Development on the research for medical purposes and benefits and PCAARD for the production once it is approved.

Carlos added that Benguet province and the Cordillera region will benefit once the medical marijuana bill is passed since most of the municipalities have been planting and producing marijuana, but this time it would be controlled and restricted areas.

In September this year, the Committee on Heath of the House of Representatives approved on committee level House Bill No. 180 titled, “An Act Providing Compassionate and Right of Access to Medical Cannabis and Expanding Research into its Medicinal Properties.” (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)


Benguet Destinations

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