Published On: Tue, Jul 17th, 2018

Camelia-Römer is not bothered by the Dutch General Practitioners Society for cannabis discussion

Camelia-RomerWILLEMSTAD - Can cannabis be used as a medicine on Curacao? Minister of Health, Nature and Environment, Suzy Camelia-Römer, is conducting research into this. The discussion on this has been going on for a while on the island and the pressure on the minister is increasing to allow weed as medicine.

At the beginning of June, the Dutch General Practitioners Association advised the doctors not to prescribe the medicinal weed for pain relief or improvement of the quality of life. According to the NHG there is too little scientific evidence that cannabis works as a painkiller.

The NHG states that treatment with cannabis can only be considered in patients in the palliative phase who do not receive sufficient benefit from conventional treatment for pain and other complaints.

According to the Office for Medicinal Cannabis, which grows cannabis on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, cannabis has to offer relief from MS complaints and Gilles de la Tourette. "But for the majority of these, the GP sends patients to the specialist."

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