In its statement announcing the regulatory approval, Anvisa advises the new rules will be published in the country’s official gazette in the next few days and come into law 90 days after that. Anvisa also set out specific rules for the manufacture, import, sale, packaging, marketing and regulation of the new class of cannabis-based products.
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Since 2015, Anvisa has allowed medical prescriptions of cannabis-based products. The regulation defines two types of prescriptions: prescription A for compounds of more than 0.2% THC which is stipulated only for terminal patients. Prescription B encapsulates all products with less than 0.2% THC.
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These products cost between $55 and $332, while the national average minimum wage in Brazil is around $250 per month as of 2018, according to Country Economy.
In the last few decades, we have seen an exponential increase in studies on the therapeutic effects of cannabis in patients with numerous conditions and even diseases . A variety of researchers point that this amazing plant can be a possible treatment for chronic pain, degenerative brain diseases, cancer and several rare syndromes that cause epilepsy, depression, anxiety and many more. And, even in a mostly prohibitionist context, here in Brazil it is already possible to have access to medicines derived from our beloved plant.
Therapeutic cannabis in Brazil
This process approved by Anvisa may not be ideal for the entire population. Here in Brazil, not everyone has a financial situation that allows the import of a product based on cannabis (which can cost more than 3 thousand reais per unit). Others do not have access to a medical network that supports treatment. In such cases, our advice is:
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Here on the blog, we have already talked a lot about reasons for adopting self-cultivation, and even cleared up doubts about the topic with the lawyers from Rede Reforma. If this option sounds better to you, you can contact a trusted attorney and apply for individual Habeas Corpus to protect yourself under the law.