The debate over the use of medical cannabis oil continues, one doctor says while a practitioner must do everything possible for a patient, any medicine recommended must be used with utmost caution.
A doctor’s commitment to patients cannot be broken, says practitioner Dr. Dirk Belfonte.
“Even if it’s an illegal treatment, we would campaign to get that to the patients, once it would help patients, cause that is what our mandate is,” said Dr. Dirk Belfonte.
A currently unlawful substance will have an exception made as lawmakers move to approve cannabis oil.
The oil has to be extracted from the whole cannabis plant including the most popular part of the plant, the bud.
“In the medical fraternity for example, we stay away from using direct plants products because of again safety reasons, you don’t know how much is in a bud, you don’t know the size of the bud,” said Dr. Dirk Belfonte.
As Dr. Belfonte is against using parts from plants, there are others who are not.
“I would imagine there would be natural doctors and certain herbal doctors, probably here or in the US, who might want to adopt that, I wouldn’t say that physicians follow the regular regulations here would be going for buds and leaves and things like that,” said Dr. Dirk Belfonte.
This is the first time that cannabis oil can potentially be available in the Cayman Islands and Dr. Belfonte warns it can be costly for those in need
“These new developing drugs tend to be expensive and also I’ve said because the people who are producing them have to be well insured, they have to have a lot of research and development, money into their product, to make sure that the product is safe, I don’t expect it to be cheap at the moment,” said Dr. Dirk Belfonte, Pediatric urgent care specialist.
Lawmakers are set to go before the LA by the end of September.