‘Properly modified cannabis not harmful to health’ | Daily News

‘Properly modified cannabis not harmful to health’

Cannabis used in its proper form does not weaken physical or mental health, said Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said in Parliament on Saturday.

The Minister tabled a document in Parliament on Saturday on the beneficial uses of cannabis.

The document was tabled in response to a question raised by MP Wimalaweera Dissanayake, but Minister Senaratne noted that it does not mean that the government had taken any decision to grow cannabis in Sri Lanka.

While admitting that cannabis is a narcotic, the document signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Nutrition Indigenous Medicine Wasantha Perera stated that in ayurveda and other indigenous medicine, cannabis is used as an aphrodisiac.

Cannabis can be used after it is detoxified by purification and incineration, Minister Senaratne said.

Asked whether it is admitted that the use of cannabis could weaken physical and mental health, the Minister responded in the negative and added that use of drugs which contain properly modified cannabis would not weaken physical or mental health.

At present, there are no persons and institutions that have obtained legal approval to grow cannabis in Sri Lanka. 


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