The Colombian cannabis that came to Mexico to treat a child with epilepsy

Two of the countries most affected by drug trafficking agree on the first legal and commercial export of psychoactive cannabis. The purpose is to improve the life of a child with epilepsy.


In the next few days, a child from Mexico City who suffers from epilepsy will receive a drug whose main component of medicinal cannabis was grown and processed in Tocancipá, Cundinamarca.

This first commercial and legal export of the psychoactive drug represents a milestone for Colombia and Mexico, after the sad, violent and criminal history of drug trafficking in recent decades.

Money accompanied this export process that took place on January 23 and was led by the Colombian-Canadian medical cannabis producer Ikänik Farms.

The firm has international and local certifications to process high purity cannabis for the pharmaceutical sector. "Our indoor cultivation (under roof) allows a detailed monitoring of the humidity, temperature and light conditions of each cannabis plant", says Borja Sanz from Madrid, president of Ikänik Farms.

The company not only contributes to improving the quality of life of patients. He also sees very important trade opportunities between the two countries. This first export of 125 grams of the legal psychoactive opens the door for a volume of business that Sanz de Madrid himself estimates at about 20,000 million dollars. Some 130,000 Mexican patients with pathologies such as schizophrenia, epilepsy or chronic pain, among others, can benefit from this type of medication.

THC, or the psychoactive component of cannabis, can help reduce the severity and periodicity of epilepsy events, depending on the case and type of disease. Scientific information is also accumulating on the use of medicinal cannabis for some types of cancer, including to inhibit covid-19, although this application is in the initial study phase.

This was the process

The relatives of the Mexican child who will receive this medicine in the coming days went to the courts of their country to see that no treatment worked to control epilepsy.

The matter escalated to such a level that the Mexican government was forced to define a regulation that would open the door to these types of options that are just beginning to emerge in the world. After the Mexican authorities approved the importation of the psychoactive, they set about the task of looking for a supplier that would guarantee that the cannabis was pharmaceutical grade. That is where this company came in, which has been in Colombia for four years and has its plant in a logistics park in Tocancipá.

The Dian had to unblock the tariff codes, while the National Narcotics Fund was pending of each process so that the cannabis could get on an AeroMéxico plane. Unlike on other occasions, the Anti-Narcotics Police accompanied with its personnel the correct exit of this component.

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