US (NM): What is it like inside the Santa Fe cannabis plantation

Since October 2021, the Industrial Pharmaceutical Laboratory of Santa Fe develops and supplies medical cannabis oil to patients diagnosed with refractory epilepsy that are within public health and in the Provincial Autarchic Institute of Obra Social (Iapos). Currently, it supplies more than 70 personas, as reported by its director, Elida Formente, to TN. In addition, the LIF is preparing to process the fruits of the first harvest of the public plantation of the Center for Research and Development of Medicinal Cannabis, Aquaculture and Agroecology (CIDCaM).

For Formente, it is important to be able to reach more and more patients. “Although the number of people accessing treatment is still not large, the growth in Santa Fe is remarkable,” she said. The director of the LIF maintained that it is necessary to expand the indications so that the possibilities of access are greater, but she clarified that this depends on a national standard.

Regarding the distribution of the oil from the laboratory, he clarified that they are gradually expanding the number of patients to whom they provide it, but “what also happens is that there are people who consume certain oils that give them results, so it is difficult to change to another type”. Along these lines, she stressed the importance of building trust in the product so that the patient can replace it.

At this time, the provincial laboratory is working on the staff training and medical cannabis research and development. Occasionally, it conditions the pilot plant with supercritical fluid technology to obtain Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in relevant environments and under “Good Manufacturing Practices” from standardized cultures. It does so through the financing of $7,000,000. In addition, they continue to fine-tune the CIDCaM laboratory.


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