A dermatologist said that patients should not always believe what their doctors
say unless studies and research have been made on their prescribed
“Ang doktor kasi kahit magaling, puwede ring magkamali,” Dra. Grace Carole
Beltran, said. A dermatologist, aesthetic surgeon and a pathology
dermatologist, she was the guest in the most recent Media Health Forum of
Bauertek Corporation.
She stressed that aside from the doctor’s advice and promotion of medical
products, it is also important for patients to do their own study and research.
“Hindi naman porke’t sinabi ng doctor, siguradong tama eh. Kailangan pag-
aralan mo rin,” Beltran explained.
She said that taking fake medicines has many side effects and patients should
take extra care.
Beltran disclosed that to date, medical cannabis or marijuana, in which its
legalization for its use in the Philippines, is being pushed at the Senate and
House of Representatives, is also being used by dermatologists.
The plant is used for acne, tropic dermatitis and others. Although it is still
under study and in its infantile stage, it has potential to be recommended for
lupus and other ailments, according to Beltran.
Gomez meanwhile said that cannabis is being used as additives for
dermatological purposes like cream with its CBD or cannabidiol, which is its
second most prevalent active ingredient.
Both Beltran and Gomez said that cosmetics extracts from marijuana should
not contain THC or tetrahydrocannabinol or  the chemical that gets people
CBD on the other hand, has no intoxicating effects and can treat a wide range
of symptoms.(Nelson Santos-PAPI)