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Less medicinal cannabis in 2019

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2020-01-03-Less medical cannabis in 2019

In 2019, less medical cannabis was supplied by public pharmacies for the first time in years. For the first time since 2017, it has fallen below 50.000. The share of medicinal cannabis on an oil basis is approximately 55 percent of the total, the Pharmaceutical Key Figures Foundation (SFK) writes.

In 2017, community pharmacies dispensed medical cannabis about 53.000 times. In 2018 this was more than 51.000 times. This year the figures dropped further and according to calculations by SFK came to 48.500. Will this decline continue in 2020 or will there be groundbreaking scientific research that definitively confirms the effect of medicinal cannabis?

The cultivation of medicinal weed in the Netherlands falls under the Office of Medicinal Cannabis (BMC), which in turn falls under the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The main supplier is the mega company Bedrocan, which fully meets the strict quality requirements that are set for the production of medicinal cannabis.

CBD and cannabis oil

It is striking that cannabis in oil form is used more often. This increased sharply in the first years since 2015. The figure is now quite stable and remains at 55 percent. CBD oil is also immensely popular among consumers in smart and web shops, who use it for numerous complaints and ailments. The big advantage of cannabis oil is that the customer can easily take and dose it.

However, a caveat must be made here. Where cbd oil is freely available and does not fall under the Opium Act, thc oil or cannabis oil is not. Unlike CBD, Thc is a psychoactive substance and falls under the Opium Act. In Germany, medical cannabis is also used for therapeutic purposes. This is not yet legally regulated in Belgium, which means that an estimated 10 to 15 percent of medicinal cannabis is intended for patients in Belgium.

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