2 August 2016

This info might be of use as a general introduction to medical marijuana legislation in the country

Medical Express.com reports the following

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-ms-patient-war-weed-croatia.html

Since the regulation came into force, doctors can now prescribe medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, to ease symptoms associated with cancer, MS, epilepsy and AIDS.

The medication, which is hailed for reducing pain and spasms, relieving nausea and increasing appetite, can be prescribed for up to 30 days.

Over that period, the dosage must not exceed 7.5 grams, with the price varying between 130 and 260 euros ($145 to $290) per month, depending on the prescription.

But the medication is not currently covered by health insurance, potentially posing another obstacle for patients.

“These drugs need to be taken for life and price makes them unreachable” for many, warned Vladimir Komparic, a retired doctor and former head of an association for MS patients.

Interest in medical marijuana seems to be high with many patients calling pharmacies for information, says Aisa Zanki-Zelic, a pharmacist in downtown Zagreb.

She hailed the regulation as providing patients with a standardised treatment.

“We know exactly what the ingredients are and their quantity.”

But it was too early to quantify the real demand after a shipment of capsules imported from Canada had to be temporarily withdrawn from pharmacies due to reports that oil was leaking from some of them.