What are the most common forms of administration? 

When it comes to medical cannabis, the choice of administration method greatly depends on the country. In Italy, there are essentially two main methods: inhalation and oral administration.  Oil: This is the most common therapeutic form, which is essentially an oily extract obtained from the female cannabis flower.  Resin: This is also another option, with […]

Why ​is ​the ​cannabis ​that ​you ​have ​in ​laboratory ​called ​medical?

When discussing medical cannabis, it’s crucial to consider the nature of the patients who utilize it as therapy. Typically, we’re referring to individuals who are particularly fragile or ill, often with compromised immune systems. Therefore, it’s imperative that they receive a therapy that is completely sterile and safe.  We label it “medical cannabis” because it’s […]

CBD for Canine Epilepsy – What are the Takeaways from the Epidiolex Experience?

Results from the use of animals during clinical trials to identify an epilepsy treatment for them  Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder seen in dogs; scientific literature reports that it has been estimated to affect approximately 0.75% of the canine population. The term epilepsy refers to a heterogeneous disease characterized by the presence of […]

Medical cannabis registration in Italy

Abstract   Current Italian legislation states that the distribution of cannabis for medical use is carried out at pharmacies by preparing magistral preparations on physician’s prescriptions.   Growing, selling, distribution and import of medical cannabis is allowed on the condition that the authorization of the Italian Ministry of Health is obtained through the submission of quality and […]

Legislative Panorama: Focus On Denmark

Denmark has a relatively small cannabis market compared to other European countries, primarily due to strict regulations and high prices in its medical cannabis program. These factors have limited the program’s success thus far.  Medical cannabis is legal in Denmark, and patients have several options to access it. Authorized medicines like Sativex and Epidiolex, which […]

Will Medical Cannabis Redefine Breast Cancer Care for Patients in the US?

Although federal laws governing the use of cannabis in the United States have remained rigid for decades, state laws have, to some extent, evolved in the last 27 years to allow limited use of cannabis for medical purposes. This began with Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, in California. Since then, several […]

Israeli Health Ministry Unveils Vital Medical Cannabis Reforms to Enhance Patient Access

The Israeli Health Ministry announced the eagerly awaited medical cannabis reforms in a statement published on the 7th of August 2023 by the ministry’s Economics, Regulation, and Innovation Directorate. The new reforms are most certainly going to result in an uptick in the consumption of medical cannabis by patients, as treatment will be easier to […]

Pharmaceutical forms and mode of intake (part 3 of 4)

ABSTRACT  Pharmacists play a crucial role in preparing medical cannabis in accordance with established regulations and guidelines. By following the Norms of Good Preparation (NBP), pharmacists create magistral preparations of cannabis, ensuring the distribution of the active substance in the appropriate dose and medication form, as prescribed by doctors. The administration of medical cannabis involves […]

Legislative Panorama: Focus On Netherlands

Abstract Access to medical cannabis in the Netherlands has been limited, despite its availability as a prescription drug since 2003. The National Health Institute’s reluctance to officially recognize medical cannabis as a treatment has resulted in increased costs through official channels. Consequently, there has been a significant decline in medical cannabis prescriptions, and the number […]