Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
For many patients, caregivers and physicians interested in medical cannabis, it’s a priority to learn about their country’s medical marijuana program. While Denmark features a relaxed one, it does not include a medical marijuana card, which would offer a great deal of added convenience for patients and their families.
While optional, many countries include medical marijuana cards in their medical cannabis program. Denmark does not, however. The Danish Medicines Agency instead relies on prescriptions for patients to receive their medicine and confirm their membership in the country’s medical marijuana program.
Since recreational cannabis is illegal in Denmark, medical marijuana cards could offer additional benefits and protections to patients. If stopped by law enforcement and questioned about their medicine, patients could provide their card to the official, rather than a paper prescription that could become damaged, faded or lost over time.
If you’re a patient, the application process for receiving a medical cannabis prescription is simple. Make an appointment with your physician, with a note that you’d like to discuss the possibility of adding medical marijuana to your treatment plan. If your doctor believes it’s a viable and beneficial option, they’ll provide a prescription.
A few types of medical cannabis prescriptions are available in Denmark, including:
Depending on your order, you’ll have access to several types of medicinal cannabis. A magistral preparation or pilot program prescription, for example, lets you use cannabis capsules, tinctures, oils and flowers versus a cannabis-based medicine like Sativex. Both types of products are available for pick-up at your local pharmacy.
Due to Denmark’s approach to its medical cannabis program, you do not need to recertify your medical marijuana card, as it is absent from the country’s plan. However, you will have to update your prescription, which will require a visit to your physician.
When you meet with your doctor, they’ll want to discuss the impact of medical cannabis on your condition and its symptoms. Your answers will help them decide if they should modify your dosage or administration method. That’s why it’s vital to track your symptoms and side effects throughout treatment.
While expiration times vary for pilot program, cannabis-based and magistral preparation prescriptions, compassionate use permits remain valid for between three months and one year. In some cases, doctors will obtain general compassionate use permits, which last five years.
If you rely on a compassionate use permit, it is your physician’s responsibility to renew it.
Denmark does not require its practitioners to undergo additional accreditation to prescribe medical marijuana. Any licensed medical professional may recommend medicinal cannabis if they feel it’s in your best interest. However, a neurologist must prescribe Sativex.
By not mandating certification, some patients do encounter difficulties in obtaining medical marijuana. Since 2018, when Denmark introduced its pilot program for all forms of medical cannabis, more than 100 patients have been turned down by physicians who refuse to prescribe the medicine, even if it could benefit their patients.
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Learn more about Denmark’s medical marijuana program, as well as voice your support, by contacting an official of the Danish Medicines Agency today.