Qualifying for Medical Marijuana in Denmark

Updated on January 30, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

With a well-established medical marijuana program, Denmark has defined several qualifications for medical cannabis eligibility. As a result, it’s essential to review these standards — whether you’re a patient, physician or caregiver — to ensure you’re receiving or giving care the care you or your patients deserve.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Denmark

Due to the structure of Denmark’s medical marijuana program, the type of medical cannabis a patient can receive depends on their condition, as well as their physician’s specialty. To demonstrate this structure, consider the forms of medical marijuana permitted in Denmark:

  • Cannabis-Based: Sativex — and other versions of it like Marinol and Nabilone — is the only authorized cannabis-based medicine in Denmark. While Nabilone and Marinol are ideal for several conditions, only a neurologist can prescribe Sativex.
  • Compassionate Use: Marinol and Nabilone are often prescribed for compassionate use cases. Any physician may apply for these cannabis-based medicines on a single or general basis, which Denmark will import if approved by the Danish Medicines Agency.
  • Magistral Preparation: Capsules, oils and other traditional forms of medical marijuana are often available through magistral preparation prescriptions. A doctor will provide them at their discretion for a range of conditions.

This structure tends to permit the following conditions to qualify for medical cannabis in Denmark:

Even if they have one of these conditions, minors cannot use medical marijuana in Denmark.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Denmark

If you’re interested in joining Denmark’s medical marijuana program, the process is simple. To start, schedule an appointment with your physician or specialist — if you have MS, you’ll want to visit your neurologist to discuss Sativex.

During your appointment, talk with your doctor about adding medical cannabis to your treatment. In some instances, your practitioner may brush off your request. If this happens, consider meeting with another physician to receive a second opinion.

How to Access Medical Marijuana in Denmark

Compared to many other countries, Denmark offers a convenient process for accessing medical marijuana. Pharmacies, versus dispensaries, fulfill every prescription — even those through the country’s four-year pilot program allowing all forms of medical cannabis.

Because magistral preparation and pilot program prescriptions are exclusive to that patient, it will often take a few days for the pharmacy to process your order. In most cases, there is a three-day turnaround, so you’ll want to consider that when scheduling follow-up appointments for refills.

If you or a loved one is receiving Marinol or Nabilone, which are reserved for compassionate use permits, your physician will handle all the paperwork. This arrangement allows you and your family to spend more time with your loved one.

How Medical Marijuana Laws in Denmark Protect Patients

The Danish Medicines Agency prioritizes the safety of Denmark residents, which is why the program is designed to offer several protections to patients and their families. One of these safeguards is integrating medical cannabis into Denmark’s pharmacies, which ensures the quality and safety of the medicine.

Another measure afforded by Denmark’s laws is offering patients the opportunity to use different forms of medical marijuana, versus only cannabis-based medicines. By allowing capsules, oils, tinctures and flower, Denmark lets patients customize their treatment plans to their specific condition and symptoms.

Learn More About Accessing Medical Marijuana in Denmark

At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we understand the challenges that often come with accessing medical marijuana. That’s why we’ve created helpful guides that break down how to obtain medical cannabis in Denmark and other countries around the globe.

To find out more about adding medical marijuana to your treatment plan, browse our resource center and blog.

Resources for Medical Marijuana Patients in Denmark