Updated on December 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Romania lets patients with qualifying conditions get prescriptions for medical marijuana. If you have a condition that has a lot of evidence backing its responsiveness to cannabis, you may be able to get a prescription.
In some states in the United States and countries, the government runs a medical marijuana program to establish rules about the drug. These programs have certain requirements that patients must meet to join. While Romania doesn’t have its own medical marijuana program, you still have to meet some criteria to be prescribed marijuana medicine.
Romanian doctors can provide medical marijuana prescriptions for people with certain symptoms and conditions. Patients dealing with chronic pain or seizures from a major health issue can receive medicine. Common conditions eligible for cannabis include cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Since you only need a prescription to use medical marijuana in Romania, the process of getting one is simple. Any licensed physician can write you a prescription. However, if a doctor you already visit refuses to prescribe cannabis, you may have to find another practice to go to.
Although Romania has a medicinal cannabis program, they have strict laws regarding recreational use. Your physician may refuse to prescribe marijuana medicine if they don’t personally approve of it. Speak with them about the scientific evidence showing medical cannabis’ effectiveness if you feel it will change their mind.
Once you have a prescription from your doctor, you can use it to get your weed from a pharmacy like you would with any other medicine. Work closely with your doctor to adjust your treatment as needed.
Romania includes cannabis in their narcotics regulations, meaning they treat it like a narcotic drug. So, only patients with a prescription can access medications approved for the Romanian pharmaceutical market. Since you must have a prescription, you have to get the medication at a pharmacy.
Pharmacies in Romania can only provide medication with cannabis derivatives instead of cannabis itself. So, Romania’s legal medicine is limited to standard forms of medication like pills, capsules and oils. Patients can’t smoke, vape or eat edibles.
The medication must also have 0.2% of THC or less. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes you feel high.
Instead, Romanian medication primarily contains CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis. CBD works especially well for pain and seizures, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on the relief that comes from THC.
Patients who take medical marijuana benefit from the protections patients with narcotic prescriptions have. Any protections already built into Romania’s health system shield patients from facing legal prosecution from authorities.
However, anyone who uses cannabis illegally in Romania can face a long time in jail or a steep fine since the country bans recreational marijuana use. It also prohibits selling or growing it without a permit from the government.
Medical marijuana patients can’t grow or sell cannabis, either. If you plan to leave home with your medicine, it’s recommended to bring along your prescription and any other medical documents that prove you can use weed legally.
Here at MarijuanaDoctors.com, we work hard to connect marijuana-friendly doctors with patients in need. One way we do this is by educating both parties about the science behind medical marijuana. We also provide updates on medicinal cannabis around the world so you can know if your access in Romania changes.