Medical cannabis in the Netherlands is a type of cannabis provided through the Dutch healthcare system. As cannabis has the proven effect of easing the pain for people suffering from illnesses, the Dutch government has decided in the early 2000s to make medical cannabis available for certain illnesses. Unlike the cannabis sold at Coffeeshop Papillon these types of medical marijuana in the Netherlands are only provided with a doctor’s prescription. After a prescription has been procured patients can then go to their local pharmacist to order their cannabis. These prescriptions are however not provided for minor symptoms to make sure the healthcare system is not misused in order to procure drugs.


Medical cannabis when is it provided?

Medical cannabis in the Netherlands is only provided when people suffer from specific illnesses. These include, among others, multiple sclerosis (MS), glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, as well as cancer, nerve pain, and for palliative care. All of them severe illnesses as medical cannabis is not handed out without due cause in the Netherlands. Now, in some cases it might be the doctor himself who advises the use of medical marijuana in the Netherlands, at other times the patient himself might request these pain-relieving substances. In both cases the request and supply is regulated via the Dutch healthcare system.


Medical cannabis and the side effects of usage

Like its recreational counterpart, medical cannabis has multiple effects on the body, other than easing the pain. Although not in the same manner, or at the same level, the usage of medical marijuana in the Netherlands could result in the patient getting ‘high’. In rarer cases, it could lead to a feeling of sadness, restlessness or dizziness. Medical marijuana in the Netherlands, like all cannabis in fact, is therefore preferably used in moderation. Therefore, the doctor will only prescribe a dosage fitting for both the patient and situation, to ensure the patient’s welfare.