Legalization of Cannabidiol In Greece
Legalization of medical cannabis in Greece.
In 2017, a big step was taken in our country to legalize medical cannabis.
A huge issue on a global scale and a year-long debate in our country has been launched this year and has opened new horizons for patients, giving them hope for an effective response to their health problems.
Specifically, on June 30, 2017, the Greek Government announced the legalization of medical cannabis, through the Prime Minister, and in fact through a Common Ministerial Decision of the Ministers of Health and Justice. The decision was signed and published in the Government Gazette.
The importance of the legalization for Greek society and patients.
This is a very important start for Greek society, as Greece will now be officially included in the European Union Member States, which have legalized medical cannabis.
But this legalization is also of great importance for the thousands of people who suffer from serious illnesses and who need medical cannabis. After years of seeking legalization to manage their health and not resort to other means, they have finally made the official decision, ending their agony.
The health ministry, according to a finding, said that cannabis and its ingredients, such as cannabidiol, are beneficial in a number of important diseases, such as:
- HIV / AIDS
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pain
- The nausea
- Illness from chemotherapy
- Spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
The announcement made by the Ministry of Health says that the legalization of cannabis is specific and refers to the therapeutic preparations produced by it, but the same is not true for dried cannabis flowers.
This is because there is still fear / prejudice about the other essential plant substance, which has a psychoactive effect on the human body called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The two essential substances of the cannabis plant.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is legal and safe to use. It is not considered to be toxic and legislation in Greece states that as long as cannabidol is not included in the drug list and does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) more than 0.2% it is legal.
The importance of legalization as an opportunity for alternative cultivation
In addition to patients and the need to use medical cannabis, this legalization could also play an important role in the utilization and organic cultivation of cannabis by Greek farmers. Greece, after all, is a country known for centuries now for its fertile soil and for its agriculture.
Organic cannabis cultivation could be the beginning of an alternative form of cultivation and would greatly benefit our country from the production of products, both our economy and the gradual weakening of the prejudice about cannabis and its constituents.
In conclusion, legalizing medical cannabis in Greece is the first hopeful step in the right direction, both for the country’s path to European and world standards and for the thousands of patients who can legally use medical cannabis to effectively address their health issues.