Medical Cannabis

Supporting a realistic, evidence-based approach to drug policy in Ireland.

Update on Medical Cannabis
in Ireland

On February 10th the Minister of Health published a well-anticipated report by the HPRA on regulating cannabis-based medicines in Ireland. The report, which was commissioned by the Minister in November 2016, sets out to investigate three things:

1. An overview of products and clinical research in other jurisdictions;

2. An overview of regulations from other jurisdictions;

3. Legislative changes that would be required to allow use of medical cannabis in Ireland.

On the back of the report, the Minister has announced the establishment of a 5-year pilot compassionate exemption programme. Read the report in full here.

Compassionate exemption application

To enter the programme, patients must meet specific criteria and file a compassionate exemption application. An application is composed of the following:

  1. An outline of the treatment the patient has received to date and justification from the doctor as to why it is appropriate in their patient’s specific circumstances to prescribe a Schedule 1 drug;
  2. If the patient’s consultant is not the applicant, the views, if any, of the consultant in relation to the application;
  3. Details of the cannabis-based product which it is proposed to prescribe and administer to the patient;
  4. The source of the cannabis-based product;
  5. The arrangements for the ongoing monitoring and care of the patient once the cannabis-based treatment has commenced

The following conditions are specified by the HPRA report:

  1. Cannabis is a last instance medicine
  2. The patient’s consultant or specialist must prescribe the medicine
  3. There are 3 conditions included which are severe epilepsy; intractable nausea associated with chemo-therapy and spasticity associated with Multiple Sclerosis.
If you fit any of these criteria, contact us on the form below!

A Compassionate Call to Medical Cannabis patients in Ireland.

Help not Harm is seeking out to the people of Ireland who are currently using, or believe they could benefit from, medical cannabis.

Help not Harm seeks to support those who have been neglected by our healthcare system and offer them guidance when traversing the new medical cannabis regulations, as they emerge.

Your data will not be shared with third parties and your anonymity will be respected.

Vera Twomey; Ava Barry

Vera Twomey sparked huge media attention in Ireland campaigning for her daughter Ava, who suffers from a rare form of treatment resistant epilepsy called Dravet's Syndrome.

When Vera started her daughter on CBD oil - which is currently legal in Ireland as it contains no psychoactive agents - she saw a dramatic reduction in seizures. However, it's critical that Ava recieves some THC to completely stunt her epilepsy.

Ben Morgan; Stage four Chancer

Stage Four Chancer takes a humourous spin on the story of his illness, attempts to make it as a stand up comedian, his use of and decision to campaign with Help Not Harm for access to medical cannabis.

Ben spoke at the Global Medical Cannabis Summit about his journey, how medicinal cannabis has helped and is continuing to help him fight cancer and why the Irish Government need to provide access to medicinal cannabis for those who need it.

Check out Ben's blog here

Global Medical Cannabis Summit

This global summit brought together world class experts from science, public policy, business and campaigning to explore emerging new innovations in medical cannabis. The summit came just months before the Irish government voted to legalize medical cannabis in Ireland.

Link to medical cannabis bill

Medical cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries, with socially conscious and technologically savvy businesses carving out their own market niches. A range of regulation models are developing in vastly different political contexts around the world and campaigners are engaging with the public through innovative new methods.

Help Not Harm call for a programme in Ireland where patients can get medical cannabis-based medicines prescribed by their doctor. This assures high quality to the same standard as any pharmaceutical medication. These products should be included in the Drugs Payment Scheme and free for patients.

Global Medical Cannabis Summit 2017

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