Online repository of information around medical cannabis

August 31st, 2018

Minister for Health launches new online information repository on Medical Cannabis

The Minister for Health recently published an online repository of information around medical cannabis. The repository contains information for healthcare professionals, patients and others who are interested in finding out more about cannabis for medical use. This repository can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/fb8912-cannabis-for-medical-use/?referrer=/cannabis-for-medical-use/

It discusses current and proposed access to potential cannabis treatment and describes the legal and policy status of cannabis.  It also describes the Minister for Health’s role and that of the prescribing medical practitioner in relation to access to cannabis for medical use, as provided for in the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977-2016 and in line with expert clinical and scientific advice.

The Department will update this document as the available information and policy concerning medical cannabis develops.  Under Guidance from the Dept. of Health we highly recommend that any clinican or patient should refer to the Dept's website to obtain the most up to date and accurate information about medicinal cannabis and the application process. 

Important note: neither the Minister, nor the Department of Health can make the clinical decision that medical cannabis would be appropriate for the treatment of an individual’s health. The safety and efficacy of cannabis in a large number of medical conditions has yet to be proven. Such products should only be considered for use, where conventional/existing, evidence-based treatments or therapies have proven unsuccessful or inappropriate for the patient.