Your latest cannabis business info from Europe

Your latest cannabis business info from Europe

2024-06-19

Prescriptions for medical cannabis in Poland: 100 times more!

Prescriptions for medical cannabis in Poland increased by 9420%

The Polish Centre for Public Opinion Research (CBOS) has recently revealed that 73.4% of Poles support the decriminalization of cannabis. Behind this support is also an increase in demand for medical cannabis. The sector has seen very strong growth since the legalization of medical cannabis in Poland in 2017.

The number of cannabis prescriptions issued in 2019 was a mere 2,909, but it skyrocketed to 276,807 in 2023, representing a 9,420% increase during this time. Pharmacy dispensations also increased, with a 13,942% increase from 33.2 kilograms in 2019 to 4,659 kilograms in 2023.

The factors driving the change in Poland

There are numerous factors that contribute to these figures. Initially, the supply was not available, and numerous physicians were hesitant to prescribe it because of the stigma and the lack of specific guidelines. Healthcare personnel gradually became acquainted with the medical advantages of cannabis, and new prescription sources were established. The implementation of online system that simplifies access to medical prescriptions, including medical cannabis, has been another important thing. Patients can request prescriptions and, after a brief virtual consultation, receive a code that allows them to purchase the medication in any pharmacy. Another development has been the emergence of specialized cannabis clinics, known as Klinika Konopna. They are run by doctors specialized in medical cannabis and are more likely to prescribe cannabis for Parkinson’s disease and other conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

A recent study showed that 47% of cannabis consumers in Poland obtain their prescriptions from these dispensaries, while 32% use the online system. Only 13% rely on other specialist doctors and 7% on traditional physicians. Access to medical cannabis in Poland varies by region. Pharmacies in small towns lack stock. Patients must ensure that pharmacies have the medication before requesting a prescription.

Government initiatives and challenges ahead

Deputy Health Minister Wojciech Konieczny recently announced that increasing the volume of imported cannabis would be considered to improve access. However, Health Minister Izabela Leszczyna stated that

“Poland is not ready for the legalization of cannabis”

and that “better information is needed before this can happen.” There will certainly be obstacles to overcome, but the country is on the way to establishing a more efficient system for consumers. Especially as we can see significant growth in sales of medical cannabis in Poland and first licences for its production.

Related

German medical cannabis associations call for easier access

NHS joins forces with Ananda for MRX1 endometriosis trial

POPULAR

Aldi Süd sells hemp amid Germany’s looming cannabis legalization

Prescriptions for medical cannabis in Poland: 100 times more!