The ban on cannabis in the 1950’s resulted in the disappearance of what was formerly an established remedy and which had a firm place in popular medicine. However, numerous countries have meanwhile successfully implemented a re-medicalisation of the hemp plant and reacted to the increased demand of many patients.
The reason for the re-medicalisation is obvious: good effectiveness with marginal side effects. Cannabis offers a multitude of well-documented therapeutic application possibilities such as muscle relaxing, calming, mood lifting, appetite stimulating, nausea inhibiting, analgesic, bronchodilatation and intraocular pressure reducing effects. The medicinal use of cannabis prevails predominantly for patients for whom other medications are ineffective or not sufficiently effective.
„Patients want something that works well and does not have any side effects. Nowadays this is possible without any difficulty under medical supervision. Natural cannabis substances in particular can be put to optimal use and are more affordable than chemical substances. Teas and drops from natural cannabis substances are very well-tolerated and simple to use, especially for older patients.“
General practitioner Dr. Kurt Blaas
If cannabis is taken in therapeutic doses, there is no disruption of physiological functions or organ damage. Cannabis has a very low risk potential; overdosage is rare. A fact that also contributes to the re-medicalisation, particularly as – according to data from the US health authority National Institutes of Health – there are annually more deaths in the United States from overdoses of prescribed medicines than of illegal drugs. According to information from the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists (ABDA), more people died in Germany through medicines than through road accidents.