Use of medical cannabis almost triples in Luxembourg
By Patrick Jacquemot and Zuzanna Reda-Jakima
Doctors in Luxembourg prescribed 140 kg of cannabis for medical use last year - for instance to help cancer patients fight nausea during chemotherapy - almost three times more than in 2019, data from the Health Ministry showed.
Parliament approved the medicinal use of cannabis in June 2018 for certain patients. “We expect consumption to increase,” an expert at the health ministry expert told the Luxemburger Wort, asking to remain anonymous.
Medical cannabis has so far only been available in Luxembourg in the form of dried flowers, but oily cannabis extracts will be added to the therapeutic arsenal from this year. “Doctors are more and more comfortable with prescribing medicinal cannabis,” the expert said.
In the first four months of this year alone, doctors prescribed almost 70 kg of medical marihuana, or half the total last year. Since February 2019, when first prescriptions started, some 630 people have been treated with cannabis, averaging 40 g of the plant per person.
“We see a constant increase in the number of patients treated as well as the quantity prescribed for each,” the expert said.
Cannabis is also in use for patients with multiple sclerosis, to help alleviate cramps stemming from the disease.