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Medical 'marijuana' coming to Sweden

TT/Rebecca Martin · 18 Aug 2011, 08:43

Published: 18 Aug 2011 08:43 GMT+02:00

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However, according to specialist Hans Sjögren at the agency, the spray won’t give users a high.

“To get high on cannabis you need a rather large concentration which you get if you smoke the substance or ingest higher doses. This is a relatively low concentration. You won’t get a kick from it,” he told Sveriges Radio (SR)

People suffering from MS, which damages the brain and the central nervous system, often experience problems with stiffness and muscle cramps.

The spray, which is used under the tongue, has been proved to be successful in alleviating MS symptoms by a series of medical studies.

The cannabis spray is already available in the UK and Spain. Earlier this year it was approved by agencies in Germany and Denmark.

It is not strictly illegal today to prescribe medicinal cannabis in Sweden but it is a lengthy and complicated process.

The doctor has to apply for a special permit from the Medical Products Agency and if approved the closest pharmacy has to arrange a special import.

According to SR, the agency receives about fifty applications a year, a number that reflects how many people in Sweden are actually prescribed the substance.

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In the US doctors have been able to prescribe marijuana to people suffering from depression, anxiety or chronic pain.

According to the company supplying the spray, the aim is to have it hit Swedish pharmacy shelves before the year is out.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:36 August 18, 2011 by gh2008
"However, according to specialist Hans Sjögren at the agency, the spray won't give users a high."

too bad :(
09:41 August 18, 2011 by jacquelinee
@polar bear

I guess we know why they wanted your signature on that "agreement" so fast, before this story broke.
09:56 August 18, 2011 by Smokebox
Puff puff pass...
11:39 August 18, 2011 by Mukr
I have depression, anxiety or chronic pain-:)
11:48 August 18, 2011 by Watchtower777
Medical marijuana aka Marinol has been widely used in the USA to treat cancer patients, and having working in a Cancer clinic for many years, this medicine is helpful to those who are suffering from cancer and close to death. Aside from all the joking here, it should be approved to help those who are in excruciating pain by get some relief from its effects.
12:25 August 18, 2011 by eppie
Why not legalize normal marijuana? O wait, then the big pharma companies can't make money from it.

I mean look at Sweden and the US. Everybody know enormous quantities of cocaine are used by the people who can afford it. Why not give the normal guy his fun?
13:48 August 18, 2011 by Svensksmith
13:54 August 18, 2011 by engagebrain
It will be interesting to see what side effects, or as the industry calls them 'contraindications', are listed for medical marijuana - given the remarkably low incidence of problems among non medical users.
14:24 August 18, 2011 by mamegoma
I don't see why the laws are so harsh here for marijuana. Tobacco and alcohol are far worse. I would rather be around a bunch of stoners than drunks.

Hurry up and make it legal so the government can tax the crap out of it and better this country.
14:37 August 18, 2011 by Uggla
It's about damn time! Wise up world pot is not the devil! It can help a lot of people!
15:39 August 18, 2011 by Abe L
Wish they would legalize marijunana altogether with a systembolaget kind of construction so people pay high tax on it. Instead they could release the monopoly on liquor and allow it be sold in supermarkets. It would be a nice income boost for the government, who could then reduce taxes.
16:29 August 18, 2011 by bells on the knight
i say the side effects are far less than having MS
18:28 August 18, 2011 by FireBoy
Banning the use of marijuana has been one of the most stupid laws ever passed.
20:01 August 19, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
This is a first step into the 21st century for Sweden with their pot laws

Medical prescriptions for smoking cannibis have been available in Canada since 2000. In a recent poll 53% of Canuks feel that it should be legalized while a significant majority feel it should be decriminalized. Still, we now have an idiot prime minister and conservative government that want to increase penalties for the dealers.

21:39 August 19, 2011 by crezz9
19:13 August 23, 2011 by mag
Harvard and Madrid universities have reported in studies that compounds called cannabinoids (THC and CBD) found in the cannabis plant destroy cancer cells. These studies hardly got any media coverage and Pharma companies are not interested in researching this further with humans as they stand to lose billions of dollars if it turns out that a plant which they can't patent and a person could grow at home, extract the oil very easily and self medicate can cure cancer. A biochemist cancer researcher from USA had prostate cancer and treated himself with this oil for 6 months and he cured himself without any other medical treatment. Google 'Dennis hill cancer'. Many people who have had terminal cancer have used raw cannabis oil and no longer have cancer in their bodies. It's not just an anti-nausea medication; these cannabinoids are actually shutting down cancerous cells. Watch the documentaries 'what if cannabis cured cancer' and 'run from the cure' on youtube
13:22 August 27, 2011 by countrysidedrive
How many die every year from cigarettes? How many die every year from alcohol? How many fights have been from alcohol? And marijuana is illegal. Go figure. And not only the fact that cigarettes and alcohol are 100 times worse than marijuana. But marijuana can help with sleep, eating disorders, nausea, pain, stress and mental health. So where is the logic. People who think marijuana is bad are extremely ill informed or refuse to accept it no matter what the scientists say.
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