Pure CBD is not itself regulated as a substance under the Croatian drug regime, however, the various differences in terms of regulations for different products and uses mean that the current regime is fairly complex. This report provides a detailed overview of the current regulatory framework in place in the country, including finished products, extracts, import and export, as well as restrictions relating to medical and recreational cannabis also.
1 Executive summary
2 Hemp plant
4 Extracts as a consumer product
5 Finished products
7 Recreational cannabis
8 Medical cannabis
9 Relevant bodies
10 Relevant laws
Although it is not scientifically proven that any of these products cure or limit the effects of these illnesses, it is believed that they ease symptoms when used alongside conventional treatment, the committee said.
The health ministry has insisted that it will ensure that all THC-based medicines prescribed by Croatian doctors will available to patients by allowing pharmaceutical wholesalers to import such products.
Doctors will be able to prescribe medicine, teas and ointment containing THC, the active element in cannabis, to their patients. Regulations permit each patient to receive up to 0.75 grammes of THC per month.
She explained that the ministry will decide which specific medicines are allowed “only when the first [THC-based] substance is imported and when our [Croatian health service] laboratories process it”.
A medical committee set up by the health ministry decided in January this year that the state should proceed with its legalisation because it can be useful for treating some illnesses, according to what it said was “the latest scientific and medical knowledge”.
She said that doctors also need to evaluate all the possible side-effects, dosages and conditions of use for THC products, which can only come after the lab research.
Currently there are no producers of medical marijuana or related products in Croatia, while no foreign companies that sell such products have shown any interest in entering the Croatian market.
According to the recommendations from the medical committee, herbal products made from cannabis can be used as additional medicine for treating tumours, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and child epilepsy.
But Vjekoslava Amerl Sakic, a doctor specialising in family medicine, told Croatian newspaper 24 Sata that “up to four months could pass before the first marijuana-based products are available to patients”.