Cannabis Named as a Medicinal Plant Year 2018 in Austria

Austria crowned marijuana as a medicinal plant in 2018. In the medical field, this plant is used for the treatment of cancer, pain relievers, and muscle relaxation.

Herbal Medicinal Products the Austrian Platform (HMPAP), a scientific network in the field of herbal medicines, selected marijuana as a medicinal plant in 2018. Selected marijuana plants based on various criteria, including recent studies, economic interests and relations with Austria.

For treatment, this plant extract can be purchased legally in Austria. Similarly, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and 20 US states, hemp or active substances may be used medically. You should know about the Pharmaceutical Cannabis.

Cannabis is known as an intoxicant plant and also has medical benefits. Cannabis contains more than 400 elements currently under study. Research is mainly focused on two active substances, in example THC and CBD.

THC psychoactive drug compound (tetrahydrocannabinol) is used in the treatment of cancer. THC is shown to help fight nausea and increase appetite (in example for anorexia). In addition, THC can relieve pain and relax muscles. Cannabis has been used in the United States since the 1990s against spasticity and multiple sclerosis.

The almost other entirely psychoactive, cannabidiol (CBD) element, helps epilepsy and schizophrenia of early childhood. In addition, CBD is also used in bone marrow transplantation, in case of a donor-to-receiver reaction. In 2019, the first drug with active ingredient CBD will be launched in the Austrian market.

Recently, a study by the University of Bonn and Hebrew University in Jerusalem has proven that small amounts of THC can slow down the process of brain aging.

According to the World Drug Report 2017, approximately 183 million people worldwide use marijuana. And in Germany, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. The main exporting countries of marijuana medicine are Morocco and Afghanistan.