I am a doctor: how do I prescribe cannabis?

In the Netherlands, cannabis is legally considered similar to an opiate. Therefore, a prescription needs to comply with the conditions stated in the Dutch Opium-law.

Besides the standard requirements for a medical prescription, please consider the following:

  • The NAME of the variety prescribed: Bedrocan, Bedrobinol, Bediol or Bedica (for more information on the differences, click here).
  • The AMOUNT of cannabis prescribed in gram: this needs to be spelled out in letters (i.e. FIVE gram, instead of 5 gram).
  • A description of the administration form and DOSE, and a maximum allowed total dose per 24hrs. Examples are given below:

Use as tea:
For a starting dose you may indicate: ve 200 ml tea (prepared from 1 gram of cannabis per 1 liter of water). Subsequently 1-2 dd. 200 ml tea. Based on individual experience the dose can be slowly increased by increasing dose (larger volume of tea) or frequency (more times a day).

Use by inhalation:
z.n. 100-200 mg to be administered with the use of a high quality vaporizer, preferably the Volcano. It is important to indicate the maximum dose, e.g. max. 3 dd.

  • The number of ITERATIONS, spelled out in letters (not numbers).
  • When prescribing more than one cannabis variety, you will need to use a single prescription for EACH variety.

You can find more detailed information in the special brochure for doctors and pharmacists (in Dutch) prepared by the Office of Medicinal Cannabis.

This article about Medical Marijuana was published on and updated on April 5, 2020 . Medical facts in this article was checked and article was medically reviewed by our . Author of this checked article is
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