In what is one of the first instances of its kind, a UK citizen has successfully – and legally – acquired cannabis flowers to be used as a legal medical treatment.
The medical cannabis patient, who has been posting updates on Reddit, recently picked up their prescription for Bedrocan (cannabis flowers with 22% THC and <0.1% CBD ) in Amsterdam and returned with to the UK.
Medical cannabis has been legal since November 1st 2018. However, getting a prescription has not been easy for many.
“I went to the surgeon who operated on my spine a couple of years ago, described my symptoms, he did a physical examination, went through the other medications I’d be[en] prescribed, which, in his words: “you’ve had absolutely everything possible”, sent me for another MRI and nerve tests, and gave me a prescription for Bedrocan.”
The poster suffers from degenerative disk disease and several herniated disks, which has led to permanent nerve damage.
They go on to reveal that the prescription had instructions for the patient to “inhale three times a day” with the use of a vaporiser.
“I need to have a high tolerance, so as to be able to get effective pain relief without being couch-locked all day, every day. I need to work and I have kids.”
When it came to purchasing the medical cannabis, the patient decided that rather than wait for a UK pharmacy to source it, they would pick it up in Amsterdam, Holland, where cannabis is legally available for medicinal use.
“I could probably have got it here, but the pharmacist is still trying to source. Eventually he’ll find a way, but for now, it’s cheaper and easier just to fly. It cost less than €6 a gram, plus about £100 for flights.”
When asked what procedure they went through upon entering the UK, the poster said there were “ready with all documentation to declare at customs” but there was no-one there” – which they said was ”slightly disappointing” – so they “just walked through”.
Bedrocan is a Dutch company – the only company licensed by the Dutch Ministry of Health to produce medical flos (the whole, dried flower). It is also one of the few providers of medical products that UK specialists can now prescribe. They offer both regular flower and full extract oils.
As of November 1st, Bedrocan products are Schedule 2 drugs in the UK. Therefore, so long as you have a prescription, it is perfectly legal to import up to three month’s supply with no obligation to declare it at customs.
The government’s ‘personal import policy’ can be seen here.